Ready to rally against arthritis? Here's how 

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Did you know?: Arthritis affects women at a much higher rate than men. Sixty percent of all people who have arthritis are female, and several of the more common forms are more prevalent in women. | File photo

The Arthritis Foundation offers the following insights, which might suprise you, about arthritis in America:

1. Nearly 50 million Americans (1 in 5 people) have been diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor. Nearly 300,000 children under the age of 17 are affected by juvenile arthritis.

2. The term “arthritis” encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues.

3. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Arthritis costs Americans $128 billion in treatment, lost wages and other associated costs.

4. Arthritis is a more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

5. Sixty-seven million people age 18 or older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2030.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Fundraising walks are scheduled locally for:

Chicago: 5:30 p.m. May 17 at The Dock at Montrose Beach. Visit www.arthritiswalkchicago.org.

Lake County: 8:30 a.m. April 27 at Old School Forest Preserve. Visit www.arthritiswalklakecounty.org.

South suburbs: 8:30 a.m. at Midlothian Meadows. Visit www.arthritiswalksouthsuburbs.org.

Participants walk in honor of a friend or family member with arthritis. People with arthritis wear blue hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. The event features a three-mile and one-mile course, with arthritis information and activities for the entire family. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs along for the event.

For more information, visit arthritis.org or call 312-372-2080.

— The Arthritis Foundation