From our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, British Columbia, comes this news: The National Arthritis Awareness Program (NAAP) has launched the Arthritis Broadcast Network (ABN) – North America’s first multi-media platform dedicated to broadcasting arthritis news, information and stories shared by both experts in the disease and by people living with arthritis.
“This is just the beginning for ABN and what we envision will be a new experience for our audience. There are extraordinary arthritis consumers and healthcare professionals doing some incredible things in the arthritis community,” said NAAP co-leader and Executive Director of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), Dr. John Esdaile. “Our goal is to create an innovative way for our audience to connect with us in year three of the national arthritis awareness program and help shape ABN.”
Guided by a panel of Canadian arthritis experts, ABN programming is focused on four key NAAP themes: (1) living well with arthritis; (2) saving lives and saving money by promoting arthritis prevention and treatment; (3) arthritis and women; and (4) using arthritis tools to aid early diagnosis and self-management/self-care.
At launch, ABN will provide consumers and healthcare professionals with the tools to learn more about arthritis on five dedicated programs:
ABN News: Arthritis news. Anytime. Anywhere.
ABN Life: Living your best life with arthritis
Arthritis Intel: Helping you detect, treat and manage arthritis
A-Team: Partnering with your healthcare team
ABN Women: Exploring women’s arthritis issues and needs
Commenting on how ABN is designed for viewers to participate with the network, NAAP co-leader and Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) President, Cheryl Koehn said, “ABN will be encouraging our audience to submit written stories and testimonials, photographs and videos.”
As 21st century technology allows arthritis sufferers to become a member of a truly interactive team through the Arthritis Broadcast Network, remember that simple everyday activities such as handwriting can also be improved for those who have arthritis. When you use a true ergonomic pen the pain and cramping that you usually associate with trying to grasp a pen with stiff fingers can be lessened. The UGLee Pen is scientifically designed to allow your arthritic hands and fingers to relax and write comfortably.