Webinar: Gardening with Effective Arthritis Management

2013-05-14T16:54:00Z Webinar: Gardening with Effective Arthritis ManagementContributed by Tina DeWitt Agriculture & Natural Resources Secretary Purdue Extension – La Porte County nwitimes.com

LAPORTE | Gardeners who suffer from arthritis will learn that they still can find ways to continue their hobby. Purdue Extension – La Porte County will host a one-hour webinar about Gardening with Effective Arthritis Management on Wednesday, May 29, beginning at 2:00 p.m. CDT (3:00 p.m. EDT) at its office located at 2857 West State Road 2, La Porte, IN.

Gardening is one of America’s most popular hobbies. According to a recent Greenhouse Management Online study, nearly 164 million homeowners in the US (49%) gardened in the past 12 months. In addition to the enjoyment it brings, gardening is also a great activity for maintaining range of motion, bone density and strength, joint flexibility, and overall quality of life.

However, many people feel they have to give up this popular pastime because of arthritis pain. Arthritis is the number one disability-causing disease in America, with nearly 50 million Americans having a diagnosis of at least one form of arthritis.

The goal of this one-hour webinar organized by the National AgrAbility Project at Purdue University is to provide an overview of the tasks related to gardening and to show the relationship between arthritis pain management and maintaining a productive garden. Presenters will include Amber D. Wolfe, National AgrAbility Project coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, and Stephen J. Swain, assistive technology specialist for the National AgrAbility Project and rural rehabilitation specialist for the Indiana AgrAbility Project.

Topics include:

• Arthritis limitations and barriers

• Tools and techniques for planting, weeding, and harvesting

• Ergonomic and mobility issues

• Selection of proper growing media and varieties of plants

A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Folks are invited to participate in the free webinar at the Purdue Extension – La Porte County office; please call 219-324-9407 to RSVP. They may also register online by May 24 to view the webinar at another location such as at home or at the office at www.tinyurl.com/garden-webinar. If you are unable to watch the live webinar, you may still view a recording of the program; please call Purdue Extension – La Porte County (219-324-9407) for that information.

For more information, contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264 or agrability@agrability.org.

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