Walk Your A.S. Off is a community organization that holds "virtual" walk events. Virtual simply means we walk where we live and work without the need to attend any events.
Walk Your A.S. Off 2016 event begins May 1st! Information about our fifth year will be coming online soon. Together we are beating AS one step at a time!
We walk not only for our health but to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis (A.S.) and the family of related diseases. We track our daily steps and set large collective goals. Our walks bring people & teams together from all over the globe, showing that a small group of people can take great strides to change the world.We're looking for volunteers for 2016 - come join our community!
Join a team or form one of your own! Meet the 2016 teams HERE.
I’d never given Mount Fuji a thought before I came to Japan. Even when I arrived here nearly a year ago it seemed a vague and unattainable thing; something merely depicted in art, pictures, and advertisements. Most of the people I asked about it had only seen the mountain from afar. Yet somehow the hair-brained […]
This past year I have felt that I’ve continually taken one step forward and two steps back. The optimist in me hates to be thinking this way but sometimes we have to own it and acknowledge it to move forward again. After the amazing 2014 year of Walk Your AS Off, a group of […]
Our amazing board has been taking a bit of a hiatus since Walk Your AS Off 2016. It takes an enormous amount of team effort to organize our walk each year and we do it with a very small team and virtually no budget. In an effort to get things rolling again, we are going […]
Congratulations steppers for crossing the finish line. You should all be very proud of yourselves. This is a run-down of the stats from this year’s walk. Now although Walk Your AS Off is an awareness event, and it’s not a race, we do like to keep track of how our teams are doing. Nothing wrong […]
Our team, Torus Ankylosaurus, celebrated crossing the finish line on May 31st, 2016! This is our second annual WYASO celebration and it won’t be our last. We stuck with a blue and orange theme again for our celebration. (It’s hard to change it up, lol!) We had blue cheese burgers and blue claw crab, candied carrots, orange […]
We like to challenge ourselves around here!
Here are a few of the challenges you, your friends, or your team can take.
Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. In the most advanced cases (but not in all cases), this inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture. This forward curvature of the spine is called kyphosis.
AS can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as Iritis or Uveitis), and rarely, the lungs and heart can be affected.
To find out more about spondylitis please visit these organizations.