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

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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

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.

 

What kind of flexible work arrangements would help workers with arthritis and why?

The latest issue of JointHealth™ insight explored arthritis in the workplace. The infographic below outlines what kind of flexible work arrangements would help workers with arthritis and why. infographic on work accommodations

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Besides providing the work accommodations above, employers can also foster a healthy lifestyle at work, including:

1)Signing up employees for a sports team, such as softball, basketball, or water polo.

2)Investing in sit-stand desks for the office, allowing employees to alternate between standing and sitting, which helps to prevent back and joint pain.

3)Having a multipurpose space at work for employees to participate in stretching, yoga, and walking exercises.

4)Giving an exercise stipend to employees to participate in physical activities outside of work.

Frequent, brisk walks are beneficial for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s

Picture of person walking-feet onlyAccording to a recent study of physical activity as an experimental treatment for dementia, frequent, brisk walks are beneficial for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease because walking bolsters physical abilities and slow memory loss.

The study aimed to investigate how and why exercise helps some people with dementia, but not others. There are 1.1 million Canadians who are directly or indirectly affected by dementia. Globally, the disease affects more than 35 million people, a number that is expected to double within 20 years. There are currently no reliable treatments for the disease.

Past studies which focused on how exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease have shown the following:

  • There is a strong correlation between regular exercise and improved memories in healthy elderly people.
  • Physical active older people are less likely than those who are sedentary to develop mild cognitive impairment (a common precursor to Alzheimer’s disease).
  • When compared to sedentary people of the same age, physically fit older people have more volume in their brain’s hippocampus, the portion of the brain most intimately linked to memory function.

For the current study, researchers from the University of Kansas decided to work with people who had been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Because the disease can affect coordination as it progresses, the study initially looked at men and women with early stage Alzheimer. Study participants had to be living at home and be able to safely walk by themselves or perform other types of light exercise.

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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:

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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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