North Carolinian adults are healthy, physically active and able to manage their arthritis.

Why Is This Important?

Currently, 53.8% of NC adults are limited in some way because of Arthritis or joint symptoms. Adults with Arthritis are often less active than adults without Arthritis and struggle with diseaseā€specific barriers to being physically active, such as episodic pain and fear of exacerbating their condition (Callahan, Shreffler, Altpeter et al., 2011).  In addition, Arthritis limits physical activity and complicates management of other chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Systematically offering Arthritis-Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions (AAEBIs), working with health care providers to counsel and refer patients to increased physical activity, promoting walking, and raising awareness about Arthritis can result in improved population health outcomes, self-efficacy, and cost-savings.

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