© Austin M. Davis
Dot Hicks (middle) walks the Cardiaction Exercise Program participants through a warm-up routine on the second floor of Yara Centre on Friday morning.
For 19 years, the Cardiaction Exercise Program has been making a healthy difference in people’s lives.
“Cardiaction is a medically supervised for individuals who are recovering from a cardiac event such as a heart attack, heart surgery or diagnosis of angina and it’s part of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program of Five Hills Health Region (FHHR),” said Kathy Filipowich, director of primary health care teams.
Now the program has a new home.
“Prior to this move, it was held at Timothy Eatons,” Filipowich said. “We enjoyed many years of support from the Moose Jaw and District Seniors Association.”
Effective Feb. 7, Cardiaction has been held at YaraCentre.
“There are different components to the Cardiaction program. The facility at YaraCentre allows us to do what we currently have been doing, plus expanding even a little bit more with the space there. We’re going to be experimenting and testing out a few new different ideas that we have,” Filipowich said.
The program is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8–10 a.m. The Patient Education Centre’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program also provides individual counseling appointments in addition to a six week Heart to Heart education class series at Union Hospital and five rural community sites via Telehealth.
Though the Cardiaction Exercise Program usually has around 25 to 30 people every morning, each person works on a personalized exercise program developed to fit their specific needs. Health care professionals are on site to ensure all participants are monitored and the implementation of the program is executed in a safe manner.
There are also trained volunteers who participate in the exercises and are assigned to watch individuals while working out.
The feedback that FHHR and Filipowich have received convince her that the program is important to Moose Jaw.
“One individual said ‘I’m more aware of what I can do and what I can’t do.’ Another individual shared with us that, ‘Now I have more energy and I’m not afraid to do more,’” Filipowich said.
“Sometimes after experiencing a cardiac event or being at risk for one, the fear of having another one can be quite significant.”