Calgary area doctors offer patients Prescription to Get Active

CALGARY, April 28, 2015 /CNW/ - Family doctors in the Calgary area are able to give their patients prescriptions to "get active" as part of an innovative program that was launched by local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) earlier today.

The award-winning Prescription to Get Active initiative was unveiled at Southland Leisure Centre by seven local PCNs, which represent more than 1,300 doctors and about 1.1 million patients in Calgary and the surrounding communities.

Thanks to a unique partnership between the PCNs and municipal recreation facilities in Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane and Didsbury, doctors are able to give patients free passes to take part in whatever form of exercise suits them best. Research shows that 30 minutes of physical activity per day for adults, and 60 minutes for children, can reduce health risks. 

Prescription to Get Active is aimed at anyone who needs to be more active and can exercise without specific supervision or medical restrictions. This includes children, youth, adults and those aged 65 and older. It is open to all patients of PCN family doctors in the Calgary area.

Photos of the Prescription to Get Active Calgary and area launch can be accessed through the link at:

Primary Care Network services and programs are developed in partnership with family doctors. They are designed to meet the everyday health needs of patients. Research shows that patients who have a family doctor and visit them regularly are healthier as they age and live longer. Nearly 1,300 doctors are members of the seven PCNs that serve about 1.1 million patients in the Calgary area. To find out more about PCNs and the Prescription to Get Active program, visit

SOURCE Calgary and Area Primary Care Networks

Image with caption: "Prescription to Get Active Launch, Dr. Mark Sosnowski, Primary Care Family Physician, and patient (CNW Group/Calgary and Area Primary Care Networks)". Image available at:

For further information: Cory Leyte, Communications Specialist, Highland Primary Care Network, Phone: (403) 968-4024, Email:

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