CDC Recommended Arthritis Programs

The CDC Arthritis Program recommends evidence-based programs that are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. The programs currently being promoted are:

  • Four self-management education programs:
    • Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Program (AFSHP)
    • Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
    • Tomando Control de su Salud (Spanish Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)
    • Programa de Manejo Personal de la Artritis (Spanish Arthritis Self-Management Program — SASMP)
  • Six physical activity programs:
    • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP)
    • Active Living Everyday (ALED)
    • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP)
    • EnhanceFitness (EF)
    • Fit and Strong
    • Walk With Ease (WWE) (Group Led)
  • Two health communications campaigns promoting physical activity:
    • Physical Activity. The Arthritis Pain Reliever
    • Buenos Días, Artritis (Spanish language)

Each Program description also includes information about how to locate these programs in your state. Self-management education programs like the Arthritis Foundation Self-Help Course (AFSHC) and Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) help teach people with arthritis techniques to manage arthritis on a day-to-day basis. Research has shown that appropriate physical activity offers substantial benefits to people with arthritis and can decrease arthritis pain and disability.

Physical Activity for Everyone Guidelines

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It’s easier than you think!

The CDC publishes guidelines with recommended levels of physical activity for children, adults, and older adults.

In addition, the CDC lists many ways that you can add physical activity to your life.