KNES 441-443-445 – PRACTICUM COURSE
Practicum Position Title: Exercise Site Support
# of Positions Available: 2
Industry/Company Description: The Alberta Healthy Living Program is an Alberta Health Services program for people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, chronic lung disease, chronic pain and other long term illnesses. For more information go to: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/8930.asp
Required Hours/Week: 60-72 Hours/term (5-6 hours/week). Hours need to be evenly dispersed throughout 13-week term.
Terms: Fall and Winter Terms only
Student Accountabilities/Duties: (ALSO SEE NEXT PAGE)
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On-Site Supervisor: --- Please contact directly for an interview …
Colin Kay– firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Alberta Healthy Living Program!
The Alberta Healthy Living Program is an Alberta Health Services program for people living with various chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and chronic lung disease, to name a few. Specifically, our program is based on the concept of self-management and is designed to teach participants how to better manage their health, using exercise and physical activity in a safe and appropriate manner. Participants attend our program for eight weeks and will learn some of the basic principles of exercise and how to incorporate them into an exercise program that suits their needs and abilities. Our team consists of various health care professionals, including kinesiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, dieticians and social workers.
In order to better serve our participants, we have designed three different “levels” of classes, which are primarily based on functional abilities. These three levels are briefly summarized below.
As a practicum student with the Alberta Healthy Living program, you will gain experience working with all three levels of our program. The over-arching goal of your practicum will be on applying the principles of exercise physiology to various patient populations. More specifically, you will learn how to complete a patient interview and assessment, prescribe exercise, supervise and counsel participants during a group exercise class, and develop your clinical skills. You will also be given the opportunity to teach certain aspects of class, observe and work with other disciplines, follow a participant during their 8 week program, and complete a mini-project or presentation.
We are happy you chose to complete your placement with us and hope to provide you with a positive practicum experience! If you have any additional questions about the program and/or your role, don’t hesitate to ask your site supervisor.