If you are in crisis, emotional distress, or at risk of suicide call 9-1-1, go to the local hospital emergency room, or call the mental health crisis line at 613-544-4229 or if you are a KGH staff member, contact Homewood Human Solutions at 1-800-663-1142. Someone is there to help.

Physical Activity & Exercise

Simple Steps You Can Take to Get Active The connection between physical activity and health is well established. But being active doesn't have to mean joining a gym or an exercise class. There are simple ways to increase your physical activity and improve both your physical and mental well-being. Here are some examples: 

  • Take 15 minutes at lunch to go for a walk - will benefit your body, clear your head and help to relieve stress.
  • Take a few minutes to stretch between meetings
  • Say no to the elevator and take the stairs instead
  • Don't worry about parking, ride your bike or walk to work
  • Read more on simple ways get active now...

Getting Started 

Want to get active but not sure where to begin? Check out these tips on getting started and be sure to review the PAR-Q to rule out any underlying health conditions that could worsen with exercise.

Learn why active living is vital to your health and how you and your family can replace sedentary activities with more active and healthier choices everyday in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.   


Exercise Toolkit 

The City of Kingston offers parks, trails, running/cycling paths, and other ways for you and your family to be active.


Corporate Gym Memberships 

Corporate Gym Memberships are available to all KGH employees making it more affordable to achieve and maintain an active and fit lifestyle. For more information contact KGH Occupational Health x4389. 

KGH Staff are now entitled to a 20% discount off the Annual Wellness Memberships offered by the City of Kingston for use at the Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Invista Fitness & Wellness Centre, or both. See rates here or visit the City of Kingston website to find out what memberships include. To enroll, contact KGH at x4389.  
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Curves for Women discounted membership rates available to KGH employees. Workouts created by celebrity fitness trainer Jillian Michaels offer strength building, fat burning, and total body workouts. Curves Complete provides you with a fully personalized weight loss solution that includes customizable meal plans, and one-on-one coaching and support. Jenny Craig program is designed to provide structure and support to help members lose weight and learn how to keep it off. Find out more about membership rates. To register, contact or visit a Kingston location with your KGH Photo ID.    
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Discounted memberships available at Omega Fit Club:  Bi-weekly Membership3 or 6 Month MembershipPersonal Training Packages. To sign up or for more information visit the Omega Fit Club with your KGH Photo ID. 
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Discounted Goodlife Memberships are available to KHSC employees and their families. Employees will have the option to pay for their annual membership in one lump sum payment of $399.00+ applicable taxes directly to Goodlife or pay bi-weekly payments of $19.19 + applicable taxes through automated bank account withdrawl. Register here. Visit the Goodlife Fitness website for more information about their facilities, classes, and locations. Check out the latest news and updates on healthy living, fitness and nutrition advice, success stories, and upcoming events on the GoodLife Blog. For more detailed information read the Goodlife FAQ'S.
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YMCA of Kingston is offering KGH staff an "All Inclusive Family Membership" for $108.99 +HST monthly with no activation fee and kids' swimming lessons and youth recreation included.  KGH staff can also take advantage of an extra 1/2 hour of personal training each month, 6 guest passes each year, and access to CPFLA Fitness Assessments.  Visit www.kingston.ymca.ca for more information about the YMCA facilities, classes, and Kingston locations.  
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HDH Site Fitness Centre now open to KHSC staff. Staff can purchase a membership to the Centre, open 24 hours a day, for the low fee of $40 per year. The Fitness (cardiovascular and strength) and change rooms, Body bars, weights, steps, bands and fitness balls are available for use. There is also a TV with VCR and DVD connections for those who wish to bring a workout videoRegistration is through the HDH site Occupational health Department located on Mary Alice 2, between the hours of 8 am-4pm. Registration requires the completion of a PAR-Q form and payment of a $40 annual membership fee by cash or cheque.
For more information, access the Fitness Centre Flyer


   Health & Fitness Initiatives at KGH

Stay tuned to the KGH Events Calendar to find out what other fitness initiatives are underway including on site fitness classes. To sign up for a fitness class participants are required to complete the Waiver & Release of Liability Form, and PAR-Q Questionnaire.

Contact us to tell us what health & fitness activities you'd like to see at KGH or consider becoming a Wellness Champion.    


As associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, preventative medicine is a key interest of Dr. Mike Evans'. Watch his video "23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single most important thing you can do for your health", a compelling yet simple message on what you can do to improve your health. Read more about Dr. Mike Evans here.    

 

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