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Got psoriasis? Get healthier with the National Psoriasis Foundation

August 17, 2015
This August, the National Psoriasis Foundation encourages people with psoriatic disease and those who love them to get healthier with our Psoriasis Awareness Month Wellness Challenge.

If you have psoriasis, you’re already aware of its effects. You already know that psoriasis is not just a skin condition, but that’s it’s a systemic autoimmune disease that puts people at increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, obesity and depression, among other health risks. The good news is there are things you can do to improve your emotional, physical and social health.

Psoriasis Awareness Month Wellness Challenge

Our 31-day wellness challenge is designed to give people one action, one day at a time to improve their health. Join the challenge:

Each day during the month of August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) will share the challenge of the day on Facebook and Twitter. Activities include:

  • Get moving! Walk, bike, run – whatever you’d like to do – for 20 minutes

  • Think positively! Write three things you’re grateful for and three accomplishments you’re proud of

  • Drink only water

  • Show some love! Tell someone you love or appreciate them  - and why

On August 1, we asked participants to take the pledge to get healthy with us this month and then to share their goal(s). Eating better and exercising topped our participants’ goals for this month. In addition to the daily challenge, the NPF Blog features stories and tips to help people achieve these goals, such as how to get more sleep, tips to get started with an exercise routine, and more. An NPF volunteer and a holistic health coach is blogging about her experiences to give the patient point of view.  Follow the challenge on Twitter using the hashtag #PsAM15.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: Serious autoimmune diseases

There are 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis—a chronic, systemic autoimmune disease that causes the skin to itch, crack and bleed. Up to 30 percent of them will develop psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory arthritis that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints and tendons.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have a profound physical, social, emotional and financial burden for individuals. Despite its prevalence, psoriasis is often mistaken for a “skin condition” or a rash. People with psoriasis also face stigma because others incorrectly fear it is contagious.

The National Psoriasis Foundation provides people with psoriatic disease the information and services they need to best manage their condition, while promoting research to find a cure. In addition to serving more than 2.1 million people annually through our health education and advocacy initiatives, the Psoriasis Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in psoriatic disease research grants and fellowships.

Learn more about our work at And take the pledge with us this month to take one action, one day at a time to improve your health.