This Physical Activity Implementation Guide is designed to engage a broad array of agencies and organizations as partners in establishing environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with arthritis (based on the 2012 report pictured here).


Regular physical activity is important for all adults and those with arthritis are no exception. Physical activity has been proven to decrease pain, delay the onset of disability, improve physical functioning, mood and independence, and enhance quality of life, aerobic capacity and muscle strength. Despite these significant benefits, adults with arthritis have higher rates of physical inactivity than those without arthritis.1

Arthritis affects 54.4 million adults and is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Currently, more than 22.7 percent of U.S. adults have arthritis. If current trends continue, an estimated 78.4 million Americans will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by 2040.2

The Arthritis Foundation aims to reduce by 20% the number of people with arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030, preserving the mobility and quality of life of 6 million people. Boosting Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis is designed to help achieve that objective by engaging agencies and organizations in six key sectors and encouraging partnerships to implement environmental and policy strategies to make regular physical activity institutionalized and sustainable.3

  1. CDC Physical Activity and Arthritis Overview
  2. CDC Arthritis-Related Statistics
  3. CDC Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) – Action Guide
    (Policy strategies are laws, regulations, rules, protocols, and procedures designed to guide or influence behavior. Environmental strategies are physical, social, or economic factors designed to influence people’s practices and behaviors.)
OAAA Small Grants Program – Past Awardees

2016 Small Grant Program Awardees
2015 Small Grant Program Awardees

White Paper: Identifying Relevant Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis