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February 03, 2020

LIVE WELL – healthy lifestyle communities

“I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Since starting at LIVE WELL, my life and my health have improved significantly. First of all, within two months of starting the regular exercise and implementing healthy habits learned from the LIVE WELL education, my doctor took me off all three medications.” -Trang Pham

October 23, 2019

LIVE WELL Accelerates Franchise Development Across Canada

Fast-growing exercise clinic franchise signs agreements to open seven new clinics in Ontario and Alberta.

September 16, 2019

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic is changing lives, and attitudes!!

It’s been open for only six months, but a new exercise clinic in North Delta is already changing the lives of local residents. However, this is no ordinary gym. In fact, LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic likes to describe itself as the “anti-gym,” a place where how you feel is more important than how you look and where people get a lot of support to achieve their goals. this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience’s attention…

September 12, 2019

Our “Anti-Gym” is changing attitudes about exercise for Burnaby residents.

LIVE WELL is a medical fitness clinic that’s built on the belief that exercise is medicine. Specializing in safe, supervised exercise and healthy lifestyle coaching for people who have chronic health conditions or want to prevent them; it helps its members make sustainable changes to their lifestyle to live healthier and happier lives.

September 09, 2019

Exercise clinic focused on chronic conditions opening in Regina

While raising her family, Brenda Yungwirth put her children first and her own health last. As she aged and became aware she was at risk for heart disease, she knew that needed to change.

September 09, 2019

Exercise as medicine: medical fitness clinic opens in Regina

SPARKS METHOD™, created by LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic, opened its doors in Regina on September 9th. Its goal is to use exercise and healthy lifestyle coaching to help clients manage and prevent chronic diseases.

September 06, 2019

How to start a new fitness routine: Five steps for mixing it up and reaching your goals.

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic’s founder and CEO, Sara Hodson, was recently interviewed for a feature article in where she shared her expertise in health and fitness. 

April 24, 2019

A local exercise clinic is transforming lives with medical fitness and ongoing support

The four people we interviewed for this article all have different lifestyles, interests and health concerns. But they all have one thing in common: they love going to LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic. Click Here

December 03, 2018

FRANCHISE CANADA: LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic proves exercise is a miracle drug

For the first time in the fitness industry, a Canadian chain of exercise clinics has proven what academics have known for years – that exercise can be more effective than medications in treating many chronic diseases.

November 22, 2018

GLOBENEWSWIRE: Canadian company proves exercise is a miracle drug

Gym members see significant reductions in blood pressure, weight within 6 months of joining powerful exercise and healthy lifestyle coaching program.

November 30, 2018

BETHEBOSS.CA: LIVE WELL’S member results prove the power of its model

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November 14, 2018

CASTANET: Unique gym opens doors

“We provide supervised medical exercise for members … with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity,” said owner Cameron Biffart. The programs are run by highly trained clinical exercise physiologists.

November 14, 2018

KELOWNA NOW: New medical fitness clinic to help make healthy long-term lifestyle changes

With a team of experienced kinesiologists and clinical exercise physiologists, the clinic specializes in medical fitness, clinical supervision and healthy lifestyle coaching with a focus on overall health and well-being.

October 30, 2018

GLOBE & MAIL: In a tight labour market, employers need to step up hiring practices

Founder and president Sara Hodson on LIVE WELL’S new in-house training course for kinesiology grads to groom them to become certified clinical exercise physiologists to coach members inside LIVE WELL clinics.

October 01, 2018

GLOBE & MAIL: Buring an established business? There are right and wrong ways to do a deal

When John and Gayla DeHart bought into LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic, they did their research and were attracted by the company’s raving fans: numerous, happy and recurring customers with memberships to the gyms.

October 01, 2018

GLOBE & MAIL: Research matters – make sure you nail down your small business niche

Entrepreneur John DeHart, whose latest venture is LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic, continues to analyze the market and his competition to find new products and services that will help the business grow.

July 03, 2018

BETHEBOSS.CA: LIVE WELL’s prescription for a better life

LIVE WELL President and Founder Sara Hodson got the idea for her chain of clinics while working in cardiac rehab. To increase access to exercise for these types of patients and others, she opened her first LIVE WELL clinic in 2011, the first of its kind in Canada.

