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Dr McKay is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Orthopaedics and Family Practice, and Interim Director for the Centre for Hip Health at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. She is co‐author of two books entitled Physical activity and bone health and Strong bones and muscles published by Human Kinetics Publishers. During her 8 years at UBC, she has published over 80 articles in scientific journals on the role of exercise and other lifestyle factors for child and older adult health.
Dr McKay was a principle investigator on the development and evaluation of the recently initiated Action Schools! BC, a multidisciplinary, multisectorial programme of physical activity and healthy eating in elementary schools This model is a broad‐based provincial initiative supported by three government ministries that promotes a shift in elementary school culture towards increased physical activity. AS! BC targets cardiovascular health, bone health, obesity, psychosocial health and academic performance outcomes. Dr McKay is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar and a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Career Scholar. Her research has been recognised through invitations to deliver keynote addresses around the globe.