NOTE: Just Move will be running classes both in-person (Edson) and online starting September 12th, 2022.
The McLeod River Primary Care Network (MRPCN) offers Exercise Therapy to all patients who have an MRPCN family physician. An Exercise Therapist is a Healthcare professional who assesses, promotes, and prescribes physical activity to prevent and manage chronic health conditions.
The MRPCN’s group exercise class for individuals with chronic conditions is called Just Move. This is a safe and evidence-based program for individuals to learn the basics of exercise and how they can incorporate movement into their everyday life. Individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic condition (or are at risk of developing one) can participate in the 8-week program. Just Move includes two 45 min exercise classes* and one health education session per week. One of the main goals of the Just Move program is to guide and empower patients to move in ways that feel good in their own bodies and to carry that forward into activities of daily living, community exercise programs and recreation.
1:1 Appointments are focused on lifestyle counselling, exercise prescription and education. Patients will be scheduled for an initial consult including a fitness assessment in order to create a tailored plan.
Prior to being admitted to any exercise program, medical clearance will need to be established. For the Just Move group exercise program, a patient will need either a referral from a PCN physician or go through an over-the-phone screening questionnaire. A small number of patients may still need physician clearance after the over-the-phone screening. For Individualized (1:1) Exercise prescription, patients will need a referral from their PCN physician.
In addition to these programs, we also offer specific group programming for PCN patients who are pregnant (Pregnant and Powerful) or Cancer Survivors who are on or off treatment (Surviving to Thriving).
*Mondays are in-person at 9 am at the Edson Leisure Centre Hospitality Room, and Wednesdays are at 9 am online on Zoom.
Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, help manage an existing chronic condition, guide you in how to move and modify exercises in a way that feels good for your body and empower you to make lifestyle choices that support your health.
Contact your family doctor for a referral or call McLeod River Primary Care Network at (780) 723-2131 (Edson) or 780-779-0079 (Whitecourt) for more information or to register for this free program.