Skip Navigation

HHS HealthBeat (September 21, 2011)

Inactive with arthritis

Women working out
Listen to TipAudio

Take the Next Step

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Arthritis can make it painful to move, but people with arthritis can help themselves by being active. At the Institute for Healthcare Studies of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, Dorothy Dunlop says the health benefits of physical activity can include pain control.

But Dunlop measured about 1,000 people with knee osteoarthritis, using a device that kept account of movement, and found most did less than federal guidelines.

``Only 13 percent of the men and only 8 percent of the women actually met these physical activity guidelines.’’  (7 percent)

The guidelines call for at least 20 minutes of moderate activity a day.

The study in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism was part of a large national study, the Osteoarthritis Initiative, supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: September 21, 2011