KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Well, the free bus passes are coming, as I talked about in my last story. But the free bus pass is only going to meet one need, just like we also need a phone for job searches and safety, we also need to stay healthy and fit.
Yes, there are lots of walking trails in HRM and during the summer months there are places where you can swim outdoors free of charge. But what about the rest of the year?
Here is my solution.
Here in HRM we do have lots of great fitness facilities and fitness clubs that provide all kinds of services to improve health and well being. Most of these health clubs offer a main workout area with dumbbells and barbells, treadmills, stationary bikes and so on. Then at some of the larger fitness facilities there are indoor swimming pools, ice rinks and indoor walking tracks.
Anyway, the point I am trying to get at here is, what a great way to improve health and social well being, if only these places were affordable for income assistance recipients.
From talking to people who have memberships to these places I learned that costs range anywhere from $30 a month to $100 a month, depending on what club because different places have different packages.
I have often written about the social isolation that people on income assistance experience. Wouldn’t it be great if Community Services were to support people on income assistance who want to exercise? It would be a great way to get people out of social isolation, and allow them to live a healthy life!
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