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Published by Alpha Omicron Pi, 2016-10-28 17:27:59

2016 Arthritis Edition - To Dragma

2016 Arthritis Edition - To Dragma

To of Alpha Omicron Pi
Vol. 80 No. 4
DragmaArthritisEdition2016

REGISTER FOR
JINGLE BELL
RUN p.14

KRISTEN’S
STORY p.32

Mercedes Alvarado and Haley
Clark at Alpha Lambda’s (Georgia
Southern U) April 2016 Strike Out
Arthritis! event.

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8 14 contents

32 39 On the Cover:
Alpha Delta (U of
4 Editor’s Letter 28 Things We Love Alabama) raised $19,350
7 Viewpoint 30 Eye-opening Food Facts at their October 2016
8 2016 AOII & MLB Recap 32 Kristen’s Story Strike Out Arthritis! event!
10 Connect with an Arthritis 38 Your Exercise Solution
Foundation Near You! 39 The Face of Arthritis 3
14 2016 Jingle Bell Run 40 Your Strike Out Arthritis!
Information Event Funds
26 Walk to Cure Information

About Alpha Omicron Pi: from the editor
Alpha Omicron Pi was founded at Barnard College in
New York City, January 2, 1897, by Jessie Wallace Hughan, Hello! The last time I sat down to write the
Helen St. Clair Mullan, Stella George Stern Perry & Editor’s Letter I was excited because we were
Elizabeth Heywood Wyman. about to release an issue unlike anything we
had ever done before: a special two-sided summer
The Object of the Fraternity: issue with collegiate-driven content throughout one
The object of the Fraternity shall be to encourage a spirit side and alumnae-driven content throughout the
of Fraternity and love among its members; to stand at other. I loved creating that issue, and I hope you loved
all times for character, dignity, scholarship, and college flipping through it!
loyalty; to strive for and support the best interest of the
colleges and universities in which chapters are installed, Now, I am writing this letter, still excited because again, we have created
and in no way to disregard, injure, or sacrifice those something new: an arthritis edition of To Dragma. Available online only, this
interests for the sake of prestige or advancement of the special issue is full of great information about our Fraternity’s commitment
Fraternity or any of its chapters. to raising awareness for arthritis.

Mission Statement: You can find information on upcoming Walk to Cure and Jingle Bell Run
Women Enriched Through Lifelong Friendship. events. You can locate an Arthritis Foundation office near your chapter
and see some of the highlights from our Strike Out Arthritis! Major League
Culture Principles: Baseball games from the past season. You can read all about one woman’s
A look at “how” we do things: Accountability & story of her sister’s incredible battle with arthritis, and about one collegiate
Ownership, Collaboration, Engagement, Innovation, woman’s recollection of volunteering at Camp M.A.S.H. Additionally, you
Open & Honest Communication can learn about how exactly your chapter’s SOA! funds make a difference
and read about some great tools and resources which make life with
How to Join Life Loyal AOII: arthritis a little easier.
Visit the AOII website (alphaomicronpi.org), or contact
[email protected] I hope this special issues inspires you to continue to host amazing
philanthropy events and raise awareness of arthritis. As an AOII, you play a
How to Join an AOII Alumnae Chapter: valuable role in fighting this debilitating disease.
Visit the AOII website for contact information on an
alumnae chapter near you. Haley Cahill, Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U)
Assistant Director of Communications/Editor
International President
Gayle Fitzpatrick, Alpha Rho (Oregon State U)

Executive Director
Troylyn LeForge, Beta Phi (Indiana U)

Alpha Omicron Pi is a member of the National
Panhellenic Conference and the Fraternity
Communications Association.

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featured. Don’t forget to follow AOII to keep up with the Fraternity, and has been published since 1905. The mission
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inspire our readers on subjects relevant to our Fraternity,
our chapters, our members, or Greek life; to encourage
lifetime AOII involvement; to salute excellence; and to serve
as a permanent record of our Fraternity’s history.

Assistant Director of Communications/Editor
Haley Cahill, Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U)

Graphic Designer
Hillary Stewart, Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U)

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Photo from the 2015 Strike Out
Arthritis! game with the Tampa
Bay Rays.

ViewPoint

Welcome to our first exclusively digital edition of To Dragma!
In this special edition, we are highlighting all of the great things
AOIIs are doing in support of our philanthropy, arthritis, and our
partnership with the Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis has been our
philanthropy since 1967, and we continue to expand our programs
to raise funds in support of the mission to conquer arthritis once
and for all.

Strike Out Arthritis! is our signature event for arthritis fundraising.
The work that our collegiate and alumnae chapters put into their
events is phenomenal. Baseball, softball, wiffle ball, volleyball,
bowling, 5K Runs or a Smoke Out Arthritis! Barbecue dinner—all
of these are examples of the types of events our chapters are
hosting to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. I am continually
impressed with the creativity of our chapters in the planning of
their Strike Out Arthritis! events.

Our partnership with Major League Baseball continues to grow.
This past season we held Strike Out! events with 28 baseball
teams. This was a great way for our collegians and alumnae to enjoy a fun night out in support of arthritis.

The next event in support of the Arthritis Foundation is the Jingle Bell Run. I am proud to represent AOII as
the 2016 Jingle Bell Run National Chair. Our fundraising goal is $150,000 for this event. I hope that everyone is
getting their running or walking shoes ready to participate in this fun event. Turn to page 14 to find out how
you can sign up and what incentives you could earn.

As you can see, AOIIs are front and center in raising funds for arthritis! Thank you for all that you are doing to
support our philanthropy. Remember that what we are doing has a positive impact on someone you may
know or not know who has been stricken with arthritis.

Gayle Fitzpatrick, Alpha Rho (Oregon State U)
AOII International President

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Strike Out
Arthritis!

with AOII and Major League Baseball!

This year, AOII has partnered with 28 Major League Baseball
teams to Strike Out Arthritis! We even had the opportunity to
host a reception for our members in attendance at a Chicago
Cubs game, New York Yankees game and Atlanta Braves game.
Check out some of the photos from these exciting games!
Next year’s season is shaping up to be another hit. Stay tuned
for information on next season’s games.

Chicago Cubs

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New York Yankees

#AOIIStrikeOutWithMLB

Philadelphia Phillies Houston Astros

Detroit Tigers

Atlanta Braves 9

Connect with your local

Listed below are the Arthritis Foundation (AF) offices in each state
and the collegiate chapters nearby. Visit arthritis.org/local-offices/

to find contact information.

Alabama California
Birmingham, Alabama Los Angeles, California
Alpha Delta (U of Alabama) Delta Sigma (San Jose State U)
Delta Delta (Auburn U) Lambda Alpha (U of La Verne)
Delta Epsilon (Jacksonville State U) Lambda Beta (California State U, Long Beach)
Delta Tau (U of Alabama in Huntsville) Sigma Phi (California State U, Northridge)
Gamma Delta (U of South Alabama) San Diego
Rho Delta (Samford U) Lambda Iota (U of California, San Diego)
Sigma Delta (Huntingdon College) Theta Iota (California State U, San Marcos)
Tau Delta (Birmingham Southern College)
Troy U San Francisco, California
Zeta Pi (U of Alabama at Birmingham) Chi Psi (California Polytechnic State U)
Xi Rho (Sonoma State U)
Alaska Zeta Theta (California State U, Chico)
Anchorage, Alaska
Colorado
Arizona Denver, Colorado
Phoenix, Arizona Epsilon Gamma (U of Northern Colorado)
Theta Omega (Northern Arizona U)
Connecticut
Arkansas Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Little Rock, Arkansas U of Connecticut
Sigma Omicron (Arkansas State U)
Upsilon Beta (U of Arkansas, Fort Smith) Delaware
Xi Omicron (U of Arkansas) No AF in Delaware
Closest location is Columbia, Massachusetts

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Florida Iowa
West Des Moines, Iowa
Tampa, Florida Alpha Theta (Coe College)
Alpha Pi (Florida State U) Iota Sigma (Iowa State U)
Gamma Omicron (U of Florida) Theta Chi (Morningside College)
Gamma Theta (U of South Florida)
Pi Theta (Florida International U) Kansas
Kappa Gamma (Florida Southern College) Prairie Village, Kansas
Mu Lambda (Rollins College)

Hawaii Kentucky
Honolulu, Hawaii Louisville, Kentucky
Alpha Chi (Western Kentucky U)
Georgia Beta Chi (Kentucky Wesleyan College)
Atlanta, Georgia Delta Omega (Murray State U)
Alpha Lambda (Georgia Southern U) Epsilon Omega (Eastern Kentucky U)
Beta Zeta (Kennesaw State U) Kappa Omega (U of Kentucky)
Delta Lambda (Columbus State U) Nu Omega (Northern Kentucky U)
Gamma Sigma (Georgia State U) Pi Alpha (U of Louisville)
Lambda Chi (LaGrange College) Tau Omega (Transylvania U)
Lambda Delta (Dalton State College)
Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia) Louisiana
Phi Gamma (Georgia College & State U) No AF in Louisiana
Closest location is Little Rock, Arkansas
Idaho Delta Beta (U of Louisiana at Lafayette)
No AF in Idaho Kappa Chi (Northwestern State U)
Closest location is Salt Lake City, Utah Kappa Tau (Southeastern Louisiana U)
Beta Sigma (Boise State U) Lambda Tau (U of Louisiana at Monroe)

Illinois Maine
Chicago, Illinois No AF in Maine
Epsilon Sigma (Quincy U) Closest location is Concord, New-Hampshire
Beta Nu (Illinois State U) Gamma (U of Maine)
Delta Rho (DePaul U)
Iota (U of Illinois) Maryland
Phi Chi (U of Chicago) Columbia, Maryland
Sigma Tau (Washington College)
Indiana Theta Beta (Towson U)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Beta Phi (Indiana U) Rockville, Maryland
Chi Lambda (U of Evansville) Pi Delta (U of Maryland)
Delta Xi (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
Kappa Alpha (Indiana State U) Massachusetts
Kappa Kappa (Ball State U) Newton, Massachusetts
Phi Upsilon (Purdue U) Delta (Tufts U)

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Michigan New Mexico
Troy, Michigan Albuquerque, New Mexico
Beta Gamma (Michigan State U)
Kappa Rho (Western Michigan U) New York
Lambda Eta (Grand Valley State U) New York, New York
Omicron Pi (U of Michigan) Alpha (Barnard College of Columbia U)
Sigma Chi (Hartwick College)
Minnesota Theta Pi (Wagner College)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tau (U of Minnesota) North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mississippi Alpha Epsilon (Wingate U)
No AF in Mississippi Epsilon Chi (Elon U)
Closest location is Birmingham, Alabama Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U)
Nu Beta (U of Mississippi) Zeta Psi (East Carolina U)

Missouri North Dakota
St. Louis, Missouri Fargo, North Dakota
Delta Kappa (Washington U in St. Louis)
Delta Pi (U of Central Missouri) Ohio
Missouri State U Cincinnati, Ohio
Omega (Miami U)
Montana
Missoula, Montana Cleveland, Ohio
Alpha Phi (Montana State U) Alpha Psi (Bowling Green State U)
Theta Psi (U of Toledo)
Nebraska Phi Lambda (Youngstown State U)
Omaha, Nebraska
Phi Sigma (U of Nebraska-Kearney) Hilliard, Ohio
Zeta (U of Nebraska-Lincoln) Chi Epsilon (The Ohio State U)
Kappa Delta (Wright State U)
Nevada Omega Upsilon (Ohio U)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Delta Nu (U of Nevada, Reno) Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
New Hampshire Chi Theta (Northeastern State U)
Concord, New Hampshire Omega Sigma (Oklahoma State U)
Xi (U of Oklahoma)
New Jersey
Iselin, New Jersey Oregon
Gamma Phi (Seton Hall U) Portland, Oregon
Alpha Nu (Ramapo College of New Jersey) Alpha Rho (Oregon State U)
Iota Theta (Monmouth U)

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Pennsylvania Utah
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Salt Lake City, Utah
Epsilon Alpha (Pennsylvania State U)
Beta Eta (Gettysburg College) Vermont
Phi Beta (East Stroudsburg U) No AF in Vermont
Lambda Upsilon (Lehigh U) Closest location is Concord, New Hampshire
Tau Lambda (Shippensburg U)
Virginia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Richmond, Virginia
Sigma Beta (Saint Joseph’s U) Gamma Alpha (George Mason U)
Rho Beta (Virginia Commonwealth U)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alpha Mu (Duquesne U) Washington
Sigma Rho (Slippery Rock U) Seattle, Washington
Alpha Gamma (Washington State U)
Rhode Island Tau Gamma (Eastern Washington U)
Warwick, Rhode Island Upsilon (U of Washington)
Beta Upsilon (Bryant U)
Washington D.C.
South Carolina No AF in D.C.
No AF in South Carolina Closest location is Rockville, Maryland
Closest location is Charlotte, North Carolina
Chi Phi (U of South Carolina Aiken) West Virginia
Charleston, West Virginia
South Dakota Sigma Alpha (West Virginia U)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Wisconsin
Tennessee West Allis, Wisconsin
Nashville, Tennessee Kappa Sigma (U of Wisconsin-River Falls)
Kappa Omicron (Rhodes College) Phi Delta (U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Lambda Omicron (Cumberland U)
Nu Omicron (Vanderbilt U) Wyoming
Omicron (U of Tennessee) No AF in Wyoming
Phi Alpha (East Tennessee State U) Closest location is Denver, Colorado
Pi Omicron (Austin Peay State U)
Rho Omicron (Middle Tennessee State U)
Tau Omicron (U of Tennessee at Martin)

Texas

Dallas, Texas
Delta Theta (Texas Woman’s U)
Lambda Rho (Texas Christian U)
Sigma Theta (Sam Houston State U)
Theta Sigma (Tarleton State U)
Texas A&M U
Upsilon Lambda (U of Texas at San Antonio)

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Join Every AOII Collegiate and Alumnae Chapter
is encouraged to be a part of Team AOII
TeoaurmJBR! National for the 2016 Jingle Bell Run!

More than 100 JBR events are scheduled
throughout the country in November
and December. AOII has pledged to raise
$150,000 from the collective efforts of our
chapters and members. And if an event is
not near you, the option to Jingle in Your
Jammies allows you to still be on the team.

To Participate in an event:

If you are starting an AOII team:

• Select either Register One Individual or Register Multiple Individuals
with the same credit card

• Select Start a Team then select New Team Under Group
• From the drop down box, select Team AOII National Scroll down and

type in your team name and enter your team fundraising goal and
participant goal
- Collegiate Example: Team AOII Alpha—Columbia University
- Alumnae Example: Team AOII--Mid Missouri Alumnae
• Select Continue
• Fill out the form and click Continue

If you are joining a team:

• Select either Register One Individual or Register Multiple Individuals w/the same credit card
• Select Join a Team
• From the drop-down box, select Team AOII National and click Select
• If there is an AOII team in your city, the team name will appear, click Join Team to the right of

the team you will be joining.
• Fill out the form and click Continue

Form a team. Run or walk for a great cause.
Become a part of Team AOII National.

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If there is no nearby event:

To Jingle In Your Jammies:

1. Register a Jingle in Your Jammies Team for your chapter in the Franklin, TN event
• Select the Franklin, TN Jingle Bell Run at jbr.org
• Select either Register one Individual or Register Multiple Individuals w/the same
credit card
• Select Start a Team then select New Team Under Group
• From the drop down box, select Team AOII National Scroll down and type in your team
name and enter your team fundraising goal and participant goal
- Collegiate Example: Jingle in Your Jammies Xi Rho—Sonoma State Univ.
- Alumnae Example: Jingle in Your Jammies—Kalamazoo Area Alumnae
• Select Continue
• Fill out the form and click Continue
2. Register as individuals on the general Jingle in Your Jammies Team in the Franklin, TN event
• Select the Franklin, TN Jingle Bell Run at jbr.org
• Select either Register one Individual or Register Multiple Individuals w/the same
credit card
• Select Join a Team
• From the drop-down box, select Team AOII National and click Select
• Click Join Team to the right of the AOII Jingle in Your Jammies team
• Fill out the form and select the Jingle in Your Jammies registration fee option and
click Continue

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Jingle Bell Run team Incentives!

