Alliance for Osteoarthritis Action Increases Number of “Appropriate Evidence-Based Interventions for Arthritis” (AAEBI) Recognized by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 7 to 18

OAAA, based at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center in University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supported this review with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to this structured review, seven “recognized” programs has been show to improve the quality of life for adults with arthritis and could be offered in communities across the country. The addition of these newly recognized programs brings the full list to 18 physical activity and self-management education programs that organizations can choose to offer to their local community.

The newly recognized six physical activity programs are intended to help people increase their level of physical activity as well as enable them to better reduce or manage pain, improve physical function, and increase self-efficacy (a belief in their ability to be active).

Six newly recognized physical activity AAEBI

  • AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Camine Con Gusto (Spanish version of Walk With Ease)
  • Fit and strong! More
  • Tai chi for arthritis
  • Tai Ji Quan: Move for a better balance
  • Walk with ease

In addition, there are five new self-management programs to help people learn strategies and develop the skills and confidence to cope with symptoms such as pain and fatigue, manage stress, reduce depression, eat healthy foods, stay active and more.

Five newly recognized self-management education AAEBIs

  • Better choices, better health®
  • Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
  • To improve®Well-being
  • Incentive Program for an Active and Rewarding Life (PEARLS)
  • Workplace Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

To conduct the review, promising programs were evaluated by a national panel of reviewers with extensive expertise in arthritis research, AAEBI, program evaluation and program implementation. The OAAA is pleased that the expanded menu provides organizations with more options to better meet the needs of adults with arthritis in their communities.

Learn more about the 18 recognized programs as well as the review process here:

About the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA)

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance is a national public health coalition of more than 140 member organizations that aims to reduce the burden of osteoarthritis in the United States through the dissemination of educational tools, resources and messages to health care to increase awareness of osteoarthritis and promote evidence. -prevention and management strategies. Injury prevention (eg, sports injury prevention, falls prevention, etc.), weight management, physical activity, and self-management education are proven strategies for prevention and management osteoarthritis and are the main areas of interest of the OAAA. To learn more about OAAA and how you can “Stand Up 2 OA”, visit

SOURCE Alliance for Action Against Osteoarthritis

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