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In the 1970s, Dr. David Mymin had an unorthodox idea. At the time, the standard for patients recovering from cardiac events or surgery was bed rest. But Dr. Mymin, working at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, MB, was confident that exercise, not inactivity, was the key to a strong recovery and a healthier future.

His unique approach blossomed into a comprehensive medical fitness program now housed in a state-of-the-art medical fitness facility christened the Reh-Fit Centre. It will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

The Centre is Canada’s premier cardiac rehabilitation and “prehabilitation” institution and is improving the health and quality of life of the community while literally saving lives. It’s a community hub where those with cardiac disease or other chronic conditions, as well as community members at large, can become physically fit in a welcoming environment with guidance from health and wellness professionals.

Personal training at the Reh-Fit Centre

Recognized globally

Reh-Fit is Canada’s first medical fitness facility as certified by the Medical Fitness Association, bringing pride to the province by meeting the highest global standards for fitness and wellness. But Sue Boreskie, Reh-Fit’s CEO, is not resting on her laurels. “It is a feather in our cap in terms of recognition,” she acknowledges, “but we’re always looking for ways to expand Reh-Fit’s role in the community and continue to be innovative.” 

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