March 22, 2001 Vol . 20, No. 6

Study promotes healthy lifestyle

By Julie Ovenell-Carter

Despite their generation's obsession with fat, fibre, and fitness, Canada's 9.2 million baby boomers aren't all that much healthier than their parents.

SFU gerontologist Andrew Wister and a team of B.C. researchers hopes to remedy that condition with a $2.5 million, five year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, under their Community Alliances for Health Research Program.

Medical practitioners and researchers from the Simon Fraser health region, the Capital health region, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, and Vancouver Hospital, will collaborate on the project, Best Practices of Coordinated Health Promotion and Health Services in Midlife, to promote and improve mid-life health.

Wister, the associate director of SFU's gerentology research centre, will serve as principal investigator of the SFU-Simon Fraser health region's Cardiovascular Health Best Practice Project, one of two community research projects.

Co-applicant Ellen Balka, a professor of communication at SFU will lend her expertise in the area of health information systems.

Wister says the $950,000 project is "an innovative intervention study. We intend to integrate the scientific knowledge gained from this multi-study project into our communities in order to build a healthy Canada today, and in the future."

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