With recruitment for ENACT's 3 research projects completed, expect to hear more...
Now Open: Register for the NIDRR-funded ENACT Arthritis State of the Science Meeting & New Investigator Workshop
ENACT is please to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for the Arthritis State of the Science Meeting Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis, to be held in Pentagon City, Virginia on April 7 th, 2014. Content and discussion will focus on three primary areas: rehabilitation, community, and employment. The dialogue created by bringing together experts in the fields of rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation will serve the ultimate goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research and policy agenda forward. The line-up of presenters is impressive – view the conference agenda here.
We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse. Register now!
The Conference will be preceded by a New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research for new investigators during the afternoon of April 6th. The Workshop will include opportunities for individual mentoring, as well as presentations on using large data sets and selecting optimal outcome measures. Workshop mentors include Drs. Julie Keysor, David Felson, Alan Jette, Jonathan Bean, Paolo Bonato, Nancy Baker, and Michael LaValley.
The Workshop involves a competitive application process. New investigators are invited to submit applications here.
We look forward to seeing you in April!
On the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), ENACT wishes to take the time to remember this historic piece of legislation. The passage of this comprehensive bill was a hard-fought victory for disability advocates, ensuring that people with disabilities have equal rights under the law to have access to opportunities available to all Americans. Today, the journey towards achieving equal rights for disabled individuals continues.
As a potentially disabling disease, arthritis may qualify you for protections under this act. Take this opportunity to find out more about the ADA at http://adaanniversary.org/whatisADA and about available disability resources on the ENACT website.
Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Director and Principle Investigator for the Work It Study, has been selected for a sponsorship award to attend the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit held in Washington, DC in March.
As an expert in arthritis and the impact of environment on participation in community life, Dr. Keysor regularly participates on arthritis advocacy panels, which function to set agendas and priorities for the field. Stay connected with ENACT at www.bu.edu/enact for announcements on the reports generated from these conferences.
Congratulations are in order for ENACT student Becca Emmets, a 3rd year student at Boston University’s Pre-medical Program!
Becca received a research award from Boston University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which is designed to help motivated students become involved in university-level research. Becca will work with ENACT Center Director Dr. Julie Keysor on this project investigating ongoing recruitment strategies and effectiveness for the ENACT Work-It study, which studies the effects of arthritis on employment.
Congratulations again Becca!
ENACT is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource tool for health practitioners, researchers, and people living with arthritis!
ENACT’s Resource Corner is a compilation of comprehensive, evidence-based local and national programs and resources for people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions, rehabilitation professionals, and researchers and future researchers. You will find the following resources areas built by ENACT as well as expert information from national organizations.
- Arthritis Information
- Tools for Health Practitioners and Researchers
- Tools for People with Arthritis
- Local Massachusetts Resources
ENACT has added a new face to the line-up of speakers for the community event, “Managing Fatigue and Pain from Arthritis, Lupus, and Scleroderma”!
Leslie Worris, MPH, Wellness Coach, and Yoga Therapist, will speak about appropriate yoga techniques and give a practical demonstration to those in attendance.
For details about the event, including a list of other speakers, please visit the event page here.
ENACT would like to express our thanks to scientific advisory board member Dr. Patience White, MD, MA for delivering her talk, “Moving National Public Health Agendas to Action: Pitfalls, Challenges, and Opportunities” to Boston University’s School of Public Health last week.
As Vice President of Public Health for the Arthritis Foundation and as a practicing rheumatologist, Dr. White’s recent efforts have been focused on coordinating multiple agencies and campaigns to move arthritis and physical activity health policy initiatives forward. Her combined expertise in arthritis and experience with public health policy came together in an informative presentation on an increasingly significant topic for public health professionals.
Also delivered as a live webcast, Dr. White’s talk will be available as an archive on the ENACT website. We’ll keep you posted!
Walk to support your health and those living with this disease.
You may be eligible if you have:
- knee osteoarthritis with knee pain
- concerns about your employment due to your arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or fibromyalgia
- had a knee replacement at least 2 years ago
Click here for more information about participating!
Over the course of the past year, ENACT Center Director and respected arthritis expert Dr. Julie Keysor participated in roundtable discussions and critical reviews of efforts by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to develop a comprehensive report of environmental and policy recommendations for physical activity and arthritis. Please read on to learn more about these efforts from the Arthritis Foundation:
Arthritis Foundation Calls For Efforts To Boost Physical Activity Among People With Arthritis
As the nation’s most common cause of disability, arthritis affects 50 million adults in the United States—more than 20 percent of the adult population. And this number is expected to grow as the population of older Americans and number of obese Americans continues to increase.
Physical activity is a vital intervention for arthritis that decreases pain; delays the start of disability; improves muscle strength, mobility, mood and independence; and enhances quality of life. High rates of arthritis among people with other chronic diseases—such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity—for which physical activity is important, increases the value of physical activity as a tool for managing arthritis. Yet, adults with arthritis are less likely to be physically activity than are those without arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arthritis is a serious and painful joint disease that often causes weakness and places severe limits on daily activities from opening a jar to holding a job. With the combination of inactivity, obesity, injury and the aging of our population, the prevalence, health impact and economic consequences of arthritis are expected to rise dramatically. Physical activity for those living with arthritis can be daunting because of the pain they live with everyday, but moving may be the answer when looking for ways to minimize arthritis pain.
In order to dramatically reduce the impact of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation recently released a report focused on changes that could be made within six important sectors to make physical activity feasible for individuals with arthritis. Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis is the result of an effort by the Arthritis Foundation and 30 stakeholders to identify and prioritize strategies to increase physical activity with the aim of reducing the impact of arthritis.
The report is a comprehensive resource that calls on leaders and organizations in community and public health; health care professionals; transportation, land use and community design; business and industry; park, recreation, fitness and sport; and mass media and communication to help meet the goals of the National Physical Activity Plan for adults with arthritis.
Numerous stakeholder groups across the country, including the Boston University Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), will be working with the Arthritis Foundation and its chapters to implement the strategies outlined in this report.
You can change the course of arthritis. To learn more and get involved, please visit www.arthritis.org/physical-activity.