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Learn Vital Information about Arthritis in America

The CDC Vital Signs is a monthly report that includes an MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. This month the Vital Sign is Arthritis

CDC researchers analyzed data from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey to update previous estimates of adults with arthritis and arthritis-related activity limitation.

Among the key findings:

  • About 54 million U.S. adults (23 percent) reported that their doctor had diagnosed them with arthritis.
  • About 24 million adults with arthritis had activity limitations because of their arthritis.
  • About half of all adults with heart disease or diabetes had arthritis. Nearly one-third of adults who were obese also had arthritis. Arthritis makes it harder to manage these conditions.

We are excited to promote and shareCDC’s Vital SignArthritis and hope you will too!

CDC Vital Signs Teleconference- Arthritis in America
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
Phone (US only): 800-857-0764
Passcode: 795-4413

Click here for more information and conference details on the teleconference.

Looking to spread the word?

The CDC has released a digital media kit on the Vital Signs website(Spanish) with fact sheets, images, podcasts and more! We have included some of the materials below:

Fact sheets from the CDC: English| Spanish

Infographic: English| Spanish

Digital Media Kit

MMWR Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013–2015

Press Release: Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 million US Adults – English| Spanish

Public Service Message about Arthritis:


About Vital Signs

Vital Signs is a monthly report that appears as part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vital Signs provides the latest data and information on key health threats: cancer, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, health care-associated infections, cardiovascular health and others.


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