Jingle Bell Run t-shirt for each For all alumnae and collegiate
member who participates or chapters registering a team and
who Jingles in their Jammies. participating, AOII will publish
their name (and potentially a
photo) in the Spring To Dragma.

All alumnae and collegiate All alumnae and collegiate chapters All alumnae and collegiate
chapters raising $250 or more raising $500 or more will receive a chapters raising $1,000 or
will receive a shout out and photo ÒHot Chocolate SisterhoodÓ gift box more will receive additional
on AOIIÕs social media pages. in January so the chapter can host a recognition in the Spring To
sisterhood Òthank youÓ event. In Dragma.
additoin to hot chocolate and
marshmallows, kits will include

as our way of saying thanks!

Gayle Fitzpatrick

AOII International President

2016 Jingle Bell Run
National Chair

Alpha Omicron Pi and the Arthritis Foundation are pleased to support AOII’s International President, Gayle
Fitzpatrick, as the National Chair for the 2016 Jingle Bell Run series. Gayle will serve as a spokesperson
for the event and lead a team of AOII staff and volunteers on a National AOII Jingle Bell Run Committee.
The committee will lead the Fraternity toward a fundraising goal of $150,000 for 2016 events as the
Arthritis Foundation strives to achieve a national goal of $9,000,000. In order to meet AOII’s
commitment, all members and individuals are encouraged to participate!

Together, we can become Champions of Yes! We can support a cause near to
our hearts and strengthen our sisterhood during the process.

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Listed below are all alumnae and collegiate AOII chapters and the Jingle Bell Run events by province/state and
approximated closest JBR location. If there is JBR event near your collegiate or alumnae chapter, go to jbr.org to
sign up!

If there is not a JBR event near your chapter, turned to page 15 to learn how to Jingle in Your Jammies.

Canada

Alberta Jingle in Your Jammies
Calgary Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Kappa Lambda (U of Calgary)
Jingle in Your Jammies
British Columbia
Beta Kappa (U of British Columbia) Jingle in Your Jammies
Jingle in Your Jammies
Ontario Jingle in Your Jammies
Beta Tau (U of Toronto) Jingle in Your Jammies
Gamma Chi (Carleton U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Iota Chi (U of Western Ontario) Jingle in Your Jammies
Lambda Epsilon (U of Waterloo) Jingle in Your Jammies
London Area Alumnae
Ottawa Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Toronto Area Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Quebec
Montreal Alumnae
Kappa Phi (McGill U)

United States

Alaska
Alaska Alumnae 2016 JBR - Anchorage 12/10/16

Alabama Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Delta Delta (Auburn U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Delta Epsilon (Jacksonville State U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Delta Tau (U of Alabama Huntsville) Jingle in Your Jammies
Gamma Delta (U of South Alabama) Jingle in Your Jammies
Huntsville Alumnae 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL
Alpha Delta (U of Alabama) 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL
Birmingham Alumnae 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL
Greater Gadsden

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Rho Delta (Samford U) 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL 12/10/16
Tau Delta (Birmingham Southern College) 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL 12/10/16
Tuscaloosa Alumnae 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL 12/10/16
Zeta Pi University of Alabama Birmingham 2016 JBR - Birmingham, AL 12/10/16
Montgomery Alumnae 2016 JBR - Montgomery, AL 12/3/16
Sigma Delta (Huntingdon College) 2016 JBR - Montgomery, AL 12/3/16

Arkansas Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Jonesboro Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Sigma Omicron (Arkansas State U) 2016 JBR - Fayetteville, AR 12/3/16
Upsilon Beta (U of Arkansas Fort Smith) 2016 JBR - Fayetteville, AR
Xi Omicron (U of Arkansas) 2016 JBR - Little Rock, AR
Little Rock Area Alumnae

Arizona

Theta Omega (Northern Arizona U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Phoenix Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Tucson Alumnae 2016 JBR - Tucson, AZ 12/3/16

California Jingle in Your Jammies
San Mateo Alumnae
East Bay Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Santa Barbara County Alumnae
Vancouver Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Inland Empire Alumnae
Zeta Theta (California State U, Chico) Jingle in Your Jammies
Palo Alto Alumnae
San Jose Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Delta Sigma (San Jose State U)
Chi Psi (California Polytechnic State U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Xi Rho (Sonoma State U)
Greater Los Angeles Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Lambda Alpha (U of LaVerne)
Long Beach/South Bay Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Lambda Beta (California State U Long Beach)
Northern Orange Co. Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
San Fernando Valley Alumnae
San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Sigma Phi (California State U Northridge)
Southern Orange County Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Greater Sacramento Valley Alumnae
North Bay Alumnae 2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16
San Francisco Alumnae
San Diego Alumnae 2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16
Lambda Iota (U of California San Diego)
Theta Iota (California State U San Marcos) 2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16
Ventura County Alumnae
2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16

2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16

2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16

2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16

2016 JBR - Los Angeles 12/11/16

2016 JBR - Orange County & Inland Empire 12/4/16

2016 JBR - Sacramento, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - Sacramento, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - Sacramento, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - San Diego, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - San Diego, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - San Diego, CA 12/10/16

2016 JBR - Thousand Oaks, CA 12/3/16

Colorado

Denver Alumnae 2016 JBR - Denver, CO 12/11/16

Epsilon Gamma (U of Northern Colorado) 2016 JBR - Northern Colorado 12/3/16

Rocky Mountain Alumnae 2016 JBR - Northern Colorado 12/3/16

Connecticut 2016 JBR - Hartford, CT 12/10/16
Central Connecticut Alumnae 2016 JBR - Hartford, CT 12/10/16
U of Connecticut

Delaware Jingle in Your Jammies
Delaware Alumnae

Florida Jingle in Your Jammies
Gamma Omicron (U of Florida)
Greater Pensacola Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Tallahassee Alumnae
Alpha Pi (Florida State U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Fort Lauderdale Alumnae
Greater Miami Alumnae 2016 JBR - Montgomery, AL 12/3/16
Palm Beach County Alumnae
Pi Theta (Florida International U) 2016 JBR - Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12/10/16
Greater Lee County Alumnae
Mu Lambda (Rollins College) 2016 JBR - Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12/10/16
Orlando Area Alumnae
Gamma Theta (U of South Florida) 2016 JBR - Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12/10/16
Greater Pinellas Alumnae
Kappa Gamma (Florida Southern College) 2016 JBR - Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12/10/16
Sarasota Area Alumnae
Tampa Bay Alumnae 2016 JBR - Manasota, FL (Bradenton) 12/3/16

2016 JBR - Orlando, FL 12/10/16

2016 JBR - Orlando, FL 12/10/16

2016 JBR - Tampa, FL 12/17/16

2016 JBR - Tampa, FL 12/17/16

2016 JBR - Tampa, FL 12/17/16

2016 JBR - Tampa, FL 12/17/16

2016 JBR - Tampa, FL 12/17/16

Georgia

Alpha Lambda (Georgia Southern U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Delta Lambda (Columbus State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Lambda Chi (LaGrange College) Jingle in Your Jammies

Lambda Delta (Dalton State College) Jingle in Your Jammies

Middle Georgia Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Northwest Georgia Jingle in Your Jammies

Phi Gamma (Georgia State College & U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Savannah Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Athens Alumnae 2016 JBR - Atlanta, GA 12/10/16

