Letter: More should use Wellness Centre

Published on July 4, 2014

Great report on the Wellness Centre by outgoing President Ron Baillie and I sure do agree with him. He said it was a real gem for our whole region.

Baillie thanked our town of New Glasgow for now using the Wellness rinks and the usage is up for the facility. I do feel that our town officials  the Mayor and council did not inform the town’s citizens that we were losing anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000 per year operating our Stadium and it sure made sense to use the new Wellness Centre as we already had a user fee of $200,000 for the Wellness Centre and saved up to $400,000 per years by using the centre.

One of my wishes is that more citizens would use our fine facility. The staff are super. The facility has it all for us. Hopefully, those who swore not to use it will have a change of heart and come and use it. Actually our Wellness Centre is located in Pictou West and not in Pictou East or New Glasgow as everyone thought.

As it is now, our Health System is hospital driven across Canada and it is not the way to go as personal health and fitness is used in other countries for a much greater success when it comes to our health and costs. Some of our health dollars are well spent on facilities such as our Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Our Canadian Health Care is almost broke and our costs are completely out of control. What can we all do to help? Even our 649 dollars are being used for health and it is our sacred cow and no political party can change it as it is political suicide for them. Imagine if they asked us to help with a users fee!

It is up to us my friends and that means keeping fit and watch what we eat. Professionals have told me if I had been watching my weight  and exercising I might not have developed type 2 diabetes and I possibly would not have had to have a new hip at a cost of $20,000 to the taxpayer. Our health costs are going through the roof and as an example one training hospital in Ottawa costs over $1 billion to operate per year! It would be nice to advertise the costs just for the Aberdeen Hospital.

That is my story and I would encourage people to use our Wellness Centre as it is really great and it is up to you and I to make the changes for our own health. Yes I am trying and better late than never. My membership cost as a seniors is only $47 per month plus tax.