Queens Fit Pro is an incentive program that started in the old Queens Fitness Centre that encourages inactive people to start regular exercise.
The program provides physicians with vouchers to the gym to hand out to their patients who may benefit from exercise. Queens Place, will be offering the program again due to the previous success of the program and the success of similar programs across the province.
“We’ve tweaked it a bit to offer it at Queens Place” says Neil Raymond, manager of Queens Place Emera Centre.
Queens Fit Pro will give three vouchers to each physician in Queens to give to patients. Only patients who have not been a Queens Place member within the past 12 months are eligible for voucher. The voucher covers half the cost of a three-month membership to Queens Place. Participants must provide $65.00 for the other half of the membership.
This three-month membership also includes instruction sessions with fitness staff where the participants will learn the basics of stretching, cardiovascular and strength development exercises.
The participants will be monitored throughout the program and will have several scheduled appointments to track their progress. The membership includes access to both the walking track and the fitness centre.
“We hope we can retain those members as long term members and they choose fitness as a life choice moving forward,” says Raymond.
The program will be funded by the Queens Community Health Board, the Doctors of Queens County, the Region of Queens Municipality and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. The sale of former Queens Fitness Centre equipment was also used to help fund Queens Fit Pro.