What is Prescription To Get Active?
Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) is an exciting integrated partnership between family doctors, other health care providers and recreation organizations to offer an actual prescription for physical activity. In 2011, this health promotion initiative was launched to encourage physical activity in sedentary Canadians with the ambitious aim of improving overall health and quality of life and reducing the risk of chronic disease and premature death.
Due to the rapid growth of the program throughout Alberta, and interest from other provinces across Canada, in 2015 RxTGA became a federal not-for-profit corporation with a board of directors in place to oversee the growth and management of the program.
Originally inspired by the Green Prescription program from New Zealand, RxTGA applies the lessons learned about the power of a written prescription to encourage increased physical activity in those patients of all ages who are not reaching Canada’s physical activity guidelines. Our goal is to serve as a platform to create, improve, integrate and share data to improve patients’ experiences and health through physical activity.
Since inception, the program has helped hundreds of patients to get started with physical activity and, more importantly, sustain their activity to become healthier individuals.
We will continue to scale the current initiative with our vision to expand and support our program throughout the rest of Canada.
How to access a Prescription To Get Active
To receive a Prescription To Get Active, talk to your family doctor or primary care health care team member. They will assess your health needs.
In addition to utilizing partner recreation facilities, the Prescription To Get Active program encourages participants to engage in activity such as using community trails for walking, running and biking, public tennis courts, boating clubs, outdoor fitness parks, local ski hills, cross country skiing trails, mall walking and at-home programs as ways to get active. See our links under Get Active tab for ideas on how to participate.
With each “Prescription To Get Active”, family physicians and thier health professionals are able to prescribe the amount of activity you need to help improve your health and prevent disease. The participating facilities are supporting you by providing certain services when you bring a prescription to them. It might be a tour, some free access passes or a free month of access to their facility. Please click the Participating Facilities tab and click the List View button to see what each participating facility is offering.
There is no time limit for when you choose to use your prescription. However, when you do use it for the first time, the facility will keep the prescription in exchange for the services they provide. The prescription cannot be used more than once, one prescription per person.
The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network, City of Leduc and the Leduc Recreation Centre launched the Prescription To Get Active initiative in October, 2011. For more information, please visit the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network website.