Arthritis makes life more difficult for people living with chronic conditions

TOPEKA – A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found adults with a chronic condition are more likely to report serious psychological distress and limitations on social activities outside their home. Adults with arthritis as one of their chronic conditions are even more likely to report these negative effects. Increasing physical activity and participating in self-management programs are effective non-drug options to reduce pain and improve function for people with chronic conditions.

In Kansas more than 500,000 adults have been diagnosed with arthritis and about three in four Kansas adults with arthritis have at least one other chronic condition. Chronic conditions include arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.

Kansans with chronic conditions are able to access resources supported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to get needed physical activity to be healthier and happier. KDHE works with partners across Kansas to support physical activity and self-management education programs that reduce the negative effects of chronic conditions, including arthritis.

KDHE supported physical activity and self-management programs include chronic disease self-management education programs developed by Stanford University (available in English and Spanish), the Walk With Ease program developed by the Arthritis Foundation, and EnhanceFitness classes starting across Kansas.

For more information about programs for people with arthritis or other chronic conditions, visit or contact the Kansas Arthritis Program at 785-296-2330 or [email protected].

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