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Source: Government of Prince Edward Island

A new online wellness program is encouraging Islanders with chronic disease to get active during the pandemic. 

The free online program allows Islanders to participate from the comfort of their own homes. Each group will have its own webinar-style offering and participants will take part in safe exercise activities prescription tailored to a specific disease.    

“Exercise is a key piece of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for those suffering from chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and COPD. Early intervention can even prevent disease progression and provide therapeutic support, in some cases even reversing disease. When a qualified professional prescribes exercise in efforts to manage chronic disease, the risks are very low and the benefits are very high.”  

– Health and Wellness Minister James Aylward

The initial six weekly sessions of the program will provide an introduction to exercise, with two transition sessions in the following two months to support participants as they move to being active independently. The program also helps participants learn more about medications, the effect of exercise on a disease and evidence-based best practices.

Katie Beck, of Beck Exercise Physiology, will run the program provincially. Katie is a clinical exercise physiologist with 14 years experience in the field of exercise science, which includes working with private clients and businesses, collaborative care systems, community groups, and academic institutions. She is certified to provide exercise prescription to people with chronic and complex medical conditions and has a subspecialty in exercise oncology. 

“The program is designed for beginners and it will be different from the way many people think about a traditional exercise program,” Beck said. “Participants will learn about the how-to and why of exercising with a chronic medical condition, experiment with how to best fit exercise into their lifestyle, and have some fun and social interaction at the same time. I am so pleased to be a part of this innovative offering right here on PEI.”

Media contact:
Samantha Hughes
Senior Communications Officer
Health and Wellness
(902) 368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca

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