World Arthritis Day 2016 – The Future In Your Hands Campaign

World Arthritis Day 2016
World Arthritis Day 2016

The future is in your hands! Share your personal story about living with a rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMD). Tell the world how you have taken action to:

  • Live your life to the fullest (if you have a RMD)
  • Support people with RMDs (carers, healthcare professionals and the wider public)

Share a #WADStory with these 4 steps:
1.        Step 1
Write your personal RMD story. This is completely personal to you and could be:

  • About overcoming a hurdle of having an RMD
  • How you support someone who has an RMD
  • A hobby you still enjoy despite having an RMD
  • Continuing or adapting a relationship, career or education with an RMD

2.        Step 2
Show us that the future is in your hands! Take a photo or Instagram video that includes your hands, helping to tell your personal story. You can also use an existing photo or video, if you have one

3.        Step 3
Upload your story (please see an example below) alongside a photo or Instagram video to our gallery. Then share your story on social media using #WADStory

4.        Step 4
Share the montage video on 12 October. The montage video will feature on our website and social media channels, so please share it and encourage others to view it!


World Arthritis Day 2013 – Find out more about the ‘Waving for World Arthritis Day’ and see how you can help!

World Arthritis Day
World Arthritis Day

Saturday is World Arthritis Day we are proud to share the fantastic media information created by the team at World Arthritis Day (

“Over 50,000 people from over 80 countries around the world are waving their support for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

Today we celebrate World Arthritis Day and our campaign to raise awareness
of the importance of physical activity for people with rheumatic and
musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).

In May we invited people to send us photographs and videos of people waving their support
for World Arthritis Day and people with RMDs. The response has been amazing, and the
numbers of people waving continues to climb day by day. Waving is a small gesture, but we
hope our campaign will have a big impact in helping people with RMDs to become more
physically active and encouraging policy makers to support all efforts to facilitate this.

Research shows that even small amounts of physical activity can benefit people with RMDs,
helping them to stay mobile, independent and able to participate in society. This campaign
is part of the World Arthritis Day 2011-2012 theme of ‘Move to Improve’.

Photographs and videos, featuring families, teams and individuals waving received up to 16
September have been included in a superb mosaic photomontage that campaigners will be
using for their World Arthritis Day events and promotions around the world.

“We are thrilled by the number of people who have contributed to our waving campaign,”
says Maria Batziou, leader of the World Arthritis Day Task Force and Chairperson of the
Standing Committee of PARE. “The support and enthusiasm we have received has been
fantastic and we would like to thank each and every person who took the time to send in
their waving pictures and videos, as well as all those who have been actively involved in
spreading the word amongst their networks.”

Word about the campaign has spread through an active social media campaign and, to
inject a little healthy competition into the campaign, countries have been ranked and the
top five with the most people waving are feature on the Home page of the website – other rankings can be found by country. As some awareness campaigns fall after the 12 October the waving gallery will remain open until 31 October. Waving photographs and videos can be uploaded to the World Arthritis Day website via a computer or mobile device. Simply visit and follow the five easy steps.

World Arthritis Day, which is celebrated every year on 12th October, provides a platform for
people with RMDs to make their voices heard and to highlight some of the issues faced by
people living with RMDs. RMDs, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and
ankylosing spondylitis, affect over 120 million men, women and children of all ages in
Europe alone.

For more information on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and physical
activity visit the World Arthritis Day website”

They have also produced some rather useful background info which we would like to share.

What is ‘Waving for World Arthritis Day’?
Physical activity is vitally important for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs),
which is why the ‘Move to Improve’ theme was created for World Arthritis Day (WAD) in 2011

To generate awareness of some of the key issues facing people with RMDs in and build support for
the WAD ‘Move to Improve’ theme the Waving for WAD campaign provides a fun way to promote
an important message, by inviting everyone to photograph or video people waving for WAD – a
physical activity anyone can participate in!

Supporters from around the world joined in by taking a fun picture of their friends, families,
colleagues, team mates and wider networks waving their hands, arms or whole body. Pictures and
short videos of people waving were uploaded onto the World Arthritis Day website
( Each person seen waving for WAD in the photograph or video
was counted. Photographs and still images from video footage of people waving received before 16
September have also been used as pixels in a giant picture (photomontage) to be used in national
campaigns on World Arthritis Day (12 October).

About rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs)
RMDs encompass more than 200 different diseases including inflammatory diseases such as
rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondilitis and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and

RMDs are characterized by pain and a consequent reduction in the range, motion and function in
one or more areas of the musculoskeletal system; in some diseases there are signs of inflammation:
swelling, redness and warmth in the affected areas. Rheumatic diseases can also affect internal

Key facts
 In the industrialised world rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases affect more individuals than
any other disease group, with 120 million people affected across Europe alone
 One third of people are affected by rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases at some point during
their lifetime and people of all ages can be affected
 Musculoskeletal complaints are the second most common reason for consulting a doctor and
account for around 10% to 20% of all doctors visits
 75% to 85% of people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives