Research Delivers Innovation
The Reh-Fit Centre began as a result of a few bold doctors who thought that exercise might be good for their patients. These weren’t ordinary patients, they had just had heart surgery. At the time, the standard care after heart surgery was several weeks in hospital followed by ‘taking it easy’ at home. It turns out that those bold doctors were right. Exercise is good for all of us even if we have diabetes, arthritis, weight management issues, or heart disease. Over forty years later, we are all living: ‘Exercise is Medicine’.
The Reh-Fit supports research to continually improve the effectiveness of our health and fitness programs in building community health. Findings can also lead to advances in the scientific knowledge base of disease prevention and rehabilitation. As Reh-Fit grew to the 86,000 square foot facility which serves over 4,500 members and 10,000 non-members annually, innovation became embedded in the Centre’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.
Innovation does not happen by doing what everybody else does. It is the application of new solutions to meet changing needs. There are few fields where needs are changing more quickly than they are in disease prevention and management. As a result, creative and effective solutions are always being sought. This is why the Reh-Fit Centre is developing its capacity to conduct and host scientifically sound research studies.
The Reh-Fit Centre hosts and collaborates on a variety of research studies. Applications are reviewed to ensure that the studies are consistent with the Centre’s mission and vision. Applications are also evaluated for Ethics approval, PHIA compliance, adequate funding, and equipment and staff requirements.
There are five primary goals of research at the Reh-Fit Centre:
- Evaluation of existing programs and the prospective outcomes of new programs.
- Preparation and scientific examination of data on Reh-Fit Centre members.
- Establishment of effective liaisons with appropriate University faculties.
- Enhancement of the Centre’s integrity/credibility in lifestyle and cardiovascular disease management within the medical/government communities.
- Advance the scientific knowledge base on prevention and rehabilitation.
The Reh-Fit Centre provides, where feasible and ethically acceptable, the opportunity to host research to ensure the maintenance and ongoing development of high standards of operations and care at the Centre.
Proposals are accepted for review from a variety of sources, including:
- Faculties of recognized universities
- Multi-centered organizations
A New Way to Approach Research
At Reh-Fit, we provide the opportunity to move research from the lab to the community. Reh-Fit is a unique research setting as it is community-based and provides access to participants and programming for a wide range of health and fitness levels. The Centre has the facility, programs, and staff to collaborate on and conduct research studies related to most health and fitness dimensions.