Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2017, as Arthritis Awareness Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 2017, as Arthritis Awareness Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months that are set aside to increase awareness of serious issues that
affect the lives of residents of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2017, as Arthritis Aware-
ness Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance
of National Arthritis Awareness Month; and
WHEREAS, Arthritis Awareness Month was developed to increase awareness
of arthritis and the importance of seeking appropriate treatment to
minimize its disabling impact on daily lives; and
WHEREAS, The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes, leading the
fight for the Arthritis community; this vital organization helps conquer
everyday battles through life changing information and resources, access
to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections; and
WHEREAS, The Arthritis Foundation strives to chart a winning course,
guiding families in developing personalized plans and living a full
life, and making each day another stride towards a cure; and
WHEREAS, Arthritis affects 3.8 million people in the State of New
York; 24.2% of New York adults have self-reported doctor-diagnosed
Arthritis; and
WHEREAS, Fifty-two million Americans have Arthritis, affecting one in
four Americans in the general population; by 2030, that number is
expected to climb to 67 million; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 300,000 children in the United States suffer
from Arthritis; and
WHEREAS, Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions
which affect the joints, tissues surrounding the joints and other
organs; and
WHEREAS, In New York State, 40% of adults with Arthritis are inactive;
50% of adults diagnosed with Arthritis also have diabetes, 43% also have
hypertension, and 36% are obese; and
WHEREAS, Early diagnosis and appropriate management can help people
with Arthritis decrease pain, improve function, stay productive, lower
health care costs and have a better quality of life; and
WHEREAS, Arthritis is our nation's leading cause of disability,
resulting in an annual $128 billion price tag which includes $81 billion
in direct costs and $47 billion in indirect costs; and
WHEREAS, One in 25 working age adults have to change jobs, stop work-
ing entirely, or reduce the hours they work due to Arthritis; and
WHEREAS, One out of every three United States veterans lives with
Arthritis and it is the top cause of disability among veterans; research
supporting better prevention strategies, intervention and treatments is
crucial to reducing the number of soldiers and veterans suffering from
Arthritis; and
WHEREAS, Through public awareness, this Legislative Body seeks to
minimize the devastating effects of Arthritis among the citizens of the
State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare May 2017, as Arthritis
Awareness Month in the State of New York, and to urge the residents of
this great Empire State to learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnoses
and treatments; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York, and to the Arthritis Foundation.


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