Atlanta Alumnae 2016 JBR - Atlanta, GA 12/10/16

Beta Zeta (Kennesaw State U) 2016 JBR - Atlanta, GA 12/10/16

Gamma Sigma (Georgia State U) 2016 JBR - Atlanta, GA 12/10/16

Lambda Sigma (U of Georgia) 2016 JBR - Atlanta, GA 12/10/16

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Idaho Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Beta Sigma (Boise State U) 12/10/16
Jingle in Your Jammies
Iowa Jingle in Your Jammies 11/13/16
Alpha Theta (Coe College) 2016 JBR - Des Moines, IA 11/13/16
Theta Chi (Morningside College) 2016 JBR - Des Moines, IA 12/17/16
Central Iowa Alumnae 12/17/16
Iota Sigma (Iowa State U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/17/16
Jingle in Your Jammies 12/17/16
Illinois Jingle in Your Jammies 12/17/16
Champaign-Urbana Alumnae 2016 JBR - Bloomington, IL 12/17/16
Epsilon Sigma (Quincy U) 2016 JBR - Bloomington, IL 12/17/16
Iota (U of Illinois) 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/17/16
Beta Nu (Illinois State U) 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 11/19/16
Bloomington-Normal Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL
Chicago City Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/10/16
Chicago North Shore Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/10/16
Chicago NW Suburban Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/10/16
Chicago South Suburban Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/10/16
Chicago West Suburban Alumnae 2016 JBR - Chicago, IL 12/10/16
Delta Rho (DePaul U) 2016 JBR - Rockford, IL
Lake County of Ill Alumnae
Phi Chi (U of Chicago) Jingle in Your Jammies
DeKalb-Kane Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Jingle in Your Jammies
Indiana Jingle in Your Jammies
Chi Lambda (U of Evansville) Jingle in Your Jammies
Delta Xi (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) Jingle in Your Jammies
Evansville Tri-State Alumnae 2016 JBR - Indianapolis, IN
Kappa Alpha (Indiana State U) 2016 JBR - Indianapolis, IN
Phi Upsilon (Purdue U) 2016 JBR - Indianapolis, IN
Terre Haute Alumnae 2016 JBR - Indianapolis, IN
Beta Phi (Indiana U) 2016 JBR - Indianapolis, IN
Bloomington Alumnae
Indianapolis Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Kappa Kappa (Ball State U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Muncie Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Jingle in Your Jammies
Kentucky Jingle in Your Jammies
Alpha Chi (Western Kentucky U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Beta Chi (Kentucky Wesleyan College)
Bowling Green Alumnae
Central Kentucky Bluegrass Alumnae
Epsilon Omega (Eastern Kentucky U)
Delta Omega (Murray State U)

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Kappa Omega (U of Kentucky) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Kentucky Lakes Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Lexington Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 11/12/16
Tau Omega (Transylvania U) Jingle in Your Jammies 11/12/16
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Alumnae 2016 JBR - Cincinnati, OH
Nu Omega (Northern Kentucky U) 2016 JBR - Cincinnati, OH
Kentuckiana Alumnae 2016 JBR - Louisville, KY
Pi Alpha (U of Louisville) 2016 JBR - Louisville, KY

Louisiana Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Acadiana Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Baton Rouge Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Delta Beta (U of Louisiana at Lafayette) Jingle in Your Jammies
Hammond Area Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Kappa Chi (Northwestern State U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Kappa Tau (Southeastern Louisiana U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Lambda Tau (The U of Louisiana at Monroe) Jingle in Your Jammies
Mobile Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Monroe Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Shreveport-Bossier City 2016 JBR - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Area Alumnae

Maryland Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Sigma Tau (Washington College) 2016 JBR - Baltimore, MD 12/10/16
Baltimore Alumnae 2016 JBR - Baltimore, MD 12/3/16
Theta Beta (Towson U) 2016 JBR - Metro DC 12/3/16
Pi Delta (U of Maryland) 2016 JBR - Metro DC
Suburban Maryland Alumnae

Massachusetts 2016 JBR - Newton, MA 11/20/16
Boston Alumnae 2016 JBR - Newton, MA 11/20/16
Delta (Tufts U)

Maine Jingle in Your Jammies 12/4/16
Gamma (U of Maine) 2016 JBR - Freeport, ME
Greater Portland Alumnae

Michigan

Beta Gamma (Michigan State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Kalamazoo Area Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Kappa Rho (Western Michigan U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Macomb County Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Ann Arbor Alumnae 2016 JBR - Detroit, MI 12/3/16

Dearborn Alumnae 2016 JBR - Detroit, MI 12/3/16

Detroit N Suburban Alumnae 2016 JBR - Detroit, MI 12/3/16

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Omicron Pi (University of Michigan) 2016 JBR - Detroit, MI 12/3/16
Grand Rapids Alumnae 2016 JBR - Grand Rapids, MI 12/3/16
Lambda Eta (Grand Valley State U) 2016 JBR - Grand Rapids, MI 12/3/16

Minnesota 2016 JBR - Twin Cities, MN 11/12/16
Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumnae 2016 JBR - Twin Cities, MN 11/12/16
Tau (U of Minnesota)

Missouri Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Delta Pi (U of Central Missouri) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/11/16
Lincoln Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 11/20/16
Missouri State U 2016 JBR - Columbia, MO 11/20/16
Mid-Missouri Alumnae 2016 JBR - Kansas City, MO
Greater Kansas City Alumnae 2016 JBR - St. Louis, MO
Delta Kappa (Washington U) 2016 JBR - St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Alumnae

Mississippi Jingle in Your Jammies
Greater Jackson Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Mississippi Gulf Coast Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Nu Beta (U of Mississippi)

Montana Jingle in Your Jammies
Alpha Phi (Montana State U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Bozeman Alumnae

North Carolina

Epsilon Chi (Elon U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Greater Greenville Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Piedmont, NC Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Port City Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Sigma Gamma (Appalachian State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Winston-Salem Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Zeta Psi (East Carolina U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Alpha Epsilon (Wingate U) 2016 JBR - Charlotte, NC 12/10/16

Charlotte Alumnae 2016 JBR - Charlotte, NC 12/10/16

Triangle Alumnae 2016 JBR - Raleigh, NC 12/3/16

Nebraska

Kearney Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Phi Sigma (U of Nebraska Kearney) Jingle in Your Jammies

Omaha Alumnae 2016 JBR - Nebraska 12/10/16

Zeta (U of Nebraska Lincoln) 2016 JBR - Nebraska 12/10/16

New Jersey Jingle in Your Jammies
Alpha Nu (Ramapo College of New Jersey) Jingle in Your Jammies
Gamma Phi (Seton Hall U)

Jersey Shore Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/4/16
Northern NJ Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/4/16
Central New Jersey Alumnae 2016 JBR - New Jersey (Metuchen)
Iota Theta (Monmouth U) 2016 JBR - New Jersey (Metuchen)

New Mexico 2016 JBR - Albuquerque, NM 7/30/16
Central New Mexico Alumnae

Nevada Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Delta Nu (U of Nevada, Reno) Jingle in Your Jammies
Reno-Tahoe Alumnae 2016 JBR - Las Vegas
Las Vegas Alumnae

New York Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Buffalo Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Rochester Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Sigma Chi (Hartwick College) 2016 JBR - Albany, NY 12/3/16
New York Capital Region Alumnae 2016 JBR - Long Island, NY 12/3/16
Alpha (Barnard College at Columbia U) 2016 JBR - Long Island, NY 12/4/16
Long Island Alumnae 2016 JBR - Long Island, NY
New York City Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Long Island, NY
NY/NJ Metro Alumnae 2016 JBR - New Jersey (Metuchen)
Theta Pi (Wagner College)

Ohio

Mahoning Valley Alumnae Chapter Jingle in Your Jammies

Omega Upsilon (Ohio U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Phi Lambda (Youngstown State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Omega (Miami U) 2016 JBR - Cincinnati, OH 12/10/16

Cleveland Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Cleveland, OH 12/11/16

Cleveland West Alumnae 2016 JBR - Cleveland, OH 12/11/16

Chi Epsilon (The Ohio State U) 2016 JBR - Columbus, OH 12/3/16

Columbus Alumnae 2016 JBR - Columbus, OH 12/3/16

Dayton Alumnae 2016 JBR - Dayton, OH 12/3/16

Kappa Delta (Wright State U) 2016 JBR - Dayton, OH 12/3/16

Alpha Psi (Bowling Green State U) 2016 JBR - Toledo, OH 12/10/16

Theta Psi (U of Toledo) 2016 JBR - Toledo, OH 12/10/16

Toledo Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Toledo, OH 12/10/16

Oklahoma

Chi Theta (Northeastern State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Oklahoma City/Metro Area Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Xi (U of Oklahoma) Jingle in Your Jammies

