Dr. Heather McKay’s research evaluates the positive role of physical activity on child, youth and older adult health (with a focus on bone health) across settings – schools, community and the built environment. She has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Hip Health & Mobility, an internationally renowned research centre that addresses enhancing mobility and health across the life course. She is well known for convening highly effective teams to “move research into action” (knowledge mobilization) and for performing research that has immediate impact. This is illustrated by her lead role in the development and implementation of a whole school physical activity and healthy eating model (Action Schools! BC) that engages almost half a million children in British Columbia. She also leads an interdisciplinary team that engages local government to assess whether positive changes to the built environment enhance the mobility and health of children and older adults (Active Streets. Active People). Professor McKay’s contributions have been acknowledged through a Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a BC Woman of Distinction Award for Health & Active Living.
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Family Practice, UBC