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Walk10Blocks helps get sedentary people moving

The Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute published a news article about the Walk10Blocks app, commenting how researcher-consumer-patient group collaboration can facilitate knowledge translation. The Walk10Blocks team thanks the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and other groups for sharing the Walk10Blocks app with their network.

Below is an excerpt of the article:

Researcher-consumer-patient Group Collaboration Facilitates Knowledge Translation

Two people walking with Walk10Blocks app on mobile phoneWalk10Blocks helps get sedentary people moving.

The development process behind a new app to help sedentary people get moving shows how unique partnerships between researchers, consumers, and patient groups can lead to innovative health research. Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) scientists Dr. Linda Li and Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose credit the collaboration between themselves and consumer and patient groups, including Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., and CARP (the Canadian Association of Retired Persons), for the development of the Walk10Blocks app.

Dr. Linda Li, professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Patient-Oriented Knowledge Translation at UBC and Arthritis Research Canada. 

“We’re very proud of this collaboration. It’s a perfect example of how researchers getting together with patient and public groups can come up with innovative ideas and actually make things happen,” says Dr. Li.

“I’ve built apps before for other research projects and it usually takes a very long time. Walk10Blocks only took one year from conception to testing launch in the community. When consumer and patient groups are involved–they know what works and they’re really driven to get things done fast and done right.”

Walk10Blocks is the first app designed specifically to help adults get over the hurdle of starting regular physical activity by encouraging them to walk 10 blocks a day (or about one kilometre per day), which according to research may help delay or minimize risk of dementia and improve cardiovascular and joint health over time. 

Walk10Blocks, which is currently available for free on iTunes, can be installed on an iPhone 5S or above. The app uses the phone’s core motion sensor to collect data about a person’s movement activity. The app converts this activity into a walking log, which tracks the distance travelled throughout the day and how many theoretical city blocks have been covered. The goal is to encourage sedentary people to walk at least 10 blocks per day. The app offers motivating, friendly alerts, has easy-to-read measurements, helps set reasonable walking goals, and awards badges for meeting goals.

By downloading the app, Walk10Blocks participants have also agreed to take part in an innovative research study that uses the app to collect data through surveys. Information gathered for the study includes patients’ fatigue, pain, mood, stress, and walk ratings to give researchers a better understanding of what individuals’ walking opportunities look like. The study also aims to help users recognize and understand their own physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour, create awareness about neighbourhood resources, and determine the overall feasibility of the app.

Development of the app started with one of Drs. Li and Liu-Ambrose’s research groups consulting with patient groups and receiving a grant from the Improving Cognitive and Joint Health Network (ICON), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research knowledge translation catalyst network.

“What we heard loud and clear through our consultations was a desire for more efficient, effective use of what we know about physical activity and its health benefits in terms of managing diseases, especially for people whose health may worsen without it.”

Early on, the groups met with Dr. Liu-Ambrose, researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, who shared with them current evidence with relation to exercise and cognitive function. According to Dr. Li, the group was most interested in findings from a nine-year observational study in the U.S. that showed that walking approximately 10 city-sized blocks results in better cognition and better brains.

“That specific information had our consumer groups almost jumping for joy because to them it was finally something concrete that could be used and brought back to stakeholder groups as the minimum amount of physical activity you needed to do for positive effect,” according to Dr. Li.

Dr. Liu-Ambrose, who is also Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience, says the group got quite motivated by the idea that you don’t necessarily need to run a marathon to have a positive impact on brain health. “This led to the concept of the app and Cheryl Koehn, president of Arthritis Consumer Experts and head of our arthritis patient group, really has been the driving force behind it.”

“The evidence is accumulating to suggest that exercise is beneficial–but where there is a void is how to put it into action. The app is a bit of that component,” she adds. “When everyone has a common goal and shared interests, I think that’s when we make good progress.”

“And so in many ways, recommending regular activities, such as moderately paced walking, seems to be a pretty reasonable approach for promoting physical and cognitive health over the lifespan.”

JointHealth™ insight – décembre 2016 : Meilleurs vœux de la part du comité ACE !

