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Today is International Women’s Day: Our favourites are…

Today is International Women’s Day! We want to thank the women who we think have contributed greatly to the arthritis community. Who is your favourite woman?

CPicture of Cheryl Koehnheryl Koehn – President, Arthritis Consumer Experts

Cheryl Koehn is the woman behind Arthritis Broadcast Network. She 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. Continue reading

Cheryl Koehn, her rheumatoid arthritis and research “buddy”

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

The League of Extraordinary People for Arthritis: Part III

Picture of Dr. AubinToday’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.

ACE: As Vice President of Research, what are you responsible for? Continue reading

AS it Goes – Talk to Strangers

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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

Part III: An excerpt from Glow Magazine on arthritis – “She’s too Young”

Nathalie CourtoisThe 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.

Excerpt from Glow Magazine: Interview with Nathalie Courtois Continue reading