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Strides to Better Health makes move to Lloydminster campus
Participants in the Strides to Better Health program now have access to a weight room, treadmills, stationary bikes and a gymnasium thanks to the program's recent move to Lakeland College's Lloydminster campus.

Strides is a free regional exercise and health education program funded by Prairie North Health Region that provides people with the tools they need to manage their own chronic conditions including, but not limited to, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and stroke.

“We have added a cardiac rehabilitation program to help people get back to their home lives with the assistance of supervised exercise three days a week as well as support with lifestyle changes and education classes. The pulmonary rehabilitation program allows people with COPD and other chronic respiratory conditions to improve their strength and endurance,” says Joan Kuziak, chronic disease management clinical nurse educator with Prairie North Health Region.

Cardio, strength, and balance exercises are important components of the program, which is why organizers are pleased to have access to the recreation facilities at the Lloydminster campus. “The program was previously based in the Civic Centre banquet room, a great starting point, but the college will provide the space and equipment we need for this evolving program,” says Kuziak.

Offering the program at the Lloydminster campus has created new learning opportunities for Lakeland College students. Amanda Sidener, a first year practical nurse student, has volunteered at a few of the Strides sessions on campus. “I like working with the clients and learning about the proactive steps they can take to improve their health. It's been an enjoyable experience and it has confirmed for me that I'm definitely in the right field,” she says.

Typically about 20 participants attend the sessions which are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 pm. Every Thursday there is also a one hour education session on a relevant topic such as diet and nutrition, stress management, exercising safely, risk factors for heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and medication management.

Clients are referred to the Strides program by a variety of sources including self-referrals. They meet with Kuziak for a nursing assessment and Brendan Pikaluk, the exercise specialist, for an exercise prescription before starting the program. Pikaluk will also see clients individually to help them set up a home exercise program specific to their needs.

“We have a chronic disease team that includes a medical advisor, exercise specialist, physiotherapist, chronic disease nurse educator, diabetes and cardiac nurse educator, respiratory therapist, dietician, pharmacist and Prairie North volunteers,” says Kuziak. Participants are typically in the Strides program for about 12 weeks.

For more information on Strides, please contact Joan Kuziak at 306 820 6262 or email joan.kuziak@pnrha.ca.
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