Omega Sigma (Oklahoma State U) 2016 JBR - Tulsa, OK 12/10/16

Tulsa Alumnae 2016 JBR - Tulsa, OK 12/10/16

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Oregon Jingle in Your Jammies 12/4/16
Alpha Rho (Oregon State U) 2016 JBR - Portland, OR
Portland Alumnae
Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Pennsylvania Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Epsilon Alpha (Pennsylvania State U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Greater Erie Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/4/16
Lambda Upsilon (Lehigh U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Lehigh Valley Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Phi Beta (East Stroudsburg U) 2016 JBR - Harrisburg, PA 12/3/16
State College Alumnae 2016 JBR - Harrisburg, PA 12/3/16
Beta Eta (Gettysburg College) 2016 JBR - Harrisburg, PA 12/3/16
Greater Harrisburg Alumnae 2016 JBR - New Jersey (Metuchen)
Tau Lambda (Shippensburg U) 2016 JBR - Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Alumnae 2016 JBR - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Alumnae 2016 JBR - Pittsburgh, PA
Sigma Beta (Saint Joseph’s U) 2016 JBR - Pittsburgh, PA
Alpha Mu (Duquesne U) 2016 JBR - Pittsburgh, PA
Pittsburgh Alumnae
Sigma Rho (Slippery Rock U) Jingle in Your Jammies
Jingle in Your Jammies
Rhode Island
Beta Upsilon (Bryant U) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Rhode Island Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies
Jingle in Your Jammies
South Carolina 2016 JBR - Charleston, SC
Aiken, South Carolina Alumnae
Chi Phi (U of South Carolina Aiken) Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Upstate South Carolina Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Charleston Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies 12/3/16
Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Tennessee Jingle in Your Jammies 12/10/16
Chattanooga Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Franklin, TN 11/12/16
Lambda Omicron (Cumberland U) 2016 JBR - Franklin, TN 11/12/16
Phi Alpha (East Tennessee State U) 2016 JBR - Franklin, TN
Pi Omicron (Austin Peay State U) 2016 JBR - Knoxville, TN
Tau Omicron (U of Tennessee Martin) 2016 JBR - Knoxville, TN
Nashville Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Memphis, TN
Nu Omicron (Vanderbilt U) 2016 JBR - Memphis, TN
Rho Omicron (Middle Tennessee State U)
Knoxville Alumnae
Omicron (U of Tennessee Knoxville)
Kappa Omicron (Rhodes College)
Memphis Area Alumnae

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Texas

El Paso Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Texas A&M U Jingle in Your Jammies

Theta Sigma (Tarleton State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Austin Alumnae 2016 JBR - Austin, TX 12/11/16

Dallas Alumnae 2016 JBR - Fort Worth, TX 12/3/16

Delta Theta (Texas Woman’s U) 2016 JBR - Fort Worth, TX 12/3/16

Lambda Rho (Texas Christian U) 2016 JBR - Fort Worth, TX 12/3/16

North Texas Alumnae 2016 JBR - Fort Worth, TX 12/3/16

San Antonio Alumnae 2016 JBR - San Antonio, TX 12/10/16

Upsilon Lambda (Uof Texas, San Antonio) 2016 JBR - San Antonio, TX 12/10/16

Houston Alumnae 2016 JBR - The Woodlands, TX 12/10/16

Sigma Theta (Sam Houston State U) 2016 JBR - The Woodlands, TX 12/10/16

Utah 2016 JBR - Salt Lake City 12/3/16
Salt Lake City Alumnae

Virginia 2016 JBR - Metro DC 12/3/16
Gamma Alpha (George Mason U) 2016 JBR - Metro DC 12/3/16
Northern Virginia Alumnae 2016 JBR - Newport News, VA 12/3/16
Williamsburg Alumnae 2016 JBR - Richmond, VA 12/3/16
Richmond Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Richmond, VA 12/3/16
Rho Beta (Virginia Commonwealth U) 2016 JBR - Virginia Beach, VA 12/10/16
Virginia Tidewater Alumnae

Washington

Alpha Gamma (Washington State U) Jingle in Your Jammies

Palouse Area Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Pocatello Alumnae Jingle in Your Jammies

Seattle Alumnae 2016 JBR - Seattle 12/11/16

Upsilon (U of Washington) 2016 JBR - Seattle 12/11/16

Tau Gamma (Eastern Washington U) 2016 JBR - Spokane, WA 12/3/16

Wisconsin 2016 JBR - Green Bay, WI 12/3/16
Green Bay-Fox Cities Alumnae 2016 JBR - Madison, WI 12/10/16
Madison Area Alumnae 2016 JBR - Milwaukee, WI 11/12/16
Milwaukee Alumnae 2016 JBR - Milwaukee, WI 11/12/16
Phi Delta (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) 2016 JBR - Twin Cities, MN 11/12/16
Kappa Sigma (U of Wisconsin River Falls)

West Virginia Jingle in Your Jammies
Sigma Alpha (West Virginia U)

TJoeoiaunrm!
AOII Supports the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk to Cure

Step Upand become a

CHAMPION OF YES!

Walk to Cure Arthritis is a national Hialeah, Florida November 12, 2016
5k walk which benefits the Arthritis Lake Worth, Florida December 3, 2016
Foundation. It is one of two major Bloomington, Minnesota March 4, 2017
events we support each year, with Lexington, Kentucky April 29, 2017
Jingle Bell Run being the other. Manhattan, Kansas April 29, 2017
Charleston, South Carolina April 29, 2017
In 2016, AOII teams raised more Santa Barbara, California April 29, 2017
than $78,000 for Walk to Cure Danbury, Connecticut April 30, 2017
Arthritis, which is $30,000 more Powell, Ohio May 6, 2017
than 2015. Livermore, California May 6, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri May 6, 2017
Check out the upcoming events Greenbelt, Maryland May 6, 2017
and click this link to sign up! Durham, North Carolina May 6, 2017
Montgomery, New York May 6, 2017
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Austin, Texas May 6, 2017
Tampa, Florida May 6, 2017
Sandy Springs, Georgia May 6, 2017
Bismarck, North Dakota May 6, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin May 6, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan May 7, 2017
Catonsville, Maryland May 7, 2017
Washington, DC May 7, 2017
West Hartford, Connecticut May 7, 2017

Manchester, New Hampshire May 7, 2017
Boca Raton, Florida May 7, 2017
Royal Oak, Michigan May 13, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio May 13, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa May 13, 2017
Ashland, Nebraska May 13, 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 13, 2017
Orlando, Florida May 13, 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin May 13, 2017
Halfmoon, New York May 14, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 14, 2017
Chesterfield, Missouri May 19, 2017
Dayton, Ohio May 20, 2017
York, Pennsylvania May 20, 2017
San Francisco, California May 20, 2017
Vancouver, Washington May 20, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana May 20, 2017
Cedar Rapids, Michigan May 20, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland May 20, 2017
Richmond, Virginia May 20, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 20, 2017
North Babylon, New York May 20, 2017
New York, New York May 20, 2017
Houston, Texas May 20, 2017
San Antonio, Texas May 20, 2017
Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 20, 2017
Baxter Minnesota May 20, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio May 21, 2017
Denver, Colorado May 21, 2017
Glasglow, Delaware May 21, 2017
Providence, Rhode Island May 21, 2017
Anaheim, California May 21, 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii May 21, 2017
Nashville, Tennessee May 21, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 3, 2017
Davidson, North Dakota June 3, 2017
Sacramento, California June 3, 2017
San Diego, California June 3, 2017
Jacksonville, Florida June 3, 2017
Memphis, Tennessee June 3, 2017
Green Bay, Wisconsin June 4, 2017

*Additionally, walks are scheduled in the North Texas area
May 6; Puget Sound, Washington May 13; Greater Los Angeles,
California area July 1. Official locations are to be determined for
the walks in these areas.  

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Arthritis Edition

Stretch Rings
Swollen fingers shouldn’t put a damper on your
style! Stretch rings are perfect for anyone whose
ring size fluctuates.

Power Packs
Each year, power packs are distributed to
attendees at the Juvenile Arthritis conference.
Complete with a teddy bear, book and useful
information about living with arthritis, these fun
backpacks are a great surprise to the attendees!

Heating Pads
This hot-cold aromatherapy pig is perfect for
easing muscle tension or swelling. Plus, it’s
adorable! Click here to view online!

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Image by the Arthritis Foundation. Track and React app and web tool. 29
This resource helps you track your nutrition,
fitness, sleep patterns, medication, symptoms
and emotional wellbeing each day. Then, you can
assess the relationship between your daily lifestyle
and how you feel. Follow this link to find out more
about this great tool!

