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Announcements: World Arthritis Day --- October 12, 2011

In 2003, the European League Against Rheumatism, in collaboration with worldwide organizations representing persons with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, created World Arthritis Day. This observance aims to increase awareness of arthritis and to influence policies that can reduce the burden of arthritis.

The theme of this year's World Arthritis Day (October 12, 2011) is Move to Improve. Physical activity is a key self-management strategy for persons with arthritis and is proven to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life (1,2). The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (3) recommends that adults, including those with arthritis, engage in 150 minutes or more per week of at least moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and do muscle-strengthening exercises at least 2 days per week. Adults with arthritis who cannot meet these recommendations are encouraged to do what physical activity they can, because some is better than none.

Additional information on World Arthritis Day is available at http://www.worldarthritisday.org. Information about how to use physical activity to reduce arthritis pain is available at http://www.fightarthritispain.org. A list of CDC-recommended exercise classes proven safe and effective for arthritis is available at http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/interventions/physical_activity.htm.

References

  1. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee report, 2008. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008. Available at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/report/pdf/committeereport.pdf. Accessed September 26, 2011.
  2. Kelley GA, Kelley KS, Hootman JM, Jones DL. Effects of community-deliverable exercise on pain and physical function in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases: a meta-analysis. Arth Care Res 2011;63:79--93.
  3. US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical activity guidelines for Americans, 2008. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008. Available at http://www.health.gov/paguidelines. Accessed September 26, 2011.

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