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August 2022

National AgrAbility Project

2023 NTW Call for Presentations and Posters - Staff are starting to post some information on the NAP website for the 2023 AgrAbility NTW. The "Call for Presentations and Posters" has been sent out to everyone on the staff listserv and has started going out to other contacts. One can access the Google forms for the Call for Presentations here and the Call for Posters here. Staff are also starting to send out the "Exhibitor/Sponsor Form". One can access that form here. Please feel free to share these links with anyone interested. If a Word version is needed to share, please contact Tess. Discussions concerning the potential keynote speaker are under way and staff hope to have that decision made during this month's meeting. The planning committee is currently meeting by Zoom on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1pm. Anyone interested in joining the planning committee, let Tess know, and she will add them to the list and send them the Zoom link.

Tess McKeel - -585.447.9015
or JoBeth Rath - - 585.402.2059

Submitted by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes

Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, managed through the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will again be a parter on the National AgrAbility Project for this grant year.
What is Osteoarthritis (OA)?
OA is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older adults, but it can affect young adults as well. OA mostly affects cartilage. The surface layer of cartilage breaks and wears away. This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of motion of the joint. There is no cure for arthritis, but joint pain and OA symptoms can be managed through treatment, lifestyle changes, and education.
What you can do to prevent OA!
Maintaining a healthy weight and preventing joint injuries are ways to lessen your risk of developing OA. If you have OA, the same methods along with staying active can reduce pain and stiffness, slow the progression of OA, and keeps joints mobile.
Joint pain is common as you get older, but you don’t have to “just live” with pain as you get older.
There are many ways to reduce joint pain so you can stay active your entire life!
What is the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)?
The OAAA is a national coalition of concerned organizations mobilized by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and now managed through the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are committed to elevating OA as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA. In addition, the OAAA, with the public health community, is working to ensure people with OA have the access, skills, and capacity to benefit from effective and proven intervention.
We are committed to educating people about OA and improving the lives of people with OA. Learn more on our website ( and reach out to us. We look forward to connecting with you in the future!