About the Caucus

Since 2010, Movement is Life has been focused on the elimination of musculoskeletal disparities. Limited mobility due to joint pain has a dramatic impact on co-morbid health conditions to include obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The healthcare costs to manage these conditions are staggering!

MOVEMENT IS…RAISING AWARENESS of the epidemic of limited mobility and developing functional solutions to reduce disparities.

MOVEMENT IS…STRATEGIZING with healthcare providers, community leaders and other stakeholders to combat the disparate rate of disabling joint pain among women, African Americans, and Hispanics.

MOVEMENT IS…IMPLEMENTING community based initiatives to combat the alarming rates of arthritis and co-morbid conditions that lead to immobility.

MOVEMENT IS…ADVOCATING to decrease musculoskeletal health disparities that contribute to joint pain and immobility.

MOVEMENT IS…EDUCATING patients on the importance of daily physical activity to decrease poor joint health and improve overall health.

Our Goal

Be a catalyst for change by energizing multi-disciplinary work groups to develop measurable, short-term action plans that “move the needle” on critical factors that drive musculoskeletal disparities. We must find ways to make an impact now, while long-term solutions are being developed.

Issue Overview

The onset of joint pain may represent the early stages of osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis). Being overweight or obese increases the risk and progression of osteoarthritis because the extra load directly affects weight-bearing joints (e.g. the knees and hips). Studies have shown that knee osteoarthritis is 4 to 5 times more common in overweight people compared with people who are of normal body weight. [Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center], and overweight individuals in their thirties who did not have knee OA were at greater risk of later developing the disease [Felson DT, Anderson JJ, Naimark A. Walker AM, Meenan RF. “Obesity and knee osteoarthritis: The Framingham study.” Ann. Int. Med 1988; 109: 18-24].

Women, African Americans and Latinos/Hispanics face more severe osteoarthritis, functional limitation and disability but have less than optimal access to diagnostic, medical and surgical intervention, irrespective of their insurance coverage. These same individuals have the highest levels of obesity in the nation [The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Fit and Healthy Nation 2010 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services], coupled with the highest level of physical inactivity [“Physical Activity Among Adults, United States 2003” – Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, Number 333 – May 14, 2003].

Movement is Life is all about Behavior Change