Background and Purpose


This Guide is designed to engage a broad array of agencies and organizations as partners in establishing environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with arthritis. Regular physical activity is important for all adults and those with arthritis are no exception. Physical activity has been proven to decrease pain, delay the onset of disability, improve physical functioning, mood and independence, and enhance quality of life, aerobic capacity and muscle strength. Despite these significant benefits, adults with arthritis have higher rates of physical inactivity than those without arthritis.

Arthritis affects 52.5 million adults and is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Currently, more than 20 percent of U.S. adults have arthritis. If current trends continue, an estimated 67 million Americans will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2030.

The Arthritis Foundation aims to reduce by 20% the number of people with arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030, preserving the mobility and quality of life of 6 million people. Boosting Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis is designed to help achieve that objective by engaging agencies and organizations in six key sectors and encouraging partnerships to implement environmental and policy strategies to make regular physical activity institutionalized and sustainable.

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