February 08, 2018

GLOBENEWSWIRE: Doctor brings exercise as medicine trend to Toronto

A Toronto doctor and his partner have launched Toronto’s first medical fitness clinic catering to boomers suffering from the chronic diseases that come with aging and a sedentary lifestyle

June 22, 2018

VANCOUVER SUN: Road to wellness starts with medical prescriptions for exercise

BC’s former health minister and retired doctor credits LIVE WELL with helping shift her sedentary lifestyle.

June 15, 2018

TORONTO SUN: Head to the gym to head off depression

“We have many members who came to us suffering from depression and anxiety who have been able to reduce or get off anti-depressants and get their lives back on track via regular exercise,” says Sara Hodson, founder, and president of LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic.

June 02, 2018

BETHEBOSS.CA: Interview with CEO Sara Hodson

Founder and President Sara Hodson on why she started the company, the secret sauce behind LIVE WELL’S culture, and how LIVE WELL is different from its competitors

May 11, 2018

IMPACT MAGAZINE: Marathon Walk Star

Surrey’s Ted Myrah walks away from depression, diabetes, and obesity thanks to LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

April 04, 2018

VILLAGE LIVING MAGAZINE: Toronto’s first medical fitness clinic for boomers

An anti-gym designed to help people with existing and pre-existing health conditions, LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic treats exercise as a form of medicine.

March 30, 2018

GLOBE & MAIL: some people must work out to save their lives: Are gyms failing them?

Traditional gyms aren’t designed with people with chronic conditions in mind. But LIVE WELL strives to meet the needs of those who may not feel welcome at commercial gyms by delivering evidence-based exercise programs specific to each individual’s condition.

March 29, 2018

NORTH YORK MIRROR: LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic opens first Toronto location in North York

A new clinic uses exercise as medicine to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote mental health.

February 22, 2018

SURREY LEADER-NOW: Anti-gym for baby boomers opens in SURREY today

Expanding Surrey-born company is the brainchild of city’s 2017 Business Person of the Year, Sara Hodson

November 13, 2017

GLOBE & MAIL: Nurse Next Door co-founder wants to avoid these mistakes with his next venture: LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

How John DeHart is applying the lessons he learned growing his first business to his new venture LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic.

November 17, 2017

SURREY NOW-LEADER: Exercise clinic boss named Surrey’s Business Person of the Year

Sara Hodson of LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic and others celebrated at an annual gala hosted by Surrey Board of Trade

August 11, 2017

INC. MAGAZINE: This successful healthcare entrepreneur shares 5 simples steps to a healthier life

LIVE WELL co-founder John DeHart is interviewed about building healthy habits in himself, and in his customers

August 06, 2017

GLOBE & MAIL: Sweat and equity: Franchise on the rise among Canadian investors

LIVE WELL’S John DeHart talks about why he has franchised his companies.

July 01, 2017

HEART MONITOR: Strike a pose: Yoga can have heart benefits

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic’s medical director Dr. Ali Zentner was interviewed on why yoga can help reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.

July 01, 2017

FRANCHISE CANADA MAGAZINE: Leadership profile: John DeHart

With a successful home care franchise under his belt, John DeHart sets his sights on medical fitness franchising with LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic

June 28, 2017

FINANCIAL POST: New Prescription: Take two walks and call me tomorrow

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic is a combination of founder Sara Hodson’s passion for exercise and health, and serial entrepreneur and co-founder John DeHart ‘s franchising know-how

May 31, 2017

BEST HEALTH MAGAZINE: Exercise is the Best Medicine

According to some experts, fitness can cure much of what ails us. Read on for your prescription for a longer, happier, healthier life

April 04, 2017

LANGLEY TIMES: Exercise can be the Best Medicine

Dubbed the “anti-gym,” LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic opens in Langley, offering customized fitness created by exercise physiologists

THE VALLEYVOICE.CA: Riding a wave of fitness

Traditional gyms catering to fitness-focused Millennials are a dime a dozen, but Langley now has an innovative new boutique gym for boomers trying to stave off aging

February 17, 2017

THE VALLEYVOICE.CA: LIVE WELL in Abbotsford isn’t your ordinary gym

LIVE WELL Abbotsford’s focus is healthy habit formation and making sustainable lifestyle changes.

