Active living reduces the risk of colds, prevents
dementia and aids in managing depression,
cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Waymouth agrees. “My main goal is to strengthen
my core and my body to help my back get better.”
Facilities partner for healthier
Waymouth is one of more than 250 people who
have filled their prescriptions this year at partner
facilities in Calgary and area. In Airdrie, Genesis
Place is one of those partners.
“This facility was built for people to become
more active,” facility manager Greg Lockert says.
“The program is an opportunity for people who
are not active to get into the facility, become more
active and make healthy lifestyle changes.” He
adds that the program’s values mesh well with the
facility’s focus to create a healthier community.
a rewarding journey
Waymouth says the first week of the program was
difficult but she forced herself to keep at it. “Then
I noticed that my back wasn’t as stiff and that I
could stand on my feet longer. I was feeling better
and that kept me going.”
After going to a variety of classes at a nearby rec
centre for several months, Waymouth has moved
her activities outside for summer. During weekend
camping trips, she finds campsites near water so
she can paddle board and near trails so she can
hike. Once camping season is over, she’ll resume
classes in the rec centre.
Being active is part of her life now. “I’ve met
amazing people and my relationships are better
because my mood is better,” Waymouth says.
She also has more energy and her back pain
Patients of PCN family doctors in the Calgary area
who need to become more active and can exercise
without supervision or medical restrictions.
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Visit prescriptiontogetactive.com to learn more
about the program and participating facilities.
Lyndsay Waymouth has become an inspiration to family and friends.
“I feel better about myself.
It would never have happened without my Prescription to Get active.”
We need to make active living
part of everyday living