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Team USA’s Shannon Boxx: Life & Soccer with Lupus

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As we celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, Team Arthritis wants to pay tribute to team USA’s midfielder Shannon Boxx, who, living with lupus, is all too familiar with life with arthritis. This year’s World Cup™ marks Boxx’s fourth Women’s World Cup™.

Fun Fact: Midfielders run a distance of 120-yard across the field to play offense and sprints back to play defense, running about 7 miles in a 90-minute game and engaging in close combat to gain possession of the ball. Continue reading

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 31: You are the champion!

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 31: You are the champion!

Regardless of who wins the FIFA World Cup championship game today in Estadio do Maracana Rio de Janeiro, Arthritis Broadcast Network expresses a big thank you to all of you who participated and shared your goals for arthritis. Today, we hope you enjoy the finals and crowning of a new World Cup champion.

As an organization passionate about the health and wellness of people living with arthritis, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is seeking its own champions in the community through our program – Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Awards.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerThrough a rigorous selection process using wide-ranging criteria, ACE will evaluate Canadian companies that apply best arthritis strategies and practices in the workplace. The application process will deliver insights to further strengthen Canadian companies’ approaches to creating a more productive and arthritis-friendly work environment. And it is an opportunity for employers and employees to assess their companies’ awareness of arthritis and their support systems for employees living with the disease, and be awarded recognition for doing so. To apply for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Awards, click here.

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to nominate a company who you feel is a great arthritis champion, providing employees living with arthritis a healthy and positive workplace.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 30: Channelling Astrud

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 30: Channelling Astrud

The day before the finals will see fans at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil enjoying the atmosphere to its fullest. Many fans will flock to Ipanema – a fashionable seaside neighbourhood located in the southern region of Rio de Janeiro.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerYou too can get into the mood by playing some Bossa Nova today in the summer sun and, if you are really feeling the Brazilian World Cup vibe, perform a karaoke version of one of Brazil’s most famous songs: The Girl from Ipanema. To help inspire you musically (the hairstyle and clothes may inspire as well), here is the original from Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz.

And to help you rehearse, here are the lyrics:

Tall and tan and young and lovely 
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes
Goes “A-a-a-h”
When she walks she’s like a samba
When she walks, she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when she passes, each one she passes
Goes “A-a-a-h”
Oh, but I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her I love her
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day as she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at me
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, I smile, but she
Doesn’t see. She just doesn’t see
No, she just doesn’t

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 29: Brazzzzzil

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 29: Brazzzzzil

In preparation for the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, USA Today reported on the steps the United States Men’s National Soccer team were taking to ensure their players were optimizing their recovery and rest time:

“Since the start of training camp last month, the players have been wearing wristbands that detect their sleep and wake periods, and characterize the quantity and quality of their sleep. That data are analyzed and applied practically.

If a player is struggling during training, was it because he woke up several times during the night? Or was it because he slept with his iPhone or TV on or used his laptop shortly before bed?

“It’s an interesting concept,” the team’s fitness director, Masa Sakihana, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. “Sleep can affect your reaction time and your performance.”

#Goals4Arthritis BannerSleep not only can affect an athlete’s reaction time and their performance, it can also affect the life of someone living with arthritis. For many people living with arthritis, “I’m so tired” is a common phrase – 80-100% of people living with certain types of inflammatory arthritis live with fatigue. Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to combat fatigue and sleep for at least 8 hours.

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#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 28: PED: Performance enhancing diet

Along with intense, high performance training and exercise, today’s players in the FIFA World Cup follow rigorous nutrition and diet regimes to maximize their performance. The coaching staff of the World Cup teams, with the guidance and direction of dieticians and nutritionists, provide their players carefully planned meals and snacks.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerMaintaining a good diet is also good for your joint  health. #Goals4Arthritis wants you to enhance your performance by eating well today. Cooking at home is a good way to ensure you get the healthy ingredients your body requires and a positive way to be active and get your joints moving.

Though no dietary miracles have yet been discovered in the fight against arthritis, scientists have made a number of recent research advancements on the role of diet and nutrition in arthritis treatment. Today, we understand much more about the connections between arthritis, diet, healthy bodyweight, immune function, and inflammation. We are learning more and more about the positive steps each of us can take to fight arthritis and encourage overall health.

To help you understand what the research is telling us about arthritis and nutrition, click here for a discussion about what is proven effective, and what is not:

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 27: Are you in the running for the World Cup?

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 27: Are you in the running for the World Cup?

In the FIFA World Cup, players run approximately 70 per cent of the actual minutes of a game. The faster a soccer player can run, the greater his ability to beat defenders. Most of the runs made in soccer are explosive, high intensity runs, where sprinting, strength and jumping ability are extremely important.

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to take advantage of the weather and go out for a run.

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Below are tips, courtesy of Runner’s World, for people living with arthritis who wants to continue running.

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