Walk this way!

About This Study

 

Do you need help meeting the basic daily exercise requirement? If you do, then Walk10Blocks is the app for you! Walk10Blocks is the first app designed specifically to help adults get off the couch, start walking and contribute to ground breaking research at the same time.

Research has shown that walking 10 blocks a day, about 1 km or 0.6 miles, may help delay or minimize risk of dementia and help improve cardiovascular and joint health over time.

Walk10Blocks helps you set reasonable walking goals and move from the couch to 10 blocks through motivating, friendly alerts. Based on data from your iPhone, the Walk10Blocks app helps you track your walking activity with easy-to-read measurements and record your important feedback to questionnaires.

When you use the Walk10Blocks app, you also are partnering with the research team from Arthritis Research Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts, Alzheimer Society of B.C and Canadian Association of Retired Persons, who is studying the benefits of walking for adults who are inactive, older and at risk for or struggling with arthritis or dementia.

 

Walk10Blocks Key Features

Dashboard

Dashboard

Viewer friendly dashboard that shows your walked blocks throughout each day.

Walking Goals

Walking Goals

Customizable daily walking goals

Notifications

Notifications

Stand up and take a walk reminders

Walking Log

Walking Log

A record of all your walks and how you rated them.

Badges

Badges

Fun rewards for meeting and beating your goals

Why join the Walk10Blocks study?

For Canadians over 65, some of the leading causes of mobility limitation are chronic joint and muscle diseases and cognitive impairment most commonly caused by dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Vascular Dementia.

Approximately 5 million Canadians are currently affected by some form of arthritis, a number that is estimated to grow to 7.5 million by 2036.

The World Health Organization reports that one new case of dementia is detected every 4 seconds.

Research suggests that walking a minimum of 1 kilometer, or about 10 city blocks per day, could reduce the risk of dementia, and potentially improve cardiovascular and bone health in the long term.

Walk10Blocks Benefits

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Notifications

Helps remind users to get up and take a break

Delivers brain and joint health benefits over time

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Dashboard

Helps users track and visualize the number of city-block equivalents walked

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Surveys

Helps users recognize and understand their own physical activity levels and sedentary behavior

Creates awareness about neighbourhood resources

Determines feasibility of the app

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Badges

Helps users remain engaged with the app

Empowers people to keep walking for their brain and joint health

How This Study Works

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We all know that walking is good for us, but understanding what motivates or supports people aged 30 to 50 years who are sedentary to include daily exercise into their lifestyles is vitally important as our population ages.

Using Apple’s ResearchKit platform, the Walk10Blocks study aims to find out if there are differences in how participants use the app. Will they open or use the app regularly? Will they self-select reminder notifications to stand up and take breaks or go for a walk? Will they rate their walking experiences? Will they take the surveys, whether they are prompted or not?

It sounds simple, but the Walk10Blocks study is a complex research project that has the potential to provide answers on how to help people who are sedentary change their behavior, behavior that either has led to poorer health or puts them at risk of developing a health condition.

Ultimately, the findings of the Walk10Blocks study will guide the full development of the app and help future users move more and sit less.

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This study uses reminder Notifications, an easy-to-read Dashboard, motivational Badges and research Surveys to engage and encourage users to walk 10 blocks a day.

Walked blocks on the Dashboard turn orange.
The milage sign shows your daily goal and progress.

Walking Log keeps track of your walking sessions. Rate one, a few, or all.

Badges are awarded as you meet certain goals.

Find and complete the surveys to advance research into brain and joint health.

Badge Legend

Welcome
Welcome to Walk 10 Blocks! Congratulations on completing the sign-up process.

W10B
To unlock this Badge, walk 10 blocks each day.

 

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Goal
To unlock this Badge, reach your daily walking goal

Superwalker
To unlock this Badge, walk more than your daily walking goal.

 

Red Carpet Reviewer
To unlock this Badge, rate 10 or more walking sessions.

