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Lifestyle Education and Exercise Program (LEEP)
LEEP services are offered by a multidisciplinary team which may include the following health professionals:
- Registered Nurses
- Rehabilitation Assistants
- Registered Dietitians
- Physician Consultant
- Diagnostic Team
The Lifestyle Education and Exercise Program (LEEP) promotes overall wellness in patients with confirmed cerebral vascular disease. The program’s mandate is to empower patients with the knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves in creating a healthier lifestyle.
Individuals with confirmed cerebral vascular disease including those who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) can benefit from this service.
Individuals with the following risk factors may also benefit from this program:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Increased stress levels
- Inactive lifestyles
The following health benefits are goals for clients who actively participate in the program:
- Improvement in cardiovascular fitness
- Overall increased feeling of well being
- Improved blood pressure
- Improved blood sugar control
- Improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Care We Provide
As part of the six month treatment plan, patients are encouraged to participate in the following:
This is an introduction to the services provided by the physiotherapist and other members of the team.
The introductory assessment is conducted to evaluate risk factors and create a personal care plan to assist in making client’s lifestyle behavior changes.
During the first three months of the program, weekly education sessions on topics such as stress management, healthy eating, and medication management are offered.
Following completion of a personalized exercise prescription by the program’s physiotherapists, participants will attend weekly education and exercise session over a three month period. Once that is completed, participants will engage in a home based exercise program with telephone support provided by the program’s physiotherapists. Following graduation from the program, we will connect clients with community partner experts in long-term lifestyle choices to best manage cerebrovascular disease as well as ongoing exercise venues.
Physician supervised, graded exercise tests are conducted at regular intervals when participating in the program and are important tools for evaluating each client’s progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I bring with me to my first visit?
- Your health card Your medications
- Athletic shoes
- Comfortable clothing
- If you have diabetes, please bring your glucometer and a snack or drink.