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May is Arthritis Awareness Month.

Did you know that 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has arthritis? Risk factors like obesity, infection, injury, and smoking can increase the risk of developing arthritis or make it worse.

The good news is that these risk factors can be managed. How? Start by embracing a healthy lifestyle with this checklist.

✓ Maintain a healthy weight through exercise and a balanced diet.
✓ Visit your doctor regularly to manage new symptoms or issues.
✓ Take care of your joints by doing joint-friendly exercises to keep them limber.
✓ Pay attention to how you move and bend to prevent injury or strain.
✓ Seek support to help you kick smoking to the curb.

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