Sit-to-Stand Expert
To unlock this Badge, go from sitting to standing according to your preset goal during each day.

Survey Rookie
To unlock this Badge, complete the first survey.

Survey Pro
To unlock this Badge, complete two surveys.

Survey Master
To unlock this Badge, complete all surveys.

Super-Rater
To unlock this Badge you have to rate under all satisfaction possibilities.

Dog Lover
To unlock this Badge, walk your dog 5 times ore more each day.

Errand Runner
To unlock this Badge, walk to run errands 10 times or more.

Break Aways
To unlock this Badge, “take a break” 10 times or more during your day.

Loyal Walker
To unlock this Badge, walk your daily walking goal for 3 days in a row.

Early Bird Walker
To unlock this Badge you have to achieve your daily walking goal before noon.

Who is eligible to participate in the study?

If you meet the following criteria, you are eligible to participate in the Walk10Blocks study:

% 19 years of age or older

% Able to walk with or without a walking aid, such as a cane

% Can speak and write fluent English

% Have iPhone 5S or later

% Have reliable internet and/or mobile data connection

% Have a valid email address.

Where to find Walk10Blocks

The app is free to download and available on iPhone 5S or above with iOS 9 or above installed. The app does not collect your GPS location.

The Walk10Blocks Team

Linda Li

Linda Li

BSc, PT, MSc, PhD

Primary Medical Consultant and Scientific Lead, Walk10Blocks and Professor at the University of British Columbia and Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

PhD, PT

Principal investigator of ICON, Canada Research Chair, Research Director, Falls Prevention Clinic, and Co-Site Lead for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, UBC Site

Jasmina Geldman

Jasmina Geldman

MSc

Research Coordinator, Walk10Blocks and Arthritis Research Canada

Lynne Feehan

Lynne Feehan

BScPT, MSc, PhD

Scientific advisor and Knowledge User Team Member, Walk10Blocks, and Clinical Research, Rehabilitation Program, Fraser Health, Surrey, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia

Alison Hoens

Alison Hoens

BScPT, MSc

Scientific advisor and Knowledge User Team Member, Walk10Blocks and Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker at UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Cheryl Koehn

Cheryl Koehn

President of Arthritis Consumer Experts

Knowledge User Team Lead, Walk10Blocks, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts, ICON partner organization representative

Eva Boberski

Eva Boberski

BSN, MPH

Knowledge User Team Member, Walk10Blocks, Manager and Research Coordinator at Alzheimer Society of B.C., ICON partner organization representative

Ana Hall

Ana Hall

BSc, MPH

Knowledge User Team Member, Walk10Blocks and National Volunteers and Events Manager at Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)

Andrés Fajardo

Andrés Fajardo

CompSci, MDM

Technical Lead and Product and Project Manager, Walk10Blocks and independent consultant on development of digital products

Anita Chan

Anita Chan

BA

Project Administration Lead, Walk10Blocks and JointHealth Program Coordinator

Patricia Nunez

Patricia Nunez

BFA, MDM

Graphic and UI Designer, Walk10Blocks

The Walk10Blocks app on the Research Kit platform can help conduct important research that may provide answers on how we and help delay dementia and improve cardiovascular and joint health over time.

– Dr. Linda Li, PT,
PhD of Physical Therapy

University of British Columbia
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We believe that giving individuals the tools to motivate them to move and track their health is incredibly powerful.

– Cheryl Koehn, President
Arthritis Consumer Experts
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News

Fibre rich diet may prevent arthritis knee pain in older adults

According to a recent study, diets rich in fibre from plant-based foods can lower the risk of developing knee pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis (OA) in older adults. Fibre-rich diet can also lower cholesterol, contribute to a better-controlled blood sugar, and a healthier diet.

