How does the program work?
For Physicians or Prescribers:
Step #1: Partnered family doctors and other health care providers first identify patients who are:
- Sedentary (below 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity/week for adults or below 60 minutess/day for children)
- Able to participate in unsupervised physical activity without medical clearance.
- Low risk (medically stable) and are free of complex chronic diseases. Note: While the focus is on primary prevention and health promotion, we do not exclude those with chronic conditions from participating in this program. All patients who can be physically active without medical supervision are encouraged to participate.
Step #2: Once patients are provided with a Prescription To Get Active, they are encouraged to record their prescription on the website. Patients will receive additional physical activity resources such as a 6 week getting started activity guide, at home and community based activity programs for improving aerobic capacity, strength, and flexibility.
Our goal is to provide opportunities for patients to be active in whichever modality they choose (walk outdoors, try a home program, join a local walking group or a rec facility etc.).
This unique prescription also provides patients with the opportunity to use a member recreation facility for complimentary access.
To help choose the physical activity that suits you best, more than 100 local recreation and wellness facilities have joined with primary care organizations. These member facilities pride themselves on creating a supportive environment and will provide patients with an orientation of the facility and equipment, as needed.
The services offered by these organizations vary, see the Participating Facilities page, for specific offers.