On September 19, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) encouraged community members with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to participate in a physical activity study with the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC). To show support for our community, Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of ACE was amongst the first to sign up!
As one of the study participants, Cheryl has been asked to test two different activity trackers over a 4-week period. The first tracker is called the FitBitTM Flex, a wrist-worn activity monitor that measures an individual’s physical activity. The tracker allows users to create personalized fitness goals and integrate their goals with social media such as Facebook, Twitter and email. Continue reading
Today’s focus on The League of Extraordinary People for Arthritis is Dr. Jane Aubin, Chief Scientific Officer at the Canadian Instituted of Health Research (CIHR). Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix was graced with Dr. Aubin’s presence at the launch of their new arthritis awareness initiative program last week. As a partner of this initiative, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) met up with Dr. Aubin after the launch for a short interview. We would like to thank Dr. Aubin for her time and support for the arthritis community. Please find below our interview with Dr. Aubin.
ACE: You have been with CIHR for over two years now, what are your main responsibilities as Chief Scientific Officer?
Dr. Aubin: I oversee all scientific affairs at CIHR and provide CIHR with expert advice on matters relevant to science and technology, potential opportunities and emerging orientations and trends in the national and international health research community.
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After a chance encounter that enriched her health knowledge, Fran came to the conclusion that “sometimes it pays to talk to strangers.”
The countless conversations that I have initiated with captive seatmates on airplanes or trains (or at a doctor’s office) have revealed fascinating details about other people’s lives and offer common ground for conversation. Women are better than men at finding subjects of mutual interest; my husband is continually amazed how I can meet another woman and glean more information about her life in five minutes than most men learn about each other in five years. Continue reading
The last person living with arthritis featured on Glow Magazine’s “Shes Too Young” is our own blogger Nathalie Courtois. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Nathalie, she is one of our most prolific bloggers for the French side of Arthritis Broadcast Network. Her blog series is titled, “Ma vie avec Spondylarthrite Ankylosante”. If you’re able to read French, click here to read her posts. If not, she was featured in the May 2012 issue JointHealth™ monthly about ankylosing spondylitis (AS).
With the goal of helping women get their lives back, Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with Arthritis Consumer Experts and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, two of Canada’s leading arthritis experts, to provide information on how to live well with arthritis. In honour of the new partnership, Alison Garwood-Jones of Glow Magazine have interviewed three women living with arthritis. To learn more about the Shoppers Drug Mart WOMEN arthritis program, please click here. Please find below an excerpt, the last of three, of Glow’s interview with Nathalie Courtois.
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It takes one to know one and that is certainly the case when it comes to someone living with arthritis. In honour of Arthritis Awareness Month, we believe in sharing the success and inspirational stories of others living with arthritis. Part II in our series focuses on an amazing woman living with rheumatoid arthritis, Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder of Arthritis Consumer Experts.
Ms. Koehn is a national arthritis advocate, a community leader and a published author. In November 2000, Cheryl founded Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its JointHealth™ family of programs.
As a 23-year survivor of rheumatoid arthritis, Cheryl brings the arthritis consumer’s perspective to ACE, and to decision-making processes at government, research institutions, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations across Canada and internationally.
Cheryl has served on provincial and national committees and been a standard bearer for the inclusion of people with arthritis in all decision-making processes related to the field of arthritis. Her remarks from the floor during the final Arthritis 2000 plenary session have been widely recognized as the catalyst for the creation of the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN). She is an invited speaker at National and International arthritis and health-related conferences as a leading arthritis advocate in Canada.
In May 1999, Cheryl became the consumer representative on CAN’s management and research and development committee, and was elected chair of its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC). She was re-elected co-chair of this volunteer council in September 2002. She served as a consumer community representative on the CAN Partnerships and Sustainability Committee and along with her Aboriginal colleague, Joyce Greene, spearheaded the development of CAN’s Aboriginal Research Initiative, the first of its kind in Canada.
Cheryl’s other committee memberships include:
- Member organization representative, Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program
- Co-Founder and member organization representative, Best Medicines Coalition
- Co-chair, Summit on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care
- Current and two-time Chair and Member organization representative, Better Pharmacare Coalition
- Developer of the 2009-2010 National Arthritis Awareness Program, a partnership between ACE and The Arthritis Society
- Consumer Representative on the Executive Committee of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada
In addition to these, Cheryl and her ACE colleagues regularly represent the views of Canadians living with arthritis at governments across Canada.
Along with co-authors Dr. John Esdaile and Taysha Palmer, Cheryl Koehn authored Rheumatoid Arthritis: PLAN TO WIN, published by Oxford University Press and in bookstores in January 2002.
In her free time, Cheryl likes to spend quality time with her friends and her labradoodle dog, Molly. She is committed to a weekly exercise plan that includes swimming, playing tennis, and walking her dog. “Before starting an exercise program, at home or at a gym, it is important to speak to a health professional trained in exercise for arthritis. They can help you to design an exercise program that will be both safe and effective. If done properly, exercising will help you maintain and strengthen bones and muscles,” she comments.
You may have heard arthritis described as a “woman’s disease”. In this case, popular wisdom proves to be true: scientific research informs us that due to physiological and physical differences from men, women are more likely to get certain types of arthritis, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.
With the goal of helping women get their lives back, Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with Arthritis Consumer Experts and the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, two of Canada’s leading arthritis experts, to provide information on how to live well with arthritis. In honour of the new partnership, Alison Garwood-Jones of Glow Magazine have interviewed three women living with arthritis. To learn more about the Shoppers Drug Mart WOMEN arthritis program, please click here. Please find below an excerpt, the second of three, of Glow’s interview with Sharan Rai.
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