A new APTA-sponsored report from the Arthritis Foundation focuses on the unique role of physical, social, and environmental factors in making physical activity accessible, convenient, and effective for adults with arthritis.
Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis is designed to engage 6 important sectors—park, recreation, fitness and sport; business and industry; community and public health; health care; transportation and use and community design; and mass media—as partners in providing physical activity opportunities that meet the needs of people with arthritis.
Several APTA members were instrumental in the development of the report. Bonita Beattie, PT, MPT, MHA, and Julie Keysor, PT, PhD, served as in-person expert meeting participants. Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, GCS, CWS, Dina Jones, PT, PhD, Ryan Mizner, PT, MPT, PhD, and Carol Oatis, PT, PhD, were content reviewers.
The report will be officially launched at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Congressional Arthritis Caucus, cochaired by Rep Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Rep Sue Myrick (R-NC), on May 16. APTA will cosponsor the briefing. Look for a link to the final report and coverage of the briefing next week in News Now.