Prescription to Get Active
The Edmonton and area Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have partnered with local municipal recreation facilities in a unique venture where local family physicians and their health care teams prescribe physical activity to patients who would benefit from increased activity.
Edmonton and area PCN family physicians are now prescribing physical activity to assist patients with reducing their risks through the Prescription To Get Active program. The target population is anyone who needs to be more active and who can exercise without specific supervision or medical restrictions. This includes children, youth, adults and seniors. We have encouraged all patients to contact the facility directly for more information surrounding guidelines for specific age groups.
Basic Physical Activity Guidelines:
Just 150 minutes of activity a week for adults can reduce these risks and improve your health regardless of weight loss. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines provide advice on the required amount of activity is recommended for health benefits. Please see the links for each age group:
Physical Activity Guidelines 0-4 years old
Physical Activity Guidelines 5-11 years old
Physical Activity Guidelines 12-17 years old
Physical Activity Guidelines 18-64 years old
Physicial Activity Guidelines 65 years and older
Those who are active live longer, healthy lives. The benefits of regular physical activity include:
- better mental health
- better sleep
- more energy
- relief in symptoms from health conditions
- healthier weight
- build and keep strong muscles
- better able to resist illness
- reduced risk of falls
- longer life
People who are inactive have a higher chance of developing these health concerns:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- some cancers
- kidney problems
- osteoporosis (brittle bones)
What County facilities are taking part in this initiative and what services will be provided to the participant:
Ardrossan Recreation Complex (ARC), Millennium Place (MP) and Glen Allan Recreation Complex (GARC) are participating. Prescription to Get Active participants will receive a free single visit for the day of, as well as both a facility and wellness area(s) specific tour and orientation and demonstrations on the fitness equipment to get them started. Our educated and qualified professionals are glad to answer any questions you may have about getting started being active and will work with you discover how to be successful in your activity goals.
Where do you go with your prescription?
PTGA participants can go to any of our participating facilities and ask to speak to the facility representative in that building to get them started, or they can call the facility representatives directly before coming in to arrange a specific time for their initial visit.
Ardrossan Recreation Complex – Alexa Hassen – 780-400-2076
Millennium Place – Leah Wirun – 780-464-8245