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National Arthritis Month -- May 1996

May is National Arthritis Month. Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States, affects an estimated 40 million persons and may affect nearly 60 million persons by 2020. The primary goal of the 1996 arthritis month is to encourage patients to Stay Active with ArthritisSM. Benefits of regular physical activity to persons with arthritis include decreasing fatigue, strengthening muscles and bones, increasing flexibility and stamina, and improving the general sense of well-being.

Information about arthritis can be obtained from the Arthritis Foundation, telephone (800) 283-7800 or (404) 872-7100 and from the foundation's World Wide Web site at http://www.arthritis.org. An Arthritis Month promotion kit is available from the foundation, telephone (404) 872-7100, ext. 6319.



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