Why is Research Important?
Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) is a leading type of birth defect – and an increasing number of these children are living into adulthood as a result of advances in surgical interventions. However, children with CHD are predisposed to developing modifiable risk factors later in life such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Cardiac rehabilitation programs for adults are well established non-pharmacological treatments for individuals with various cardiac conditions. Yet, there is little research to show the effectiveness and feasibility of a pediatric physical activity and mental wellness program.
The research team of the Mending Little Hearts Fund is made up of doctors and researchers from the College of Kinesiology, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina. The research team contributes to and helps facilitate programming at CHAMPS Camp, in addition to numerous research initiatives outside of camp involving children, youth, and adults with CHD.
The Goals of CHAMPS Research
Determine if we can change important health measures (exercise capacity, body composition, blood vessel health, psychological health, nutritional habits, etc.).
Answer the question “Is it feasible to deliver regular year-round congenital heart disease management programming for children and their families?”
Increase the impact of health benefits that CHAMPS can offer for children and adolescents with CHD.
Participate in a Study
Join our study looking at the effects of a cardiac rehab program for children with Congenital Heart Disease!
We are inviting children with Congenital Heart Disease to participate in our current research study, looking at the effects of a 6-month physical activity and health behaviour program intervention.
- 7-17 years of age
- Clinical diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease
Participation will include:
- 2 research testing sessions measuring body composition, bone health, heart health, and mental wellness (all non-invasive)
- **6-month physical activity & mental wellness program designed specifically for children with CHD
**We are also recruiting participants to complete the research testing sessions ONLY. Please contact us for more information.
Your safety is our top priority. Our research facility has implemented standardized cleaning procedures and vaccination requirements for all personnel (2 doses). Research personnel will complete a Rapid COVID-19 test 1 hour prior to your testing appointment as an additional measure. Rapid tests will also be available for families if they wish to receive one.
Interested in participating? Contact us for more information!
Research: Our next CHAMPS Study
CHAMPS 6 Month Exercise & Mental Wellness Study The Mending Little Hearts Team was thrilled to be awarded funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) & the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) for our next CHAMPS study....
The Origin of CHAMPS
The Origins of CHAMPS - Supporting Children With CHD Children’s Healthy-Heart Activity Monitoring Program in Saskatchewan (or CHAMPS) began as a vision from heart mom Lynne Telfer RN, who saw a need for more support for children with congenital or acquired heart...
CHAMPS 12 – week home based exercise training pilot study
2018 - CHAMPS 12-week home based exercise training pilot study In 2018, the second large scale research project was launched involving CHAMPS camp. Researchers were interested in how a more frequent chronic disease management program for children with congenital heart...
Research in Print
Health anxiety and associated constructs in school-age children and adolescents with congenital heart disease and their parents- A CHAMPS cohort study
A cardiovascular disease risk factor in children with congenital heart disease: unmasking elevated waist circumference – a CHAMPS* study
Health anxiety and associated constructs in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease: A CHAMPS cohort study
Physical activity modulates arterial stiffness in children with congenital heart disease: A CHAMPS cohort study
Effects of 12-Week Home-based Resistance Training on Peripheral Muscle Oxygenation in Children With Congenital Heart Disease: A CHAMPS Study