Selfyour [ NUTRITION ]

but your body needs some to function.
Certain omega-6 fatty acids have even
been linked to reduced inflammation,
says Alicia Romano, a registered dieti-
tian at Tufts Medical Center’s Frances
Stern Nutrition Center in Boston. The
key is to reach the right balance of
omega-6s and omega-3s – ideally a 4:1
or 2:1 ratio. Most Americans eat far
fewer omega-3s than omega-6s – found
in meats and in oils used in many pro-
cessed and snack foods (such as corn
and soybean oils). So it’s a good idea for
most people to increase their intake of
omega-3 foods and reduce omega-6s.

Eye-opening 3 Red wine isn’t always
Food Facts beneficial. Red wine contains

You’ve seen the headlines. Experts tell the resveratrol, touted for its anti-inflam-
rest of the story. matory benefits. The trouble is, wine
and other alcoholic drinks may inter-
With a deluge of new and shifting health and nutrition headlines daily, it’s act with medications, such as metho-
tough to determine what advice to follow. We asked three registered dietitians to dish trexate and acetaminophen, and exces-
on nutrition guidance for people with arthritis. What they said might surprise you. sive alcohol may increase inflammation.
Health authorities suggest no more
1You can overdo omega-3s. could nudge up your risk, says Rebecca than one drink per day for women and ©IRABASSI/ISTOCKPHOTO
Hundreds of studies show omega-3 Blake, registered dietitian and senior two per day for men, but you may need
fatty acids help fight inflammation, but director of clinical nutrition at Mount to further restrict your drinking; ask
consuming too much may alter immune Sinai Beth Israel in New York. your doctor.
function and inhibit the body’s ability
to fight infection. Although you likely 2 Omega-6s are not all bad. 4 Before you try an elimina-
won’t overdo it on food alone, eating Eating too much omega-6 fatty tion diet, get a test. If you
seafood, taking fish oil supplements acids has been linked to inflammation,
and consuming omega-3 fortified foods think you might have celiac disease or
that a certain food or ingredient is
worsening your arthritis symptoms,
you might try cutting that food out of
your diet. But get a test before you do.
If you eliminate the food first, the test
results won’t give a true picture of how
that food might be affecting you.

5 Don’t fear carbs. For years
carbohydrates have taken a beat-
ing, but a spate of new studies suggests
carbs, provided they’re whole grain, are
a dietary asset. In contrast to refined
grains, whole grains are rich in protein,
fiber and other nutrients, including cal-
cium, magnesium and potassium. They’re
also packed with disease-fighting

A2rt4icleAoRriTgHinRalIlTyIpSubTlOishDeAdYin tMheAMYaIy-JJUuNneE22010616issue of Arthritis Today.

Selfyour [ NUTRITION ]

antioxidants, some of which can’t be
obtained by eating other foods. Get the
recommended three servings per day
by eating brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal
and 100 percent sprouted grain bread,
suggests Romano.

©DZIANKA/ISTOCKPHOTO, ©FOTOGAL/VEER, ©KARANDAEV/VEER 6 You don’t energetic right after a detox 10 You can get too much
have to cut diet, “most likely because it vitamin D. While vitamin D
meat from your eliminates a food that is
meals. Although an problematic for an individual,” deficiency has been linked to an in-
says registered dietitian creased risk of developing or worsen-
anti-inflammatory nutritionist Sonya Angelone, ing rheumatoid arthritis, there’s a limit
diet is rich in fruits, spokesperson for the Ameri- to how much is beneficial, says Blake.
vegetables and whole can Academy of Nutrition Vitamin D is fat-soluble, so if you take
grains and low in satu- and Dietetics. But there’s no scientific too much, the excess is not excreted in
rated fats, there is still evidence to show these fad diets have urine. This can potentially lead to cal-
good reason to include any long-lasting benefits. What’s cium build-up in your blood. You won’t
modest portions more, they don’t have the vitamins, get excess vitamin D from diet and
(about 3 ounces) of minerals and phytonutrients neces- sunshine, but you might from high-
lean meat – a good sary to fight inflammation, making dose supplements. The recommended
source of protein and them potentially risky for people with daily allowance is 600 IU daily for
important nutrients. inflammatory conditions. people younger than 70 and 800 IU for
Make it a side dish. “Choose lean cuts those over 70, although some studies
of meat more often, with an emphasis 9 Don’t ditch dairy. Dairy suggest daily doses up to 2,000 IU.
on fatty fish, such as salmon,” suggests products contain a specific pro- Your best bet to prevent too much or
Romano. “And go meat-free once or tein that may irritate the tissue around too little vitamin D (which can occur
twice a week.” the joints for a subset of people with if you take corticosteroids): Ask your
autoimmune forms of arthritis. But doctor if you should get your blood
7 Watch the saltshaker. Salt for most people with arthritis, there’s levels checked. —AMY PATUREL
is an issue if you have high blood no indication that dairy exacerbates
pressure, which can contribute to heart symptoms. In fact, studies suggest
attack or stroke – risks people with that women who drink more milk
rheumatoid arthritis already have to have less osteoarthritis progression,
watch for. But it also can be a problem says Romano. Research also shows
if you take corticosteroids (a common milk may prevent gout.
arthritis medication), which can cause
the body to retain sodium, Romano says,
because excess sodium can increase
calcium loss. To be on the safe side,
keep your daily intake at less than 2,300
milligrams, or about 1 teaspoon of salt.

8 Skip detox diets and
cleanses. Diets won’t cleanse

your body of toxins; your kidneys and
liver detoxify the body automatically.
Detoxing often involves fasting, fol-
lowed by a diet of produce, juices and
supplements, and may include a colon
cleanse. You may feel better and more

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Kristen’s T here is a saying that a sister Thanksgiving riding horses with
Story is a built-in best friend. Well, I the cousins, playing board games
cannot argue with that. You see, and cooking with our Mom-mom.
by Lauren McAllister, Development Manager for when I was 2 years old, my built-in Mom’s family lives in a small town
the Nashville, Tennessee Arthritis Foundation office best friend made her debut, and in central North Carolina. Just
we have been inseparable ever five hours on the other side of
Lauren & Kristen McAllister in Knoxville, TN. since. From day one, Kristen has the Smokey Mountains, we were
been a feisty and fearless force in fortunate to make numerous trips
this world. We have always loved each year to visit, always hitting
and balanced each other really our favorite hot dog joint, Zack’s.
well. I do not know life without
my sister, my best friend, my Kristen was a happy kid, a bright
Kmac. So, when I almost lost her student and seemingly healthy.
in 2015, my life went into total When she was 8, she followed in
chaos. I froze. my footsteps and fell in love with
gymnastics. The gym became our
Growing up in Knoxville, second home. We worked hard
Tennessee, my brother David, in practice every day, so aches
Kristen, and I had a great and pains were normal to us and
childhood. We lived in a every other gym kid. When Kristen
neighborhood full of kids our was 10, our coach discovered a
age. Playing outside all day and lump on her right knee and left
only heading home when supper palm right uner her pointer finger,
was ready was the norm in Sweet which we later learned through
Briar subdivision. Our annual pathology to be rheumatoid
neighborhood picnic and lake day nodules. Permanent joint damage
was a highlight of the summer. was found in her knee, and we
As much as we all loved being were told this was not normal and
home in east Tennessee, traveling to keep an eye out for anything
was second nature. When all your unusual. They asked if she ever
grandparents, aunts and uncles complained of pain. Of course the
live out of state, you get used answer was “Yes.” Pain was just
to piling in the car for hours at a layer of the sport we chose, so
a time. We all got along most of it never occurred to anyone that
the time, but being stuck in a van the pain could be different than
or an RV from five to 12 hours the expected level that coincides
at a time will test any sibling with the sport of gymnastics. We
relationship. discovered three years later after
more symptoms arose that the
Dad’s parents live on an Arabian pain Kristen was experiencing was
horse farm in Delaware. Until not just “gymnast pain.”
Kristen got sick, we spent every

