Today is THE day.  Go to the World Autoimmune Arthritis Day website and sign up to race around the world (virtually) and earn points for arthritis research charities.

Why would you want to do this?   Autoimmune arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in Canada.  More than half of all people suffering from arthritis are under the age of 65.

In Autoimmune Arthritis, not only are the joints affected, but all systems in the body can be affected.  Some of the diseases that are included in this group include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Still’s Disease, Sjorgen’s Syndrome, Lupus, and Juvenile Arthritis.

More recent research is suggesting that a healthy diet, based on the Mediterranean diet may help to reduce symptoms of pain and stiffness.  This diet also helps to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes; diseases which often seem occur more often in people who have arthritis.

So go to the Website and participate in the virtual race.