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National Arthritis Month --- May 2001

May is National Arthritis Month. Arthritis and other rheumatic conditions are the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting approximately 43 million persons in 1997, and may affect 60 million by 2020 (1,2). Early symptom recognition is needed to achieve better control of arthritis. CDC, the Arthritis Foundation, and other organizations continue to implement the National Arthritis Action Plan: A Public Health Strategy (3) to promote progress toward reaching the arthritis-related national health objectives for 2010 (4).

Additional information about arthritis, National Arthritis Month, Arthritis Action Day, the National Arthritis Action Plan, and local Arthritis Foundation programs and services is available from the Arthritis Foundation, telephone (800) 283-7800, or at http://www.arthritis.org .*

References

  1. CDC. Prevalence of disabilities and associated health conditions among adults---United States, 1999. MMWR 2001;50:120--5.
  2. CDC. Arthritis prevalence and activity limitations---United States, 1990. MMWR 1994;43:433--8.
  3. Arthritis Foundation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and CDC. National arthritis action plan: a public health strategy. Atlanta, Georgia: Arthritis Foundation, 1999.
  4. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people 2010 (conference ed., 2 vols). Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.

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