The Canadian Hemophilia Society introduced the "Passport to Well Being" program. Now, in 2013, with the participation of a new sponsor for the program, Bayer HealthCare, the CHS is proud to present a revised version of the components of the program. The Passport to Well Being program provides people with bleeding disorders, at all stages of their lives, with information, skills and stategies to enable them to maximize their quality of life. Passport to Well Being is designed around six modules which focus on:
- Destination Fitness
- Home Care: The Road to Independence
- Roadmap for Managing Pain
- Navigating the Emergency Department
- Bon Voyage! Travelling with a Bleeding Disorder
- Charting Your Course
Destination Fitness encourages individuals to participate in physical activities in order to promote overall fitness and physical wellbeing. In order to receive a “Destination Fitness” stamp on your CHS passport, you must participate in at least one of the following options:
- Participate in a gym program at a local gym or school three times (or more) a week for a minimum of three months.
- Participate in an individual or team sport, approved by the Bleeding Disorders Program, three times (or more) a week for a minimum of three months.
- Design and follow your own exercise/activity program e.g. brisk walking, cycling, or jogging for 45-60 minutes three times a week (or more) for a minimum of three months.
It is recommended that you set a goal for yourself such as improving your muscle strength or flexibility, improving your body mass index, or improving your cardiovascular endurance. I can assist you with setting and monitoring your goals.
Mary Jane Steele, BScPT
Bleeding Disorders Program Physiotherapist