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About the Physical Activity Working Group:

As a coalition, the OA Action Alliance undertakes its work through four working groups comprised of volunteers who are members of concerned organizations in the public health community. These working groups are based on the four primary recommendations outlined in A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis. The areas addressed are injury prevention, physical activity, self-management education and weight management.

Mission Statement

The Physical Activity Working Group is unified under the second of four recommended public health interventions outlined in the National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis which states that, "low impact, moderate intensity aerobic physical activity and muscle strengthening exercise should be promoted widely as a public health intervention for adults with OA of the hip and knee." Read more here.

Group Leadership

Laura L. Payne, Ph.D.
Laura L. Payne, Ph.D.
Chair, OA Action Alliance Physical Activity Working Group
Chair, Education Network, National Recreation and Park Association
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Office of Recreation and Park Resources

Laura has focused much of her research and outreach programming on examining the relationship between leisure behavior and the health of older adults with chronic conditions; the role of local parks and recreation agencies in the promotion and maintenance of health; and the relationship between nature-based leisure experiences and health. To this end, Laura’s leadership role on the OA Action Alliance’s Physical Activity working group is a perfect match! Learn more about Laura and the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by clicking here.


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