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November 18, 1998

Release of the first national strategy to reduce the burden of arthritis: The nation's leading cause of disability
Facts: Arthritis and related conditions affected nearly 43 million Americans in 1998. By the year 2020, an estimated 60 million people will have arthritis. Besides the physical toll, arthritis costs the nation $65 billion annually. Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability and although cost-effective interventions to reduce disability are available, they are underused.
What: Release of the National Arthritis Action Plan—A Public Health Strategy, the first comprehensive public health approach to reducing the burden of arthritis in the United States.
Who: The Arthritis Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will release the Plan at the 1998 national meeting of the Arthritis Foundation.
When: 8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 21
Where: Crown Plaza Ravinia
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, Georgia
Contact: Kathy Harben/Mike Greenwell
(770) 488-5131

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