Thank you to the Centre for Brain Health for publishing an article about the Walk10Blocks app. Let’s start walking!
Below is an excerpt from the Centre for Brain Health:
WALK10BLOCKS MAKES IT EASIER FOR SEDENTARY ADULTS TO GET MOVING
“Exercise” as a concept can be hard to wrap your head around – how much is enough? How do you know you’re doing it correctly? And how do you begin? Fortunately, a new app promises to put older adults on the right path. By walking just ten blocks (roughly one kilometer) per day, app users will meet their daily activity goals; they’ll also find the support, tools and tips they need to keep going.
Walk10Blocks was a collaborative effort inspired by the research of Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose(Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility) and Dr. Linda Li (Arthritis Research Canada). The idea to develop an app as a way of driving awareness around the cognitive and joint health benefits of walking – and to use mobile technology to collect research data in a new way – came from Knowledge User Team lead Arthritis Consumer Experts, and its partners, the Alzheimer Society of BC, and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.
Scientific guidance from Drs. Liu-Ambrose and Li, along with leading physiotherapy researchers, and digital tech leadership from the Centre for Digital Media, ensured that the Walk10Blocks app was not only user friendly, but would help advance research into cognitive and joint health in a meaningful way.
“Our advice to start with ten blocks is meant to give people a concrete first step, so to speak, towards daily physical activity,” says Dr. Liu-Ambrose. “We wanted to give users a straightforward goal to start, which they would be able to confidently build on. Research shows that walking just ten blocks per day can have neuroprotective benefits as many as nine years later – Walk10Blocks makes it easy to take the first steps toward improved cognition and joint and cardiovascular health.”
“The magic ingredients of the Walk10Blocks app project are its user driven conceptualization and design paired with hard science,” says Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts, Canada’s largest arthritis patient organization. “The Walk10Blocks app is the first that uses Apple’s ResearchKit platform and pairs user-designed features with a research study, giving the user health benefits long after the study is concluded. I think that’s a really important part of this project: helping sedentary people start walking and practicing healthy behaviour.”
Recent research from Dr. Liu-Ambrose showed that exercising – including walking – just three hours per week may help preserve memory function in older adults with existing cognitive impairments.
For more information about Walk10Blocks, visit walk10blocks.ca. Download Walk10Blocks for free from the App Store.
This research was made possible through funding from Improving Cognitive & jOint health Network(ICON), a CIHR knowledge translation catalyst network.
You may think that working a 9-to-5 desk job is tough. Think about doing that while managing your osteoarthritis and/or inflammatory arthritis, which itself is a full-time job on its own. For people living with these diseases, working in an office environment – and sitting for a prolonged period – can create joint stiffness in the spine, hips or knees. Improper posture and technique when using a computer or writing may aggravate pain for people with the disease in their hands. It can also place additional stress on affected joints. Experts suggest we maintain regular movement throughout the workday as sitting too much can weaken the muscles surrounding your joints.
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Dr. Aileen Davis, a professor in the departments of physical therapy and surgery at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, said: “For people who are spending long days sitting at work, we would recommend that they periodically do some stretches and also that they get up from their desk and move around every hour, hour and a half. I’m not saying that you’ve got to walk a long, long way, but just even the fact that you’re getting up and moving around your office is helpful.” Continue reading
Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015
Today’s feature interview – Mr. Mark Warwas: Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) in Indigenous Population: Prevalence, Physical Functioning, Quality of Life, and Health Care Utilization
ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.
Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks. Continue reading
Dear ABN readers,
Yesterday, our community, and all of Canadian health care, lost a giant in Dr. Cyril Frank
Cy was a hero to many. His surgical skills and bedside manner restored his patients’ lives. He gave each and every one unparalleled care and years of renewed happiness and quality of life.
Picture from the University of Calgary
To his colleagues, Cy was regarded as nothing short of brilliant. His thoughtful, innovative approach to reform Canadian health care was both effective and inspiring. No challenge was too big for Cy, and he encouraged others to think that way, too. He was strategic, inclusive, kind and funny.
Most important to informed consumers/patients volunteers was his willingness to champion our inclusion at decision-making tables in research and at government. He believed to his core that the patient voice and experience must help drive, along with clinical and scientific expertise, the innovation required to improve the Canadian health care system
We miss you already, Cy.
Or maybe tuck them away in your closet once in a while. Last year, at Arthritis Research Canada’s Reaching Out with Arthritis Research (ROAR) event, there was a section commenting on “changing shoes”, arthritis and self-identity. One lady in that research said:
“I started wearing flat shoes. So flat shoes meant pants and never wearing dresses and I was dressing differently and my life became different and after a couple of years, it just, you know, it [RA] wasn’t getting any better…I came to realization that this was it, I was giving up skiing, tennis, that part of my life’s gone.”
This is a demonstration of a causal relationship between arthritis and wearing high heels – I have arthritis; therefore, I am unable to wear high heels when my joints are inflamed or in pain. For those with a wandering mind, you may ask yourself: Can I get arthritis from wearing high heels? If yes, what can I do to add glamour to an outfit and boost my confidence without wearing high heels?
ROAR 2014: Joint Involvement – Hips-Knees-Hands-Feet
Join us at an interactive public forum hosted by the Arthritis Patient Advisory Board of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada.
Patients, researchers and healthcare providers will be discussing the latest research on quality hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, bone changes in early rheumatoid arthritis and more.
What is ROAR?