Workplace Wellness takes shape

Richard Froese
South Peace News
Organizers of the first Workplace Wellness Month in October are eager to build on it next year.

The High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board and Alberta Health Services health promotions partnered to host several events to raise the level of physical fitness.

“From a recreation standpoint, I feel like the activities were well received, especially our Pound fitness classes,” says Gayla Arams, recreation board programming co-ordinator.

Each of the two sessions averaged 18-23 people. Sessions were after work and during lunch hour.

“We are excited to try our new ideas next year,” Arams says.

“It is our hope to increase usage of local facilities and recreation programs and increase wellness in the community and promote health and wellness,” AHS public health promotions facilitator Colette Elko and Arams state in a letter.

They appreciated the support from the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County. Both declared October as Workplace Wellness Month.

Other activities included shinny at the Sports Palace, public skating at Gordon Buchanan Centre, and Aqua Z and deep water fitness at the High Prairie and District Aquatic Centre.

Noon hour workshops were also offered to cover issues such as nutrition with a dietician, diabetes and high blood pressure [chronic disease], mood and physical activity [mental health], and fitness for work [addictions].

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