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Julie Keysor Serves on Expert Panel
Julie Keysor, Director of ENACT, brought her expertise in both arthritis and physical activity promotion to a strategy meeting in Atlanta. On March 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arthritis Foundation hosted a meeting titled “Policies and Environmental Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis.”
Keysor served on an expert panel to provide feedback and recommendations for proposed initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity among patients with osteoarthritis. The panel of 15 included experts from agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Council on Aging, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Association for Retired Persons.
Experts discussed initiatives that the CDC and Arthritis Foundation proposed in their recently-written white paper about identifying and overcoming both physical and environmental barriers to physical activity for persons with arthritis. This white paper was written in response to recommendations from A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis.
The end goal of this meeting was to solidify and prioritize proposed policies and strategies for moving a physical activity promotion agenda forward. Such an agenda focuses on five sectors: parks and recreation, worksites, built environments, health care, and public health, government, and non-profit.
Keysor called this experience “an exciting day to be at the table.”