Locals lead workshop

The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division will be in Kitimat this month to conduct an arthritis workshop that will benefit the community.

The Arthritis Society, BC & Yukon Division will be in Kitimat this month to conduct an arthritis workshop that will benefit the community.

Led entirely by local volunteers, this workshop is aimed at helping participants better understand their type of arthritis and educate them on different ways of managing their pain.

 “We’re looking forward to a great turn out for our workshop, says Joan Vyner, the society’s Manager of Education and Services.

“We’ll discuss such topics as medications, supplements, complementary approaches, exercise, and healthy eating.”

 One of the unique features of the workshops is that they are led entirely by volunteers who have lived with arthritis themselves.

In this case, the workshops will be led by local residents Carolyn Watt, Laurel Degoeij and Ruth Mueller. 

“People think there’s really nothing they can do about their arthritis but there is,” says Vyner.

“Early intervention is the key. We know people manage their arthritis better when they understand what’s happening to their bodies and what they can do about it.

The Take Charge! Early Intervention for Osteoarthritis workshop takes place on four consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning next week, February 16, February 23, March 2 and March 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kitimat General Hospital.

Cost is $40 and includes a comprehensive manual (yours to keep). To register, please call 1-866-414-7766 and to learn more about arthritis, visit www.arthritis.ca.

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