About 1 in 4 Kansans ≥ 18 years of age had doctor diagnosed arthritis. Kansans with arthritis are nearly three times more likely to live with a disability – hearing, vision, mobility, self-care, and/or independent living – as compared to those without arthritis. View the latest Kansas data (PDF) on arthritis.

Risk Factors

Several characteristics called risk factors affect whether your risk is high or low for arthritis. These incldue weight, smoking, employement and injuries and infections.

  1. Weight
  2. Smoking
  3. Employment & Injuries
  4. Infection

Extra weight adds stress to joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees.  

Managing your Arthritis

If you have arthritis, you can start managing it today. 

  1. Learn Skills
  2. Be Active 
  3. Visit the Doctor
  4. Lose Weight
  5. Protect Joints
  6. Leader Resources

Learn Skills

Communities offer evidence-based programs — Enhanced®Fitness or Walk With Ease — specifically for those with arthritis. 

Watch as Laura Hughes Zahner,  instructor, and Joanne Francisco, participant discuss Walk With Ease.

No exercise equipment needed to complete this class.