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About World AS Day
World AS Day is an annual day dedicated to people with Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA). It is celebrated across the world on the first Saturday of May, except when the first Saturday falls on 1 May (Mayday and a holiday in many countries) as it does in 2021. On World AS Day, our members and their supporters organise activities around the world to raise awareness of Axial Spondyloarthritis and related conditions. ASIF has 51 Patient Organisation Members from 42 countries around the world.
ASIF is pleased to once again present World AS Day that this year will be celebrated on Saturday 8th May 2021. Despite pandemic-related difficulties, World AS Day 2020 was extremely successful. Thanks to so many countries taking part, the message was truly global and the Social Media World AS Day Campaign reached fantastic viewing figures.
Aim of World AS Day
World AS Day is dedicated to people living with Axial Spondyloarthritis. AxSpA is a rheumatic inflammatory disease primarily affecting the spine and sacroiliac joints, also called ‘Morbus Bechterew’ in some European countries. It can lead to chronic pain, structural damage and disability.
Axial Spondyloarthritis affects millions of people around the world. The aim of World AS Day is to raise the profile of this disease and increase awareness of the effect it has on people’s lives as it impacts not only physical but mental health as well.
Axial Spondyloarthritis is still a relatively unknown disease. On World AS Day, we spread information about axSpA to raise awareness.
We want this day to be one where we all connect with each other to support and care. This can be anything from joining a virtual event, reacting to people’s social media posts or sharing your own stories with people in your communities.
Watch Jo Davies from ASIF explain how you can get involved in World AS Day. (3:32 mins)
Walk Your AS Off
Watch Ricky White from Walk as One, explain what Walk Your AS Off is and how you can get involved! (15 mins)
Global Spondyloarthritis Summit
Watch Jason Blackwell from the Spondyloarthritis Association of America, share news about the Summit that will take place from 6-8 May. (7:40 mins)
World AS Day 2021 Theme
The main theme of this year's World AS Day is:
TOGETHER – axSpA and Emotional Wellness
The main theme has been divided into three categories:
Learn: Mental health, emotional wellness and Axial Spondyloarthritis.
Manage: How to reduce stress, anxiety and depression and improve your Emotional Wellness
Support: How to seek help and support for your Emotional Wellness.
Each year we organise and promote activities and campaigns that encourage people to join in. An example of such an activity is Walk Your AS Off. It is a virtual walk event to get you moving and raise awareness for Axial Spondyloarthritis. We encourage you to 'Walk Your AS Off" in order to stay active and to keep your joints working as well as possible. Most people with axSpA benefit from regular exercise. Unfortunately, many of us don’t exercise enough. Walking is a fantastic form of low impact exercise – so let’s get moving! And wear your dots!
To be part of World AS Day go to our Resources section where we put together all the information and resources that can help you to join us on this day. Contact your local axSpA/AS organisation to check if they have a campaign or are participating in any events, or even organize something yourself! All ideas and activities that help spread awareness are welcome. We encourage you to use our resources and tag us on social media to let us hear about it! Check with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get the latest updates on this year’s campaign and more. Remember to focus on the theme and key messages.
Free Virtual Event - May 6 - 8, 2021 The Global Spondyloarthritis Summit is a three-day virtual event featuring rheumatologists and other health care experts discussing some of the most important topics impacting the spondyloarthritis community today. The topics include: "COVID-19 & SpA: What We Have Learned and the Impact", "Emotional Impact of Living with SpA", "Holistic, Alternative and Lifestyle Medica" and many more.
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Walk Your AS Off is a virtual walk event to get moving and raise awareness for axial spondyloarthritis. We “Walk our A.S. Off!” in order to stay active to keep our joints working as well as possible. Join our global community! You can participate as an individual or create your own virtual team and start counting and logging your steps. We know that the current situation is difficult and not ideal for long walks but even walking around the block just to keep moving will be perfect! You can also convert any activity, such as gardening, swimming, or Yoga into a step count, too. So all activity counts! Click below to find out more information and how to take part in this event.
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We would love to see and hear how you raised awareness for this year's World AS Day! Upload your pictures or videos and be a part of our celebratory, summary video for the end of the campaign. Watch our social media to see the end result.
You can upload pictures and videos that do not exceed 90 second and are up to 100 mb in the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, .mp3 .mp4, .mkv, .flv, .mpeg, .avi, .gif.