September 20, 2011 - Issue: Vol. 157, No. 140 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING MOVEMENT IS LIFE; Congressional Record Vol. 157, No. 140
(Extensions of Remarks - September 20, 2011)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1664-E1665] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING MOVEMENT IS LIFE ______ HON. CHAKA FATTAH of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 2011 National Caucus on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health Disparities and Movement is Life. This body may not know that arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affecting 46 million Americans, and costs the U.S economy $128 billion annually in medical costs and lost wages. The burden of arthritis falls more acutely on some members of our population, and African Americans and Latinos, and women of all backgrounds, face more severe osteoarthritis and disability, yet receive less than optimal access to diagnostic, medical, and surgical intervention than do other groups. Additionally, there is a lack of awareness about the connection between musculoskeletal health disparities, increasing physical inactivity levels, and disparities in chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease among women, African-Americans and Latinos. The Movement is Life Work Group Caucus has been established, and the second annual meeting is currently underway in Washington, D.C., to develop action plans aimed at reducing musculoskeletal health disparities. By promoting early intervention, the [[Page E1665]] Caucus seeks to slow musculoskeletal disease progression, reduce disability, and encourage physical activity and daily movement in order to improve the health of those currently disadvantaged as well as the overall health of the nation. I was introduced to the Movement is Life initiative by its co-chair Dr. Ibrahim; a Core Investigator with the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Chief of Medicine at the Philadelphia Medical Center, and Professor and Vice Chair of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. His work on understanding and intervening on racial disparity in access and utilization of joint replacement in the management of knee/hip osteoarthritis provides a national model for advancing health disparities research from first- generation studies that detected disparities in care, to second- generation studies exploring the reasons for these disparities, to the first-ever third-generation intervention trial to reduce well- documented disparity. I commend Dr. Ibrahim and Movement is Life on their second annual meeting, and for their efforts in creating a dialogue which draws attention to these health disparities that continue to impact our national economy and many lives around the country. I strongly encourage all to discuss musculoskeletal issues with their doctors and to participate in physical activity and daily movement in order to limit the exasperation of related chronic diseases and lead an independent, productive, and healthy lifestyle. ____________________