Making Clinical Exercise Mainstream: Practical elements of clinical practice & exploring future business opportunities
Sara Gilbert has spent her 20-year career devoted to how exercise affects our physical and mental health A trained Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Gilbert began her career in cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes management for Fraser Health Authority in BC. There, she saw a need for patients to have clinically-supervised medical fitness programs beyond the hospital walls. In 2011 she launched LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic – a safe, supportive, supervised exercise environment focused on the management and prevention of chronic health conditions. Her clinics create an inclusive culture where everyone is supported in their health journey. In the last ten years, LIVE WELL has grown as a community with franchises in four Canadian provinces, and includes a virtual platform to serve members all across Canada.
Sara joined the Fitness Industry Council of Canada as co-chair for British Columbia in November 2020 to help unite the industry and work closely with the government. She has successfully lobbied for federal funding and grant programs, developing a strong working relationship with both provincial and federal leaders. In August 2021, Gilbert was unanimously elected President of the Fitness Industry Council with a mission to strengthen the industry across the country, and to position Canada as a global leader in the Exercise is Medicine movement. Sara sits on the national board of Prescription to Get Active (RxTGA) alongside notable physicians and academics.