Dr. Mark Lemstra unveiled the Mental Health Initiative on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
From Discover Moose Jaw:
"Dr. Mark Lemstra, Owner of Alliance Health medical clinic, announced the Mental Health Initiative today at the Moose Jaw YMCA. The program will offer mental and physical treatment and support to 500 residents for 8 weeks, free of charge."
The initiative is designed to change attitudes about mental health in our communities and to encourage those with mental health concerns to seek help.
Read more on Discover Moose Jaw.
Alliance was proud to accept the Business of the Year and Customer Service Awards at the 2015 MJBEX Awards. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
Click here to read about the evening in the Moose Jaw Times Herald.
From "Community volunteerism recognized at Citizen and Group of the Year awards" Published on January 15, 2015. Moose Jaw Times Herald
Mark Lemstra, president of Alliance and Wellness and Rehabilitation, accepted the Group Of The Year Award on behalf of his company.
Speaking to reporters after the event, Lemstra acknowledged that the award is a reflection of the people of Moose Jaw as a community.
“This is a community-based initiative,” he said, adding the work done at the clinic combines efforts of the YMCA, the City of Moose Jaw, local family doctor and various other community groups.
Click here to read the full article from The Moose Jaw Times Herald.
CBC National News December 19, 2014
Private clinic reports early success in its free program for 1,000 people
By Bonnie Allen, CBC News
Lisa Abbasi can barely recognize herself these days.
Not only is she 80 pounds lighter, she also has a smile on her face and enthusiasm to go to work and take care of her kids.
Alliance Wellness Rehabilitation is leading a new initiative in Moose Jaw to provide a comprehensive, free program to assist residents manage their weight and improve their health. Participants are eligible for the program if they have a body mass index over 30 and a note from their doctor.
The Healthy Weights Initiative includes 72 personal training sessions , 12 dietary sessions, 12 cognitive behaviour therapy sessions and significant social support. The program hopes to assist 1,000 overweight or obese Moose Jaw residents to manage their weight and part of a wider effort to reduce the prevalence of obesity in the city by 20 percent.
Click here to read letter of support excerpts from doctors and community groups in Moose Jaw.
Click here to read more about the initiative from the Moose Jaw Times-Herald.
Click here to see the story from the CBC National News.