JointHealth insight French snippet

En ce temps des Fêtes, alors que toute l’équipe se penche sur les 17 années passées à servir les Canadiennes et Canadiens touchés par l’arthrite, le comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts) souhaite également partager avec vous les plus récentes informations sur la recherche et souligner nos programmes pour 2017. Vous trouverez donc dans ce numéro du JointHealth™ insight :

  • Le message de remerciement tout spécial de la part de Cheryl Koehn, fondatrice et présidente du comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts)
  • La revue de toutes les réalisations du comité ACE en 2016
  • Une présentation des nouveaux cours Éducation JointHealth™ sur l’arthrite psoriasique et la spondylarthrite ankylosante
  • Une nouvelle recherche et étude de cas sur les biosimilaires
  • Une explication du concept de « données du monde réel »

Picture of Cheryl Koehn« Au nom de tous les membres de l’équipe ACE et des membres de son Conseil consultatif d’experts scientifiques et médicaux et de personnes atteintes d’arthrite, je tiens à vous remercier encore une fois de votre intérêt soutenu, de votre participation généreuse et du soutien que vous apportez à nos travaux. Nous vous souhaitons un joyeux temps des Fêtes et l’amélioration de votre santé en 2017. » – Cheryl Koehn

JointHealth™ insight – December 2016: Happy Holidays from ACE!

JointHealth insight December snippetThis season, as we reflect on our 17 years serving Canadians with arthritis, Arthritis Consumer Experts wants to also share with you new research information and highlight 2017 programs. In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, you will find:

  • A special thank you message from Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts
  • A review of ACE’s accomplishments in 2016
  • An introduction to new JointHealth™ Education programs for psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
  • New research and case study on biosimilars
  • An explanation of “real world data”

Picture of Cheryl Koehn

“On behalf of my ACE team members and our Scientific, Medical and Consumer Advisory Board, I want to thank you again for your interest, participation and support of our work. We wish you a joyful holiday season and improved health in 2017.”

– Cheryl Koehn

Nouvelles de l’ACR : Nouvelles possibilités de traitement contre la spondylarthrite axiale

Picture of Dr. ElewautBonne nouvelle pour les membres et abonnés du comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts) atteints d’une forme de spondylarthrite ankylosante. Dans le monde de la recherche sur l’arthrite, le domaine précis touchant la spondylarthrite ankylosante progresse rapidement et on assiste à des découvertes très emballantes. Au colloque annuel de l’American College of Rheumatology (ACR), le docteur Dirk Elewaut, professeur de rhumatologie et d’immunologie et directeur du Département de rhumatologie de l’hôpital universitaire de Gand, en Belgique, a traité de l’importance de l’inflammation de l’intestin associée à la spondylarthrite.
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ACR News: New Treatment opportunities in axial spondyloarthritis

Picture of Dr. ElewautGood news for Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) members and subscribers who live with a form of ankylosing spondylitis. Within the arthritis research world, the field of ankylosing spondylitis is rapidly progressing, and very exciting new discoveries are being made. At the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting, Dr. Dirk Elewaut, Professor of Rheumatology and Immunology and Chair of the Department of Rheumatology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium, discussed the importance of gut inflammation in spondyloarthritis.

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Take a walk with the Walk10Blocks app!

Walk10Blocks logoDo you need help meeting the basic daily exercise requirement? If you do, then Walk10Blocks is the app
for you! 

We all know walking is good for your health. Research shows that even walking 10 city blocks a day, equivalent to about 2,000 – 3,000 steps or 1 km, can help delay dementia and may help improve cardiovascular and joint health over time.

Arthritis Consumer Experts has partnered with Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) and Alzheimer’s Society of BC to develop an easy-to-use iPhone app to help people become more physically active through walking called “Walk10Blocks.” This innovative project is supported by ICON (Improving Cognitive & Joint Health Network), a 3-year knowledge translation network research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. To learn more about the project, please click here.

Arthritis Consumer Experts is looking for people to join the “Walk10Blocks” community. To start walking, all you need is an iPhone 5s or 6 and five minutes of your time every other day to answer brief survey questions about your experience using the app.

To download the “Walk10Blocks” app, please click here.