Mobility Research that Matters

Mobility Research that Matters

CHHM’s vision is to enhance hip health and mobility of Canadians across the lifespan through innovative research. Through research, our mission is to prevent, detect and treat bone and joint problems and to translate research outcomes into effective programs, policy or practice.

The CHHM mandate is to focus on health and mobility for all Canadians across the lifespan.

Knowledge to Action: impact for children and youth

In BC, 30% of children are overweight or obese and 50% are not physically active enough to reap health benefits. This problem reaches across Canada. According to Statistics Canada, less than 7% of Canadian children and youth get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity six days a week.

To answer this trend, Dr. Heather McKay led a pilot study that would become Action Schools! BC. This program is a physical activity and healthy eating intervention for schools. Dr. McKay's results showed that on average, children's cardiovascular health improved by more than 20% one year after the project's launch. The program had the evidence it needed to scale up.

This model is now funded by the BC government and operates in every BC school district. According to a review of physical activity programs for children, Action Schools! BC continues to be a success because it includes government leadership, training of educators, provides school resources, and give clear expectations for participating schools.

Excerpted from CIHR's "Show me the Evidence" Vol. 1, Iss. 4.

Knowledge to Action: impact for Canada's aging population

Approximately 4,000 hip fractures occur in BC each year leading to 1,000 deaths (20% of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within one year). In British Columbia over 2,400 hip replacement surgeries were performed in osteoarthritis (OA) a painful disease that affects 1 in 10 Canadian adults and 85% of Canadians over 75 years of age. The incidence of OA in British Columbia is predicted to increase by 124% by the year 2031.

As the burden of bone and joint disease is projected increase with the demographic changes in society, it means that innovative treatment methods are crucial. The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) represents a collaboration of scientists and clinicians from across disciplines.

Our work is rethinking fracture care, looking at how different physical activites might impact hip pain, investigating surgical joint replacement and implant solutions, and looking at innovative ways to prevent injury in the first place.