EDMONTON, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Oliver Primary Care Network has introduced Alberta's only no-cost fitness program that allows people to exercise side-by-side with a family physician and an exercise specialist.
MOVE is a free fitness program with sessions held every Wednesday, year round, at Hawrelak Park. The program is customized each week, depending on the fitness level of those attending. The walk component includes hills, trails and stairs and is followed by strength and stretching exercises.
"People don't need a gym or specialized equipment to be active and healthy," said Dr. Doug Klein, family physician. "In addition to the physical activity, this program helps participants get outside to enjoy sunshine and fresh air, and they get the chance to connect with people who have similar goals."
The program is targeted for adults at beginner and intermediate fitness levels. The only equipment needed is running shoes, a water bottle and weather-appropriate clothing. The weekly sessions are supported by online step-by-step descriptions of stretches and exercises that build strength and flexibility in different muscle groups.
"People are surprised at what they can do and we're able to celebrate their progress," said Dr. Klein. "With the exception of dangerously cold days, we are out there every week helping people improve their fitness in a safe manner."
About the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network
The Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network serves over 130,000 patients in 18 Edmonton clinics. The network's family physicians and clinic staff work with a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals to provide coordinated care for patients and support healthy lifestyle choices.
SOURCE: Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network
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