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In typical Kmac fashion, she did not numerous states and several Lauren with Kristen’s youth honoree sign
let any of it stop her. She recovered misdiagnoses, Kristen was and an AOII donated panda.
from the surgery and went right diagnosed with Polyarticular
back to gymnastics. The pain Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Lauren with Kristen at the 2012 JA
was tolerable and she was in (JA). Polyarticular means Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
the middle of a very successful many, and many was an
competitive season when the understatement; arthritis exists kids in school who just assumed
nodules came back. Giving up in all of her joints except her they knew what was going on. I
the sport she loved, she chose to shoulders. remember one day in Spanish class
go back to “regular school” as we a friend asked me how Kristen was
called it after being homeschooled As a family, it was agonizing doing. My teacher overheard and
to make our gymnastics’ schedule to see her in so much pain asked what I was talking about
more manageable. She followed while knowing there was no when another student interjected,
in my footsteps once again and cure and nothing we could “Her sister is dying.” I froze out of
made the dance team at our do to really make it better. We shock which changed to anger
middle school. It was so much fun prayed the right medication which then changed to sadness-
to be able to dance together. It combination would relieve her. -not sadness for myself, but for
was like we were back in the gym As Kristen’s freshman year of this kid and others who obviously
on the same team again. high school started, she was still had no understanding of JA. That
really struggling. Her confused comment ignited a desire in me
That 2006 summer is when I immune system was further to spread awareness. I had no idea
recall everything kicking into high weakened by Methotrexate, kids could get arthritis until Kristen
gear. We were at dance camp a weekly low dose injectable was diagnosed, so why would
performing the same routine chemotherapy. Just six weeks
side-by-side. Her knees started to into school she transitioned to
give out. I helped her get off the homebound schooling. I was
floor and knew that something so sad she had to miss her first
was not right. More strange homecoming dance, and with the
symptoms started appearing; by help of some friends and a few
the end of that year, Kristen could teachers, we took homecoming to
hardly move in the mornings, her by decorating our home the
her little mouth was full of ulcers, same as the school gym.
she almost always had a rash and
a fever, and she seemed to pick For my entire life, I had always
up every single virus that cycled attended school with my siblings.
through town. Finding out what David was now off to college in
was causing all of this and if it was Florida at the Golf Academy of
all related was no easy task. America and now Kristen could
not go to school. It was so weird
Three years after her first nodule, to get up each day and go by
two knee surgeries, numerous myself. I was forced to deal with
doctors’ appointments in all sorts of accusations made by

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Lauren & Kristen at Omicron’s (U of these kids at school know? I felt stretch and reattach her Achilles
Tennessee) 2014 Annual Barbecue to raise like this gave me an obligation to tendons. Unfortunately, she had
tell people about it. to drop her classes to focus on
money and awareness for Arthritis. rehabilitation. During that time,
As time went on, Kristen’s arthritis the AOIIs at the University of
One of Lauren’s outfits during participation was difficult to control, and Tennessee (Omicron Chapter)
in an Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. medication after medication would invite Kristen to spend
continued to fail. From time with them at the AOII house.
Methotrexate injections and It was a simple gesture that
steroids, to Humira injections meant so very much since she
and Remicade infusions, nothing had to put college on hold that
seemed to be stopping this year.
disease from attacking her.
The arthritis made its way A few months later, she had to
into her eyes causing Uveitis. have the surgery redone due to
The steroids caused physical an adverse reaction to the sutures
changes; she gained weight, used. For all of us, but especially
got a classic “moon face” and for Kristen, it felt like she could
she still was no better. Dr. not catch a break.
Lowe, her incredible Pediatric
rheumatologist in Birmingham, People say, “there is always a light
AL tried everything to help her, at the end of the tunnel,” and for
but the treatments just were not a long time that light was hard to
working. He discovered there was spot, and then in 2014 we found
an overlapping disease affecting the drugs Rituximab (Rituxan)
Kristen’s complex immune and Actemra. The Rituxan was
system- a Primary Immune an infusion that Kmac would
Disorder. Plasma replacement get in the hospital twice every
therapy every month was added 6 months, and Actemra was an
to the regiment. infusion medicine that Kristen
would receive once a month.
By the grace of God, help They were the miracle that
from teachers, doctors, our allowed Kristen to wake up
incredible parents and her every morning pain free. She
sheer determination, Kristen was able to FULLY participate in
graduated high school on time, life. Nothing held her back and
with honors in May of 2013. In most days we all forgot she even
true Kmac fashion, she wanted had a chronic illness. Kristen
to plunge straight into college was in college, volunteered
courses. The arthritis caused and fundraised for the Arthritis
her Achilles tendons to shrink, Foundation, donated time in the
and she had to have surgery to CSL Plasma Donor center, hung

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out with friends, was narrowing recovered. It was a frightening
down a day for both of us to
become alumnae initiates into hiccup, but life went on. My
Alpha Omicron Pi, went for runs in
the neighborhood, traveled and family spent Easter that year in
simply loved life.
North Carolina when Kristen
Of any travel destination, the
beach is a place all five of us started feeling like she was
love and can relax. Some of our
favorite memories involve beach getting a UTI again. She started
trips. When we were younger
we made trips to the Carolina antibiotics on a Wednesday and
coast most summers, and having
her rheumatologist in Alabama ended up at Duke University
exposed us to the Gulf coast in
later years. With things going Hospital ER a week after Easter
so well, we decided to spend
Christmas 2014 in the Bahamas. It with another kidney infection.
was the best decision we have ever
made, and Great Exuma, Bahamas In the midst of this, my brother, McAllister siblings at the Cleveland Clinic.
will always hold a special place
in our hearts. Despite it being a dad, and I had headed back to Knowing my aunt had planned
celebratory trip, it served as the Knoxville. Why would we stick to drive to Duke that evening, I
perfect recharge for what was around for the routine we knew called her. She was crying and
about to be the scariest, craziest, was about to unfold: another PICC unable to tell me anything. At the
yet most fulfilling and eye-opening Line, IV antibiotics, and rest to moment, I knew it was not good.
year of our lives. recover. “Something is telling me I do not recall what happened
not to discharge you today. I know next but within thirty minutes, my
In February of 2015, just two you have your PICC Line already dad, brother, and I were racing the
months after our Bahamas trip, but your heart rate is high, and I six hours to Duke headed for the
Kristen woke up not feeling well. just want to watch you one more Intensive Care Unit where Kristen
She was vomiting, complained night,” the attending physician had been transferred after the
of back pain, and basically every said. Although annoyed, Mom doctors called a “code blue” on her.
symptom that indicated a kidney and Kristen settled in for one more
infection. We took her to the walk
in clinic, where they promptly sent night. That decision would save my We found out, Kristen had a heart
her to ER with sepsis-infection in sister’s life. arrhythmia called Ventricular
the bloodstream. She was in the
hospital for a week, went home Three hours later, I texted my Tachycardia (V-Tach). The
with a PICC Line, completed a mom to see how things were cardiologists had no idea what
few weeks of IV antibiotics, and going. She sent back a very bizarre caused it to happen, and we are
response. It appeared to be VERY fortunate that it did not take
numerous typos, and all I could her life. The good news was that
make out was “it’s her heart.” I the infection was gone, so now
responded back something along we just needed to get her heart
the lines of “I know you told me rate under control. The cardiology
her heart rate was elevated, but team at Duke kept saying that her
how is everything else?” She did heart is healthy, and this was not a
not respond. I just had a very cardiology issue.

unsettling feeling, so I called my After a month of no success,
brother to see if he had heard from Duke arranged a medical transfer
her, and he said he had just tried to Cleveland Clinic. During
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McAllister family in the Bahamas. new symptoms come up and During those eight months,
everyone was very confused. She Knoxville did not feel like home
was experiencing numbness/ to me. My brother and I took
tingling in her legs and trunk, turns driving to wherever Mom,
she had lost the ability to walk, Dad, and Kristen were. We
her blood pressure was low, her celebrated her 21st birthday in
heart rate was still extremely Cleveland, spent Thanksgiving
high, and her bladder/bowel in Birmingham, Alabama, and
system was not functioning got very accustomed to family
normally. After two months at “slumber parties” in the Ronald
Cleveland Clinic, they called in McDonald House. We are so
the neurology team, whom after thankful we had the RMH for
some tests, diagnosed Kristen it allowed us to be together,
with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a allowed for David and I to pop
type of autoimmune response in for the weekend, and allowed
on the peripheral nerves after an us to have a home base. All five
infection). Unfortunately, despite of us gained a new definition
a diagnosis, she got worse. She of home. Home is not a place,
had an MRI of her spinal cord a geographical location; home
which showed a lesion from T-6 is wherever we are able to be
to T-9. The diagnosis was then together.
switched to Transverse Myelitis.
My baby sister who had just Kristen was discharged from
turned 21 years old was told that Children’s of Alabama three days
she would more than likely never before Christmas 2015. We spent
walk again. the holidays in North Carolina
(ironically where everything
In July, one thing led to started), surrounded by family.
another and Kristen was again We laid low and just enjoyed our
transferred. This time, they were time together not in an unfamiliar
closer to home and to a familiar city or a hospital. We never really
place- Children’s Hospital of addressed it, but we all knew this
Alabama where her pediatric was the beginning of adapting to
rheumatologist practiced. From a new lifestyle for all of us.
July to December 2015, Kristen
received treatment to stop the Through a friend in North
inflammation in her body and Carolina, Kristen’s story reached
worked hard in rehab hoping the neurology department
to learn how to walk again. That of Johns Hopkins University.
battle still continues today. Presently, Kristen has many
doctors in Baltimore, where
she receives Physical and

