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Health Partnerships

Active Adults | Alberta Cancer Exercise Program | MEND | Prescription to Get Active

We want more Calgarians, more active and creative, more often - but we can't do it single-handedly. Through a number of free and new initiatives and collaborations with multi-sector and community partners we're able to collectively make a difference in supporting active and healthy lifestyles.

Active Adults

Active Adults offers activity and exercise programs, with kinesiologists on site to provide assistance. Benefits of attending include reduced stress, a stronger heart and lungs, increased energy, weight management and meeting new people. Health checks with a nurse including blood pressure, height and weight are available throughout the week.

Get involved

This free program is open to all adults. Join us by coming to Max Bell Centre and visit our welcome desk on the walking track any weekday afternoon to get started. This program takes place Monday - Friday, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Participants walk around the track and complete weekly exercise classes that include strengthening, balance & stretching. View schedule.

Active Adults is offered in partnership with Mosaic Primary Care Network. Learn more on their website.

Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) program

The Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) program is part of a study evaluating the benefit of Alberta-based community exercise programs for cancer survivors. This free 12 week physical activity program is open to all cancer survivors within 3 years of diagnosis capable of low to moderate intensity exercise, over the age of 18 and can consent in English. This includes two 60 - minute classes each week, combining aerobic and strength training.

Get involved

Program participants must complete screening and registration through the Health & Wellness Lab at the University of Calgary prior to registering in the program. Please contact the Health & Wellness Lab at 403-210-8482 or email Once your screening is complete, you may contact our Registration Centre at 403-268-3800 to register for the program.

The ACE program is funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions - Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity (AIHS - CPRO).

MEND program for childhood obesity

MEND is a free program for families and children ages 2 to 13. It empowers children and families to become fitter, healthier and happier.

Mend Program 7 - 13
Mend Program 7 - 13

You will learn about:

  • Healthy eating and mealtime habits
  • How to read food labels
  • What serving sizes look like
  • Building self esteem
  • Active play
  • Positive parenting
  • Behaviour change strategies
  • Healthy growth

MEND 2 - 4

This is a healthy lifestyle program for children aged 2 to 4 years and their families. The program has 10 sessions spread over 10 weeks. Each session is 90 minutes long.

MEND 5 - 7

               M = Mind
               E = Exercise
               N = Nutrition
              D = Do it!

This is a healthy lifestyle program for children aged 5 to 7 years and their families who are at risk of, or are above a healthy weight. The program has 10 sessions spread over 10 weeks. Each session is 1 hour 45 minutes long.

MEND 7 - 13

This is a healthy lifestyle program for children aged 7 to 13 years and their families who are above a healthy weight. The program has 20 sessions that are spread over 10 weeks. Each session is 2 hours long.

Get involved

If you are interested in learning more about MEND or would like to register for a program, please contact 403-648-6573 for ages 2-4 years and 403-366-3994 for ages 5-7 and 7-13 years.

The MEND program is offered in partnership with Alberta Health Services.

Prescription to Get Active

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are now able to prescribe the amount of activity you need to help improve your health and prevent disease. Four PCNs in Calgary are partnering with us to offer prescriptions for physical activity.

Recreation drop-in pass prescriptions

We will give you a 10 time drop-in pass when you show your prescription, provided by a PCN doctor at our pools and leisure centres.

Your drop-in pass gets you:

  • drop-in fitness classes
  • use of any facility amenities during public times

The first time you use your prescription, the facility will keep the prescription in exchange for the services they provide. We can only accept one prescription per person. The prescription is non-transferable, and can only be used once.

Note: this program is not available to existing pass holders.

Get involved

Talk to your PCN family doctor or PCN health care team member about getting a Prescription To Get Active. They will assess your health needs.

Find out more at the Prescription to Get Active website.

Participating Primary Care Networks