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 new initiatives and collaborations with multi-sector and community partners we're able to collectively make a difference in supporting active and healthy lifestyles.
What is Active Adults?
Active Adults is a free program for adults. It offers free 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.
Monday - Friday, 1:30pm-4:00pm. Join us at Max Bell Arena to walking around the track and weekly exercise classes that includes strengthening, balance & stretching.
How to get involved
This program is open to all participants, simply come Monday - Friday afternoons and visit our Welcome Desk upstairs on the Arena 1 walking track to get started. Find out more on the Active Adults website.
Active Adults is offered in partnership with Mosaic Primary Care Network.
Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program
Funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions - Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity (AIHS - CPRO), this 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.
How do I register?
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 email@example.com.
Once your screening is complete, you may contact our Registration Centre at 403-268-3800 to register for the program.
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! Learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices for your entire family - check out MEND!
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
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.
More information and registration
If you are interested in learning more about the 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
What is a 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 The City of Calgary Recreation to offer prescriptions for physical activity.
Recreation drop-in pass prescriptions
The City of Calgary Recreation 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.
Please note this program is not available to existing pass holders.
How to get a Prescription to Get Active
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