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Occupational Therapy at the is our reality. This is Kristen’s Kristen and Lauren playing
Kennedy Krieger Institute reality. wheelchair basketball.
(International Center for Spinal
Cord Injuries) at Johns Hopkins. When I think back to the Lauren and Kristen in 2016.
Hope Through Motion is their beginning of all of this, I am
slogan and has been a phrase we in awe of what my family, I am also grateful this role places
rally behind. As long as Kristen is especially my sister, has been me in a position to work with
willing to work, they will be by through. I can recall moments Alpha Omicron Pi because of
her side every step of the way. that seemed like mountains at the work they do supporting the
She has already made so much the time, but in hind sight were Arthritis Foundation. It’s rewarding
improvement since beginning molehills compared to this last work that is making a difference for
treatment there in March of 2016. year and a half. Perspective is my sister and others like her.
Even though she still can’t feel such a powerful player. I would My sister, my best friend, my Kmac
her legs, she can move them. She never wish to go through all of is someone who I am so thankful
can walk with a walker for short this again, and if I could take it to know. She has made me the
distances, and shows no signs away from Kristen I would not person I am, and I am a better
of losing hope or determination. hesitate for even a moment. person because of her. I cannot
Kristen inspires us and so many wait to see where she ends up. As
others. Her “Choose Joy” mentality However, I am grateful for the I said, she has been a force since
is incredible. strength I have gained, the day one, and that momentum, my
lessons I have learned, and friends, never ceases or slows.
It is amazing to look back to those the lens I now look through.
first two rheumatoid nodules. We I look at every situation in my
had no idea what those first few life very differently now, and I
symptoms would foreshadow for appreciate who I am and the
our family. Now, more than ever, I decisions that I make as a result.
want people to know that Juvenile Earlier this year, I started a job as
Arthritis needs to be respected. It a Development Manager for the
needs to be plastered in medical Arthritis Foundation in Nashville,
books and as commonly known Tennessee, where I am able to take
as other childhood diseases. I my personal experiences, share
mean think about it, if Kristen did my family’s story and spread the
not have JA, she would not have awareness needed to raise funds
been on immunosuppressant for a cure to this disease that
medication, so she would not have affects over 50 million Americans
gotten a stubborn kidney infection and 300,000 kids throughout the
that would have triggered her country. I love sharing her story on
immune system to attack her spine her behalf. It was not until recently
that would then take away her that Kristen was healthy enough
ability to walk. That sounds like a to share her story herself with our
rare occurrence most likely just in local AOII chapter.
a fictional medical show, but this

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Arthritis is a debilitating disease that
makes every day movements difficult
and painful, let alone exercise. However,
exercise has been proven to reduce
arthritis-related pain and improve
flexibility and mobility in individuals
with arthritis. Swollen, aching joints
should not stop you from living an
active lifestyle, though. Fortunately, you
can say “YES!” to exercise on days you
experience arthritis pain thanks to the
Your Exercise Solution from the Arthritis
Foundation.

Your Exercise Solution tool is a free
tool available on arthritis.org under the
‘Living With Arthritis’ tab. Once you
input your contact information, you can
select which joints are experiencing pain
and your current fitness level. Based on
that information, the tool provides a
list of recommended exercises. Select
an exercise for an overview, tips and
modifications.

The benefits of daily exercise are
countless, and with this tool, you can
find ways to stay physically fit in spite of
any aches and pains!

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by Taylor Guillory

One Delta Beta (U of Louisian at
Lafayette) member’s recollection
of her experience volunteering
at Camp Make Arthritis Stop
Hurting.

Love. Understanding. Peace.
Friendship. Healing. All words used
by Camp M.A.S.H. campers who
describe what this amazing place
means to them. Many parents even
call it their child’s best medicine and
the best week of the year for their
children.

Delta Beta Chapter learned about
Camp M.A.S.H. in Mobile, Alabama
through a sister who attended the
camp during the summer of 2015.
When she told the rest of the chapter
how great it was to have a hands
on experience with our philanthropy, six of us signed up to be counselors at the 2016
summer camp. There were AOII sisters volunteering from all over the south including a
few from other Louisiana chapters, Alabama chapters, Florida chapters, and even a group
from Kentucky who are planning on starting a similar camp in their hometown. It was
great to get to know other sisters and to share in a passion for helping these kids with
arthritis.

The week was extremely eye opening and even heartbreaking. It was hard to see the
kids we grew so close to go through so much pain, but they did it with a smile on their
faces. They had to take medicine multiple times a day and even had to occasionally give
themselves shots. There was even one camper confined to a wheelchair due to severe
arthritis in her legs. We had no idea how debilitating it was, and it made us all extremely
proud to have such an amazing philanthropy.

The kids of Camp M.A.S.H. need AOII. They never lose hope in us helping find a cure, but until then, they are just happy to spend a
week away from all the pain, meet new friends and have fun. It is a week that they can feel normal and we can help provide that
to them. I would encourage all sisters to participate in such an amazing program because it gives you a newfound passion for our
philanthropy. The Delta Beta sisters who attended learned so much about the disease and literally saw the faces of arthritis, and
because of that, we will work even harder to raise awareness and funds for arthritis.

To learn more about Camp M.A.S.H., visit campmash.org. 39

YOUR

Strike Out Arthritis!
EVENT FUNDS

Once a chapter holds an event that is Your chapter
supporting Arthritis, a check for the receives credit for
proceeds should be made out and the funds you raised,
sent to the AOII Foundation within 30 and they are held
days following the event. in the Foundation’s
fund for Arthritis.
In March, the Foundation receives grant
applications from the Arthritis Foundation In late April, the
and other Arthritis organizations, such as Foundation Finance
CARRA, with requests to support worthy Committee reviews all
arthritis research programs and patient/ funds received into the
family education and support programs. Foundation’s Arthritis Fund
for the year and determines
40| Arthritis Edition 2016 how much money is
available to be awarded
through Foundation
Arthritis Grants.

In late spring, the Foundation Grants are announced
Grants committee reviews all at Leadership Institute
arthritis grant requests and or Convention each
determines which requests best year. AOII is also
align with AOII, such as: recognized at the
• Powerpacks for attendees at Arthritis Foundation
Conference of
the JA conference Champions.
• Arthritis research
• Funding for children with JA to
attend camps
• Funding for families to attend
JA family conferences to
connect with other families
who are also dealing with the
challenges of arthritis

The AOII Foundation presents
awards at Leadership Institute
and Convention for total
giving and per member. The
AOII Fraternity presents an
award for philanthropic
excellence based on
committment and effort.

If your chapter holds more than one event each
school year to support Arthritis, your totals are added
together for awards purposes. Totals cannot be added
from one school year to the next.

If you have any questions about this process, please email [email protected] 41

Omicron (U of
Tennessee) raised
$3,900 for the Arthritis
Foundation at their
56th Annual AOII
Barbecue. Pictured here
is Savannah Dooley,
Omicron’s Philanthropy
Chair, and her brother
and little sister who
suffers from Juvenile
Idiopathic Arthritis.

In this issue, you read about a member’s experience volunteering at Camp M.A.S.H., and
one young woman’s on-going battle with arthritis.

We believe all of our members have incredible stories related to our philanthropy. Share
yours or another sister’s story with us by emailing
[email protected]


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