Monday August 15, 2011

Health News

Fit For Life

Steve Nash partnership with FHA gives pre-op patients free use of facilities

Released by RTD, FHA


raser Health residents who are scheduled for an operation can now work out for free at a gym and get fit for surgery, thanks to an innovative agreement between Fraser Health and the Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club.


As of July 1, surgical patients from Fraser Health are eligible for free access to a five-week pre-operative fitness program at one of the region’s 17 Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club locations to get stronger and to lose weight prior to surgery.

The intent of the program is to help pre-op patients improve their physical fitness so that they can return to normal activities as quickly as possible after their surgery.

"We are committed to helping British Columbians attain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This unique program illustrates the benefits of good overall health - helping individuals get back on their feet faster after surgery and providing long-term health improvements," said Minister of Health Michael de Jong in a news release.

"Fraser Health is proud to be teaming up with such a talented professional athlete. Our surgical patients will benefit from the improved outcomes that will result from this innovative partnership, helping us to achieve our mandate to deliver the best health care services possible for our region," said Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Nigel Murray.

Medical evidence shows that individuals who are physically fit have better surgical outcomes than those who are not. Benefits include shorter recovery times, shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and overall long-term health improvements.

"Exercise before surgery can help ensure that your body is as fit as possible so you can recover faster and resume your normal activities as quickly as possible. This initiative nicely complements recent Ministry of Health announcements regarding a stronger emphasis on health promotion," said Fraser Health program medical director for surgery Dr. Peter Blair.

Patients must be referred to the fitness program by their surgeon to ensure that their individual condition will benefit from the program. After the referral is made, a certified personal trainer discusses fitness levels and the best exercise options with the patient prior to their surgery. Fraser Health will not share any personal medical information with the trainer and participation is voluntary.

“We're excited to be a part of this innovative program and look forward to seeing the positive results for patients working with our team before and after surgery.  With 17 Clubs across BC’s lower mainland, our mission is to make fitness the best part of people’s day as we help them achieve a healthier lifestyle,” said Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club president and CEO Don Harbich.

The fitness program includes: five free weeks of preoperative access to Steve Nash Fitness World; one-hour session with a personal trainer for an initial assessment; one-hour session with a personal trainer for a follow-up assessment; a temporary membership card; and a record of client visits to the club.

This Fraser Health initiative is the first of its kind in British Columbia, and supports the Province’s emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles for all B.C. residents.

The initiative also meshes with Steve Nash’s vision to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle that is attainable by everyone. Nash is a Victoria, B.C. native and National Basketball Association all-star. In 2006, Time Magazine named the Victoria, B.C. native as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, citing his work both on and off the court.

Quick Facts:

·      All patients undergoing elective surgery in Fraser Health with a waiting period of at least six weeks are potential candidates for the program.

·      Fraser Health will evaluate the results of this program to assess the value of a long-term commitment to preoperative fitness training.

·      Fraser Health is committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.

·      In 2004, the Steve Nash Foundation was created to assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life. By increasing access to critical needs health and education resources at home and abroad, the Foundation works to ameliorate conditions for kids, families, and communities.


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