Posted on October 31, 2008 by Tia Lalani

Alberta Health Services – East Central Health hosted the grand opening of the new Healthy Living Centre and celebrate the partnership with the U of A.

by Kelly Barrett. Camrose Canadian Staff reporter

Alberta Health Services – East Central Health was excited to host the grand opening of the new Healthy Living Centre and celebrate the partnership with the University of Alberta on Oct. 24. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments and were treated to a tour of the facility. Demonstrations included Yoga and Pilates, Nordic pole walking and a fitness and health assessment.

Several dignitaries were on hand to join in the celebration, Including Mayor Clarence Mastel, who extended congratulations on behalf of the city, and Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Verlyn Olson.

"This is a very exciting time for community members as we open such a facility in Camrose. I would like to congratulate the staff, community, and Alberta Health Services – East Central Health on the opening of The Healthy Living Centre," said Olson. "I extend my sincere appreciation to both Alberta Health Services – East Central Health and the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus for working together to make these services available to us."

The Healthy Living Centre is an innovative new facility that will address individual and community needs across a range of health services. Programs and services target individuals seeking information on how to stay and get healthy, individuals recovering from an injury or illness, and clients on their journey toward managing a chronic illness. Individuals also have access to a state of the art physiology lab, which provides equipment and space for exercise research and fitness assessments at Augustana campus.

"We want to be a central hub for the public to come and seek health information, and provide services that address individual needs. We want to help people get healthy and stay healthy," said Malcolm Kirkland, Vice President Operations for Alberta Health Services – East Central Health. "We don’t know yet what we started, but we will continue to think big."

Kirkland said that he would encourage all citizens to come out and support the new facility." We are also very excited about the partnership with the University of Alberta – Augustana. We have been able to collaborate on innovative programs, and ensure the public is getting accurate and up-to-date health information. We are also reviewing the research and student educational opportunities through this centre," he said.

The Healthy Living Centre was developed in partnership with the University of Alberta – Augustana and Edmonton campuses. The purpose of the centre is to be a central point of access for the public to participate in programs and services that assist them in finding a way towards healthier lifestyles. The Healthy Living Centre is housed in the Edgeworth Centre, a new multi-use facility built by the City of Camrose, which is also home to The Fitness Centre, operated by the University of Alberta.

Hours of operation of the new facility are, Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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