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Kick off the holidays with a 5K

Healthy Set Go talked with Dr. Aimee Klapach about arthritis, and why she supports the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. There’s still time to participate in the 2016 event, which is Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.  

Why are you doing the Jingle Bell Run?
As an orthopedic surgeon, I see firsthand the effect arthritis has on my patients' abilities to enjoy simple activities. There isn’t currently a cure for arthritis, but science holds the key. Research is helping us better understand what causes arthritis, has revealed new treatments and, someday, may provide a cure. In addition to increasing awareness of arthritis, the Jingle Bell Run helps raise funds for this important research.

Plus, the run is fun and promotes a healthy lifestyle by keeping active! People can form teams, and many dress up in holiday-themed costumes or their best ugly holiday sweaters.

Tell us about your team
My team includes several co-workers from Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, and I’m on a mission to recruit others to join. We have all levels of abilities, from Ironman triathletes to people who are just starting to exercise.  

Will you walk or run at the Jingle Bell Run?
I was planning to run, but I’m encouraging more people to join our team, so I might walk with the team. Walk, run and roll—everyone is welcome. You can even bring your dog! (note: dog owner must sign a release and waiver liability agreement)

Do you have any advice on managing the symptoms of arthritis?
Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, and will affect 60 to 70 percent of us by age 60. Exercise is absolutely helpful in managing the symptoms of arthritis. Evidence shows the more movement you get, the better you do. Keeping your weight at a healthy level is another way to manage arthritis symptoms. Movement is important for well-being; it makes you feel better, and it’s good for your joints. It's a win-win!

How can we start to get more movement in our lives?
Having a daily goal is important. It can be small; just find a way to work movement into every day. Pick a race and train for it, or exercise with a buddy who can help make you accountable.

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