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Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that affects more than 3,200,000 Canadians – about 1 in 10. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown in cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones in joints, allowing joints to function smoothly. The disease can affect any joint, but hands and weight-bearing joints—including the spine, hips and knees—are most often affected. Other joints, like shoulders, elbows, and ankles, are less likely to be affected unless the joint has been damaged by injury.

Unlike some other forms of arthritis where women are most affected, women and men are equally likely to be affected by osteoarthritis. It strikes most commonly after the age of 45, but people of all ages—from children to senior citizens-are at risk. While osteoarthritis has no known cure, treatments exist that minimize pain and maintain joint health. Read More

Pedestrians: What Do We Know?

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The “Pedestrians: What Do We Know?” fact sheet, developed by Robyn D. Robertson, Traffic Injury Research Foundation, contains an overview of the pedestrian safety issues in Canada. It summarizes the latest statistics in relation to the number of pedestrians killed and injured each year, describes high-risk groups of pedestrians, and key factors that contribute to pedestrian collisions. It also reviews common characteristics associated with pedestrian collisions, the types of drivers involved in these collisions, and ways that pedestrians and drivers can better protect themselves on the road.

According to the report, almost 9,000 pedestrians were killed and hundreds of thousands were injured in Canada in road collisions between 1989 and 2009 – slightly more than 300 pedestrians per year. Transport Canada conducted an analysis of pedestrian collisions and revealed that 60% of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were trying to cross the road. The total number of pedestrians killed on Canada’s roadways each year are declining; however, deaths amongst pedestrians remain stagnant.

Why are pedestrians more likely to be killed or injured in collisions? 

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Passionate about walking? Join the walking movement.

There are many health benefits to walking. Walking can benefit people living with dementia, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and depression. The infographic below by Every Body Walk! shows a summary of the health benefits of walking. Join the walking movement!

Infographic showing the benefits of walking

How can I join the walking movement?

For those of you who want to do something locally, you can join the walking movement in several ways:

> Sign up for a running or walking event in your neighbourhood. RunGuides provides a list of running events and clubs in cities across North America. Most of the running events have a walking option.

> Start your own walking club with friends.

> Commit to walking goals such as walking to complete chores, getting around on the weekends by only walking, or walking to and from work.

> Go to a walking clinic to learn the proper way to walk.

> Achieve your personal best by using a walking app, such as the Walk10Blocks app, or other activity trackers to monitor your walking activities.

Can you think of other ways to join the walking movement? Please share with us via the comments below or on our Facebook page.

The 2017 National Walking Summit

To celebrate the walking movement, America Walks is hosting the 2017 National Walking Summit. The summit will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota this fall and is open for registration. Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability will be the theme of the summit.

Highlights at the summit include:

> Break-out sessions with experts from the field to share best practices and new resources

> Learning-from-place mobile workshops where attendees can explore the walkability of St. Paul, Minnesota

> Intensive skill-based trainings to equip attendees to create change in their own communities

> Featured speakers that will unite and inspire walking champions from across the US

The National Walking Summit is an opportunity for community, advocates, nonprofit representatives, government officials, developers, and transit, health, and planning professionals to share best practices and stories, increase the visibility of key issue, build support for the walking movement, and create momentum for the work ahead. The goal of the summit is to explore the growing power of the walking movement, bridge communities and learn about existing disparities that challenge us.

To register or learn more about the event, please click here. A limited number of registration scholarships are available.

 

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If you are not satisfied with how this study is being conducted, if you have questions about your rights as a research participant or if you have questions, concerns, input, or complaints about the research, please contact Arthritis Research Canada to speak to a Knowledge User:

Arthritis Research Canada

5591 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC  V6X2C7

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E-mail: lli@arthritisresearch.ca

The Walk10Blocks app was developed in a partnership between Improving Cognitive and Joint Health Network, The University of British Columbia, Arthritis Consumer ExpertsArthritis Research CanadaAlzheimers Society of BC, and the Canadian Association of Retired Persons.

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