Wellness on Wednesday (WOW)

Arthritis can generally be divided into inflammatory and osteo- arthritis. The most common inflammatory arthritis includes rheumatoid, psoriatic, and gout. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Even though it is not classified as inflammatory arthritis, it still exhibits increased inflammation associated with pain.

Arthritis is highly related to lifestyle. Addressing the six basic pillars of a healthy lifestyle can effectively manage arthritis. Most people do not associate food with arthritis, except in the gouty arthritis. However, adopting a whole food, plant-based diet has been proven to drastically reduce inflammation and pain in both inflammatory and osteo-arthritis.

Rochester Clinic embraces this opportunity to introduce a series of health talks on how lifestyle medicine can effectively manage arthritis.

Hear From the Experts

Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine in Arthritis Management!

May 24, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Jengyu Lai, DPM, DipABLM and Denise Stegall, Host

During this session, you will learn all free resources and health activities provided through Let’s Walk Minnesota project to help prevent and better manage arthritis conditions. These practicing physicians will share many practical tips on how to combat arthritis conditions to enhance physical movement.

The impact of inflammation on the body and the tools we have to fight it

May 31, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Monica Aggarwal, MD

1. Understand the role of inflammation in chronic illness
2. Learn about the role of the microbiome in healing
3. Discuss the impact of exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle changes on healing

Lifestyle Interventions for Joint Health

June 7, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Stephan Esser, MD

1: Participants will learn how exercise can alter pain and improve joint function
2: Participants will learn the latest science on how nutrition synchronously works with movement to reduce pain, improve function and slow joint degeneration

Whole Person Approach to Manage Ankle Osteoarthritis

June 14, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Jengyu Lai, DPM, DipABLM

Lower extremity health is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Conversely, the development of many lower extremity conditions is associated with lifestyle. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease. Ankle OA affects walking and reduces physical activities. A whole-person, lifestyle medicine approach can effectively manage OA.

Movement is good medicine for kids too!

June 21, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Amy Rabatin, MD

We will review the physical activity guidelines for children, describe how movement is medicine for pediatric patients with diagnoses such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and review challenges with single sport selection for youth athletes.

Lifestyle Interventions to Prevent and Improve Arthritis Pain

June 28, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Joel Fuhrman, MD

Practical postural, gait and exercise tips to improve joint alignment and balance—can not only prevent pain but also reduce risk of arthritic joint damage in your future. Eating healthfully to improve circulation also protects the joints, and those foods that increase cardiovascular and cancer risk, also inflame the joints and allow progression of arthritis.

Learning objectives:

1. Evaluating and treating pronation, gait and leg length discrepancy.
2. Eating to prevent premature aging and chronic disease.
3. How foods can influence arthritic degeneration and pain.

Meet the Host

Meet Denise Stegall, Our Host

Denise E. Stegall, is the Healthy Living Liaison, Curator of Living Healthy List.com, and International Best Selling author. With over 25 years of experience in nutrition, cooking, exercise, and coaching, Denise is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs and businesswomen find a healthy, happy, and productive lifestyle that works for them.