Bell Aliant Centre Introduces Fitness as a Prescription Program in Partnership With Healthcare Professionals

Dean Lund

Charlottetown, PE – The Bell Aliant Centre is providing a new tool for healthcare professionals to treat their patients through Fitness as a Prescription (Fitness Rx). This new fitness initiative has launched at The Bell Aliant Centre, formerly the CARI Complex, which will allow healthcare professionals to register as program affiliates granting them the ability to prescribe a two-week all-access trial membership to the Aquatics facility.


Al Stewart, Board Chairman for the Centre, states “the goal is to create an opportunity for individuals to try out our aquatics services as a means to a healthier lifestyle. The program’s goal is to encourage patients to begin a workout routine which could have long-term health benefits or used in a patients physical rehabilitation. We are proud to partner with our affiliates and be another resource for them, as they care for their patients.”


Fitness Rx program members will have access to the hot tub; lane swims, open swims and the 17 aqua fitness classes hosted each week, including the new Aqua Arthritis class.


Sue Fraser, General Manager for the Bell Aliant Centre, added “we have had a positive response to our Gold Club program, which allows residents over the age of 80 the opportunity to swim for free. So, it led us to consider how we could best partner with healthcare professionals in advancing physical rehab. The low impact nature of water-based exercises is an ideal fit for individuals looking to stay active despite mobility issues. Additionally, our aqua fitness classes are a great way for beginners to start an exercise routine.”


The Bell Aliant Centre has already partnered with numerous program affiliates including Charlottetown Physio, Sports Centre Physio, Hurricane Physio, Health PEI, Dr Vincent Adams, and Dr Mike Sider. If you would like to become a program affiliate or would like more information on the program, please contact Harrison Nicholson at 902-569-4055.

About the Bell Aliant Centre
The Bell Aliant Centre is Charlottetown and surrounding area’s most comprehensive recreation facility. Located on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island, and governed by a board represented by the City of Charlottetown, UPEI, and Town of Stratford. Complete with an Aquatics facility and home of MacLauchlan Arena.

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