Portage’s Program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) understands the benefits of physical activity on both the body and the mind. The centre is now incorporating physical exercise programming into residents’ everyday schedules.
Since January 11, 2010, all residents are now taking part in a morning exercise routine for 20 to 30 minutes following their Morning Meeting. This new initiative helps the residents to start the day off on the right foot by reducing stress levels and getting the blood flowing.
These daily exercises, along with Tai Chi classes that began just last week, add to existing physical activity programming at MICA. For several years now, MICA residents have been playing water polo every Tuesday afternoon at the Little Burgundy Sports Centre.