Prevalence of leisure-time physical activity among persons with arthritis & other rheumatic conditions–United States, 1990-1991

Although regular physical activity is associated with important

physical and mental health benefits, an estimated 53 million

U.S. adults are inactive during their leisure time–the

period most amenable to efforts to increase physical

activity. The presence of chronic conditions, especially

those associated with disabilities, may reduce levels of

leisure time physical activity (LTPA). Arthritis and other

rheumatic conditions (e.g., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid

arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, and other diseases of the

joints) are leading causes of disability and are among the

most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States,

affecting approximately 40 million persons in 1995 and a

projected 60 million persons in 2020. This report uses data

from the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP)

supplement of the 1990-1991 National Health Interview Survey

(NHIS) to provide estimates of LTPA among persons with

arthritis and other rheumatic conditions by disability status

and compares these estimates with those for persons without

arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. The findings

indicate that the prevalence of LTPA among persons with

arthritis and other rheumatic conditions is less than that

among persons without arthritis and other rheumatic

conditions.

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