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The First Step Program 

Contact Information

First Step/Wellness
Program Coordinator
Shannon Janzen
Saskatoon Field House
(306) 975-3121

Saskatoon Health Region Program Coordinator
Tristan Etcheverry
(306) 655-6929


First Step Registered Program Information

First Step Application Form

First Step Brochure

First Step Phase I Information Sheet

First Step Video

First Step is a partnership between Saskatoon Health Region, Live Well Chronic Management Program and the City of Saskatoon Community Services Department. 

The program's aim is to provide a high quality prevention/rehabilitation program to people with health concerns in the Saskatoon Health Region.

Even if you are not familiar with regular exercise, or if your health concerns have discouraged regular exercise, you'll find First Step an important move towards improving your quality of life.   

How does it work?

A Two Point Approach to Wellness:
First Step provides a two-point approach to wellness: education and exercise.  In each session, an exercise specialist will assess your individual needs and help you develop healthy lifestyle habits including regular exercise. First Step is an ongoing program and you may register at anytime.

Education topics include:
- Goal setting
- The benefits of exercise
- Risk factor management
- Nutrition
- Diabetes and exercise
- Stress management
- Stages of change
- Footwear / foot care
any many more...

Your exercise specialist will help develop your own individualized exercise program.  Your program could include walking, biking, rowing, stepping, stretching and strength.  There is something for everyone.

Benefits of Regular Exercise:
- Help control blood sugar levels
- Delay or prevent type 2 diabetes
- Reduce or control blood pressure
- Reduce joint discomfort and stiffness
- Increase or maintain bone density
- Can promote weight loss or weight maintenance
- Improve cholesterol levels
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduces the risk of kidney disease

How to get started

Participants can talk to their doctor about a referral, or self refer.  An application form needs to filled out prior to starting in the program; call 975-3121 to have one mailed to you or you may click here to download and print a copy.

Location & Phase 1 Schedule

The First Step program is held at the Saskatoon Field House (2020 College Drive) and runs 3 times per week. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the following times:

Tuesday & Thursday Morings:
   8:00-11:00 a.m. Exercise (year round) 
   10:45-11:45 a.m. Education(seasonal)

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings:
   5:00-8:00 p.m. Exercise (May-Oct)
   5:00-8:00 p.m. Excercise (Nov-May) 
   (No track access until 6:30 p.m.)
   5:30-6:30 p.m. Education (seasonal)

Saturday (excise only):
9:00-11:00 a.m. (May-Oct)
9:00-11:30 a.m. (Nov-May)

First Step Fall Cancellations:

Tuesday, November 11 Morning & evening program cancelled. 


The cost includes 3 months of exercise (3 times/week) plus the education cycle (12 classes).

Please call for more information regarding the cost of the program.

Once I have completed the 3 month program, what's next?

Our program has the option to continue on and become a part of our Graduate Program. You may purchase a First Step Graduate Card at any time which is available to all First Step graduates and supports.  The Graduate Card allows you to continue access to the facility during the First Step program times only. The Graduate Program runs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Or, you may choose to instead purchase a LeisureCard.  A LeisureCard allows you to have continued access to the facility during the First Step program times, in addition to seven days a week at all of the City of Saskatoon Leisure Centres, as well as the Fitness Circuit & Terry Fox Track (in Forest Park), plus the outdoor pools in the summer months.

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