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Date: February 24, 2010

Bone Up On Bone Health At Exhibit And Public Lecture

Strong bones aren’t just a priority for an aging population. Good bone health can also prevent injuries and chronic health problems across the life span. Members of the community are invited to learn more about keeping their all-important bones healthy at two public events at the University of Victoria on March 3.

Learn about how UVic researchers are adding to our knowledge about physical activity, a key contributor to bone health, when the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility mobile research laboratory makes its first-ever visit to the campus from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. This laboratory on wheels, affiliated with UBC’s School of Medicine and Vancouver General Hospital, enables researchers from universities in British Columbia to take their expertise into BC’s communities.

The mobile centre has facilities for blood tests, gait analysis, x-rays and bone density tests. It also serves as a classroom on wheels. It will be parked by UVic’s Campus Security Building, near the UVic Bookstore.

“The mobile lab provides a venue to teach community members about building bone density through activity and healthy diets,” says Patti Jean Naylor, faculty member with UVic’s School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE), whose research includes assessing the effectiveness of BC’s school-based physical activity and healthy living programs. “It’s a very valuable resource that lets us bring our expertise to more remote communities.”

Naylor will be in attendance at the mobile lab open house along with fellow faculty member Ryan Rhodes who is tracking the impact of fractures among youth and the factors contributing to those fractures. Joining them will be UBC’s Heather McKay who studies how physical activity and other lifestyle choices optimize bone health during childhood and later life. McKay will expand on her research during the free public Lansdowne lecture “Waging War on Physical In-Activity: The Key to Bone Health Across the Life Span,” on March 3 at 7p.m. at McKinnon Complex, room 150.

Media contacts:

(Members of the media are invited to attend the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility open house where Patti Jean Naylor, Ryan Rhodes and Heather McKay will be available to discuss their research.)
Patti Jean Naylor (EPHE) at (cell) 250-888-1362 or pjnaylor@uvic.ca
Ryan Rhodes (EPHE) at 250-721-8384 or rhodes@uvic.ca
Crystal Bergeron (Education Communications) at 250-721-7878 or cbergero@uvic.ca

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