Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease — the body attacks itself — that causes pain, stiffness and limited motion in the joints. The Web site www.ICanWithRA.com offers cooking tips, recipes and kitchen ideas for sufferers. Among the tips: Buy small boxes and containers, which are easier to lift. Or, have a family member buy in bulk and then divide and repackage into smaller containers. Utensils to have include an electric jar/can opener, food processor and pots and pans that have two handles.
is still key
For people with developmental disabilities, the key to surviving a natural disaster may be in preparing for the worst, says Maribeth Mooney of Indiana University's Institute on Disability and Community. The prime thing to know is where they can go in an emergency. Mooney recently published "I am Citizen Prepared," a free loose-leaf handbook on disaster planning and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and their families. It can be downloaded at www.iidc.indiana.edu (click on "Aging and Community") or call Mooney at (812) 856-5543.
Arthritis patients sought for study
People age 50 and older who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee and who have not been exercising for at least six months are sought for a drug-free medical study. The Arthritis Research Institute of America and the Morton Plant Mease Cheek-Powell Wellness Center, Clearwater, are seeking volunteers for an eight-week study of mild, guided exercise to determine its effect on balance, agility and strength. For information, call Matt Rogers: (727) 461-4054, or email@example.com.
Spinach loses nutrients over time
Fresh spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, but after about four days in the fridge the antioxidant and folate levels of spinach plummet, cautions RealAge.com. Colder temperatures are better for holding important carotenoids, compounds that are converted into vitamin A. Your best bet for fresh spinach is from a farmers' market or co-op store, followed by the supermarket. After that, figure on buying frozen spinach.
On the calendar
This month, CVS pharmacies in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties are offering free glucose screenings, as a step in diabetes detection. No appointment is necessary; to learn which drug stores closest to you are offering the screenings, and when, go to CVS.com and in the column headed Pharmacy Counter, click on "Cares for You Screenings."
Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Mid Florida Chapter walkMS fundraiser, with 3K and 5K accessible walks. For information or to register, call toll-free 1-888-950-9080, or go to www.midfloridamswalks.org. Another set of walks will take place in St. Petersburg March 29.
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