Show: Health Talk Radio w/ Melanie Cole M.S.

Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP and Chaunté Smith
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Topic Info
Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP HealthyWomen Medical Adviser,and Physician, and Chaunté Smith, a mother of two and full-time professional living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, join Melanie Cole M.S. to discuss the campaign Managing RA: The Strong Woman’s Approach. They will give valuable advice for women on the Top 5 Tips Every Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis Must know. Such as exercise tips customized for the special needs and limitations of women with RA. How to get the most out of conversations with your doctor when it comes to RA. Why maintaining good overall health is key to managing your RA and How to manage stress as part of your RA fitness.
Guest Info
Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally recognized physician, fitness and lifestyle expert and best-selling author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. Dr. Peeke, a triathlete who is best known as the "doc who walks the talk," serves as chief medical correspondent for Discovery Fit & Health TV, where she is featured on the award winning National Body Challenge series and is the host of Could You Survive? As chief lifestyle expert for WebMD, Dr. Peeke’s multimedia healthy lifestyle program, Everyday Fitness with Dr. Pam Peeke, is read by over 50 million members.

In addition, Dr. Peeke serves as a medical adviser for HealthyWomen, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women. Dr. Peeke is dedicated to educating women about the importance of whole body health. She participates in various education efforts, including Managing RA: The Strong Woman’s Approach, an educational campaign created by HealthyWomen in collaboration with UCB, Inc. The campaign aims to help educate women about the full realities of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The campaign empowers women to take a well-rounded approach to living with RA through medication, staying active, eating right and other healthy lifestyle habits.

Chaunté Smith Wife, is a Mother of Two and Full-Time Professional Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Seven years ago, Chaunté Smith and her husband were adjusting to life after the birth of their first child. Chaunté was also adjusting to living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and was experiencing painful swelling in her hands and knees. She pushed through her pain for a few months and continued her daily routine: working full-time, exercising, spending time with her husband and loved ones, and raising her daughter. However, eventually the pain became so unbearable she could barely walk and could not even hold her daughter.

Today, Chaunté has kept her promise to herself to be her own advocate. She talks openly with her physicians, family and friends about her symptoms; enjoys Pilates and bicycling; and keeps her disease activity under control through medication. Chaunté continues to work full time, and is the proud mother of two young daughters who keep her and her husband of more than ten years on-the-go.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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