Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible for the Prescription To Get Active Program?
The target population is anyone who needs to be more active and who can exercise without specific supervision or medical restrictions. This includes children, youth, adults and older adults - 65 years and older. We have encouraged all patients to contact the facility directly for more information surrounding guidelines for specific age groups. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines provide advice on the required amount of activity is recommended for health benefits. Please see the links for each age group:
Does the prescription expire?
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 and you may only receive one prescription.
Can more than one person or a family share the same prescription?
No, your prescription is meant just for you and your needs. If other family members want to get more active through this program, they need to visit their family doctor.
Which facilities/organizations are taking part in the program?
Our list of participating organizations and facilities is growing by the week. We now have more than 100 distinct recreation locations for participants to choose from. All of the participating recreation facilities will offer a tour and orientation of their facility. Some may offer additional access passes and or discounts. For specific details, please click the Participating Facilities tab above, then click "List View" or click here.
Why don’t all recreation and wellness centres have the same offer?
Each recreation and wellness centre is an independent business. Each makes their own choice as to what they can offer, based on available resources and their business model.
I live in Alberta and I don’t have a family doctor. How can I get a Prescription To Get Active?
In Alberta, the PCNs in the Edmonton Zone have created a website that lists all of the PCN family doctors in the Edmonton area who are taking new patients. The list is constantly updating and currently over 180 family doctors who are part of a PCN are accepting patients. To find one, visit www.edmontonareadocs.ca. Each PCN also has a website and lists its own doctors. Please visit, www.prescriptiontogetactive.com/what-is-a-pcn/, to find out which PCN is involved in this program or see the list above.
If you are in the Calgary area, please visit https://www.needadoctorcalgaryandarea.ca/.
I live in Alberta and my family doctor is not part of a PCN or is a member of a PCN that is not taking part in this program. What do I do?
The best approach to health is for a person to have an on-going relationship with the same family doctor. Therefore, for patients who have a family doctor they are happy with, the best approach would be to encourage them to join a PCN (if they are not already a member). If they are PCN members, ask why they are not taking part in this program. They may be able to offer other options to support you and your care.