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City of Weyburn and SHA partner to improve health of residents

A new $7,500 recumbent trainer has been bought with grants and is at Credit Union Spark Centre as part of the agreement

WEYBURN – A five-year agreement was signed between the City of Weyburn and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), outlining the details of a rehabilitation program at the Credit Union Spark Centre.

The partnership sees the City help facilitate the SHA’s Chronic Disease Management – Quality Improvement Program. A program where patients with chronic disease can exercise with their healthcare team by their side is the first of its kind for the Weyburn community.

“Saskatchewan Health Authority is dedicated to providing team-based primary care through our health networks to improve the health of Saskatchewan people. We’re grateful to collaborate with the City of Weyburn to deliver this work,” said Trevor Tessier, director of Primary Health Care for Weyburn Primary Health Services.

The program’s mission is to improve the health and well-being, every day, for everyone. The program is hosted on a weekly basis for participants of the SHA’s program.

The preregistered clients are elderly patients or have chronic conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or obesity.

The agreement with the City allows these participants to use the Credit Union Spark Centre for a safe space where they can exercise with their healthcare team encouraging them by their side.

“This new partnership is exciting for the City of Weyburn,” said Andrew Crowe, director of Leisure Services. “Providing a space to improve the health and wellbeing of the community is a priority for the Leisure Services department. The Credit Union Spark Centre is a wonderful asset to the community, and this partnership is another example of how the new facility will benefit the various demographics within our community and surrounding area.”

Through this collaboration, a $7,500 recumbent fitness trainer was purchased. Funding was provided in part by the Weyburn Credit Union Community Fund ($5,000) and the Grow Your Community Grant from the South East Sport, Culture and Recreation District ($1,000).

The NuStep T4r Recumbent Fitness Trainer is available for anyone in the public to use and is located on the second floor of the Credit Union Spark Centre. The City is responsible for maintenance of this equipment.

Facilitators of the chronic disease management program can utilize the centre’s multi-purpose room and First Aid room for education and training. They also have access to the centre’s mini gym and exercise track.