New App Helps you Walk 10 Blocks for Improved Physical and Cognitive Health

 Do you need help meeting the basic daily exercise requirement? If you do, then Walk10Blocks is the app for you!

We all know walking is good for your health. Research shows that even walking 10 city blocks a day, equivalent to about 2,000 – 3,000 steps or 1 km, can help delay dementia and may help improve cardiovascular and joint health over time.

Arthritis Consumer Experts has partnered with Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) and Alzheimer’s Society of BC to develop an easy-to-use iPhone app to help people become more physically active through walking called “Walk10Blocks.”

This innovative project is supported by ICON (Improving Cognitive & Joint Health Network), a 3-year knowledge translation network research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

To learn more about the project, please click here.

  • Walking a minimum of about 10 city blocks (about 1 km or 0.6 miles) each day could reduce the risk of dementia, and potentially improve cardiovascular and joint health in the long term
  • People who are sedentary are at greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia
  • The Walk10Blocks app is on the Apple ResearchKit platform, designed to motivate and support people to stand up and take a walk

To start walking, all you need is an iPhone 5s or 6 and five minutes of your time every other day to answer brief survey questions about your experience using the app.

To download the “Walk10Blocks” app, please click here.