Unity Barn Raisers has announced that it is working with Inland Hospital and its Unity family practice, New Horizons Health Care, to “prescribe” gym memberships for at-risk, vulnerable community members.
This program, funded in part by Inland Hospital’s Community Benefit Program, will allow health care providers at New Horizons to write recommendations for up to 50 one-month gym memberships. Recipients of these “prescriptions” are asked to pay $5 per month towards their memberships so that they have a personal investment in using their membership to its fullest.
“It takes 21 days to form a habit. We are hoping that by opening up the gym to community members who might not otherwise use it, we are helping to get these folks started in a healthy, lifelong habit — the habit of an active, healthy lifestyle,” explained Tess Woods, executive director of Unity Barn Raisers.
Dr. Gavin Ducker said the partnership reflects growing interest in promoting good health and preventing illness. “We will be offering this program to patients who are motivated to add a healthy lifestyle to the treatment of their current illnesses and as a way to prevent future illness,” he said.
The Community Gym and Fitness Center, operated by Unity Barn Raisers out of the Unity Community Center provides local access to both cardio and weight machines as well as free weights. The facility is open for use from 4 am to 11 pm every day.
Area residents should feel free to contact Unity Barn Raisers at 948-9005 to find out more about this program.