With New Year's resolutions in full swing, Fort Saskatchewan residents are now able to get a prescription to the gym.
It's part of the Primary Care Network's Prescription to Get Active program, which runs across Canada to get people of all ages physically active.
"A prescription for physical activity is just as important to fight diseases as any other medication," said exercise specialist, Melanie Fuller. "Offering free recreation access, affords patients the opportunity to try types of recreation they may not have before."
The prescriptions are written out for those who get less than 60 minutes per day of physical fitness for children and youth and 150 minutes per week for adults and seniors. Patients must also be able to participate without medical clearence.
Patients can talk to their doctor about getting a prescription for a free gym pass from a participating fitness centre.
In the Fort, the Dow Centennial Centre, Good Life Fitness and Snap Fitness are participating in the program.
The program was launched in 2011 as an answer to the rising epidemic of chronic disease. It's aimed at improving the health of the community overall.