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On the Move, Athletically, Against Arthritis

New York Times
The Arthritis Foundation is taking a new tack with its public service advertising, introducing a hard-hitting campaign that urges people to take up exercise as a weapon against pain... Read More

Beating Osteoarthritis Pain

FOX News
Actress Jane Kaczmarek lived for years with excruciating hip pain. Now she’s helping others learn about osteoarthritis and encouraging them to speak to a doctor about a solution... Watch the Video

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New OA Action Alliance Inaugural Meeting Report Now Available

On April 12th, 2011, more than 50 leaders in the public health community converged in Washington, DC to address the increasing burden of osteoarthritis in the United States, and to form consensus around the collective vision and goals for the OA Action Alliance. The summary report of the inaugural meeting, now available online, details the discussions of the day and provides an overview of the strategic charge of each working group. To read Mobilizing for Change: Strategic Directions for Collective Action to Prevent and Control Osteoarthritis Through Education and Awareness, click here.

Lunch and Learn – about OA

A new initiative, originally proposed by the OA Action Alliance Weight Management Working Group, has been adopted as an activity of the OA Action Alliance. The Lunch and Learn informational series, which features brief presentations relevant to OA delivered by public health leaders, is designed to enable learning and sharing of the latest osteoarthritis research, news and activities. Participation is open to all interested individuals.

The series was launched on World Arthritis Day, Oct. 12, 2011, with a presentation by Jennifer M. Hootman, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arthritis Program. Dr. Hootman discussed the impact of arthritis on physical activity levels. To view the slides or listen to this presentation, click here. The Alliance also asks that you provide your valuable feedback through this short survey.

New Lunch and Learn installments are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month.

New Research on Arthritis and Physical Activity

New research from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine finds that 40% of men and 55% of women with arthritis are inactive; in fact, study participants completed no sustained moderate activity that lasted over 10 minutes over the course of one week. The study also found that only 13% of men and 8% of women met the federal physical activity guidelines. Over 1,000 adults with arthritis participated in this study.

“This study is the largest ever conducted among adults with osteoarthritis that used motion sensors to collect physical activity data,” said Jennifer Hootman, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arthritis Program. “These findings add important knowledge about the duration, intensity and total amount of physical activity among adults with osteoarthritis.”

Mary Waterman of the Arthritis Foundation and Laura Payne of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-chairs of the OA Action Alliance’s Physical Activity Working Group, commented: “This research study shows the urgent need to address physical activity in adults with osteoarthritis (OA). Too many people with arthritis are being robbed of their activity-independence because they are not physically active. This is unacceptable. The OA Action Alliance Physical Activity Working Group is tackling this important issue by focusing on improving environmental policies and strategies and behaviors to increase physical activity among people with OA.”

To obtain the full study click here.



Member Spotlight


Tom Trojian

Director of Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and a board member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
Injury Prevention Working Group Member

With over 15 years as a physician, Tom Trojian understands the importance of reaching patients in a personal capacity regarding issues such as osteoarthritis. The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is a multi-disciplinary organization of physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, collaboration and fellowship within the field of sports medicine. The goal of the AMSSM is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting. There is a positive synergy between the goal of the AMSSM and the OA Action Alliance. The AMSSM is pleased to work with a diverse group of professionals to find methods to prevent osteoarthritis. To learn more about the AMSSM click here.


Pat Ryan

Vice President of Education, International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)
Physical Activity Working Group Member

Pat and the ICAA felt it was vital to join the OA Action Alliance because the collective action of multiple stakeholders will dramatically raise the volume on the message that physical activity and other treatments can support quality of life for older adults with osteoarthritis. ICAA supports organizations that provide facilities and programs that are part of a prevention/wellness model focused on quality of life for people 50 years and older. To learn more about the ICAA click here.




New Arthritis Foundation Ad Council Campaign


The Ad Council and the Arthritis Foundation, with the support of the American College of Rheumatology, have released the second phase of the fight arthritis pain campaign. The ads tell the story about freedom of movement for people with arthritis and how to protect it. It is about mobilizing an army of millions who refuse to accept that osteoarthritis is inevitable part of aging. The weapon in the battle against arthritis is movement. The ads are urging those who have arthritis or who are at risk for arthritis to choose a physical activity weapon to fight their arthritis whether it is walking, swimming, taking the stairs or something else that increases physical movement —all are weapons against osteoarthritis. See the TV, print and radio ads at Consider putting an ad in your newsletter, magazine or other communication tool for your organization. If you have questions, please contact


  Arthritis Foundation Ad Council Campaign


CDC Now Offering Spanish-Language Arthritis Content

Language doesn’t have to be a barrier to information about arthritis. CDC now offers Spanish-language arthritis content on the recently launched website:

Link to the OA Action Alliance

Do you feel that the OA Action Alliance provides valuable information? We would like you to share our information with your colleagues/constituents. Please feel free to include a link to the OA Action Alliance ( to your website.


Centers for Disease Control, Arthritis Foundation