January 13, 2020

THE ABBOTSFORD NEWS: Exercise can be as powerful as medication

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic Abbotsford owner Julie Elliott wrote an article in The Pulse health supplement, about using exercise as medicine. (Click to page 10 to read how good exercise can be for your body.)

January 05, 2017

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Fifteen essential money tips for your business

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic co-founder John DeHart is featured in this article on tips to manage your company’s cash flow.

December 22, 2016

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Why you should seek a mentee

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic co-founder John DeHart writes about how professional growth and business opportunities can come from giving your time to mentor young entrepreneurs.

November 01, 2016

NOVUS TV: tips for staying fit and healthy after 60

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic was profiled by Novus TV. Watch Founder Sara Hodson talk about how to stay active and healthy as you age.

October 03, 2016

THE GLOBE & MAIL: The keys to mastering your business’s cash flow

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic co-founder John DeHart offers tips on how small businesses can best manage cash flow.

September 30, 2016

BC BUSINESS: Entrepreneur of the Year 2016: Healthcare Services

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic co-founder, John DeHart, won the prestigious award for his previous venture, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services.

September 29, 2016

BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER:’Do something daring,’ says serial entrepreneur

​“Why you do what you do is just as important as making money,” says John DeHart, co-founder, LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic and Nurse Next Door.

September 23, 2016

DAIMANUEL.COM: Physical health starts with a mindset

LIVE WELL founder and president Sara Hodson shares her expert tips on getting healthier and becoming less sedentary.

June 17, 2016


“People don’t come in excited by exercise. Most people come into us having remotely exercised in their life, or have never exercised in their life.” Sara Hodson’s solution was to create a business that married fun, motivational exercise, with highly supervised tracking of clients’ medical progress.

April 30, 2016

“If exercise could be packed in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” Robert N. Butler, M.D. Former Director, U.S. National Institute on Aging

The World Health Organization has declared chronic diseases the number one killer on the planet. Chronic disease is now the cause of over sixty percent of deaths worldwide, and the death toll continues to climb.

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. The population is aging, and more people are living unhealthy lifestyles contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Chronic diseases take a heavy toll on our health and cost vast amounts of money to the health care system.  

LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic is on a mission to design highly-engaging and effective ways to inspire lasting behaviour change in anyone at risk of chronic disease.

March 26, 2016


Studies underline the economic benefits of healthy aging.

March 15, 2016


January 26, 2016


A lot of us set goals to improve fitness and lose weight in the new year. But a group of Lower Mainland residents has been backing up such talk with action, with the help of South Surrey’s LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic.

January 16, 2016


People who are obese or super-obese face multiple obstacles to weight loss. Metro Vancouver doctors are referring patients to LIVE WELL Exercise Clinic for exercise sessions, nutritional advice and regular health monitoring — including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar tests that can be reported back to the referring family doctor.​

December 06, 2015


A group of dedicated LIVE WELL members is featured on the Vancouver suppertime news as they train in preparation to head to Hawaii to fulfill a major goal: walking the Honolulu Marathon.  Watch the video!

November 18, 2015


LIVE WELL President Sara Hodson was shortlisted to receive business funding and support thanks to hundreds of Canadian women who have decided to take an active role in leveling the entrepreneurial playing field for their female peers.

September 24, 2014


With a lot of training and support found at LIVE WELL, this Newton mother of two completed a five-km race. And now, she’s getting back into training mode for this year’s annual walk/run event 80 pounds lighter.

May 26, 2015


Peninsula entrepreneur Sara Hodson has been lauded by a nation-wide business magazine for her specialized health and fitness program, launched in White Rock in 2011.

May 07, 2014


Dr. Jiao Yang will be working with the team at Live Well Medical and Exercise Clinic in South Surrey’s Windsor Square focusing on her sub-specialty in cardiac rehab and prevention.

April 09, 2013


BT Vancouver’s Live Eye Host Dawn Chubai spends a morning at LIVE WELL Exercise & Medical Clinic to learn why exercise IS medicine for those living with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Watch the video!

June 20, 2012


White Rock woman turned to the Live Well Exercise Clinic, where she was able to build her strength for daily activities, as well as the 9th Annual Relay for Life at Centennial Park, despite her cancer. Read more…

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