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How to Exercise in a Swimming Pool

Exercise is key to living a healthy lifestyle

Regular exercise is essential to achieving your weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of your life. But sometimes, your gym exercise routine may get repetitive and boring. Taking your fitness regimen outdoors can definitely mix things up a little bit and provide you with new challenges!

 A great way to combine working out with being outdoors is with a swimming pool!

How Does Gastric Sleeve Surgery Work?

Every weight loss journey is unique.

We’re all different. From our body shapes and health, to our metabolism and diet. So, why should all weight loss solutions be the same? We all lose weight and keep it off differently, which is why it’s so essential to complete in-depth research while seeking a solution. This solution should be one that you’re comfortable with, and can be easily adapted to your lifestyle. One of those possible solutions might just be gastric sleeve surgery.

Keep reading to find out more about this effective and long-term weight loss solution!


Calgary Clinic

SmartShape’s Calgary clinic is located in Canadian Surgery Solutions, a unique health care facility that provides medical assessment, surgical procedures, Bariatric Surgery (LAP-BAND®) and post-operative rehabilitation services for elective surgery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Canadian Surgery Solutions has been fully accredited since 1997 ensuring the highest standards of care in the industry. Nurses are ACLS Certified (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and surgical staff consists of some of the most highly trained medical professionals in Canada.

Canadian Surgery Solutions is equipped with three Operating Rooms that feature state-of-the-art medical equipment and instrumentation that help offer less invasive surgical techniques and faster recovery times.

In compliance with federal and provincial legislation, Canadian Surgery Solutions adheres to the highest standards of operational, financial and legislative accountability – standards that are determined and are rigorously monitored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

SmartShape Calgary is located at 1402 8 Ave NW, #300, Calgary, AB T2N 1B9.


If you would like to inquire about having LAP-BAND surgery at our Calgary clinic, call one of our Program Advisors today at (888) 278-7952, or ask for more information via our website.

Private Health Insurance Coverage for weight loss surgery

Medical Health Insurance

You may be surprised to learn that public facilities only perform about one-third of all bariatric surgeries in Canada, while private-pay clinics account for the remaining two-thirds. This is because most personal Insurance plans do not cover bariatric surgery at this point in time.

And the average wait time for publicly-funded weight loss surgery in Canada is 5 years, according to a study conducted by a surgeon at the McGill University Health Centre in 2009, but some provinces approve patients within a much shorter period of time.

Currently, both the Gastric Sleeve and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedures are covered in almost all of Canada by provincial healthcare insurance plans. Some provinces may cover LAP-BAND surgery, but the wait lists can be very long (2 to 15 years).

If your income is below a certain amount, you may qualify for a tax credit called the Refundable Medical Expense Supplement.

If you don’t want to wait to have surgery, you have two options:

  1. Provincial Insurance may pay for you to have bariatric surgery outside of your home province, although most provinces will not cover any expenses other than the surgery itself, or
  2. Finance bariatric surgery on your own and receive treatment in a private facility such as SmartShape.

SmartShape Weight Loss Centre provides you with the most experienced Surgeons, the most locations across the country, and the most bariatric surgical options in Canada – we offer the LAP-BAND, Gastric Sleeve, and the new Mini Gastric Bypass, as well as Revision Surgeries. We also offer a comprehensive 5-year Aftercare program where applicable.


Find out today if SmartShape can help you start on your weight loss journey – call our Program Advisors at (888) 278-7952 or request a consult with a SmartShape surgeon today.


Pomegranate Peach-sicles

Peaches are packed with important nutrients including vitamins A and C, potassium, and iron, one medium peach (only 38 calories) provides nearly 2 grams of fiber. A peach provides diuretic properties; and thanks to its beta carotene, it also helps your skin stay fresh and bright.

They also make the perfect frozen treat! Try this recipe for Pomegranate Peach-sicles.


Pomegranate Peach-sicles

Makes: 12 Servings

Prep Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes min.


4 cups peaches, peeled and sliced

2 cups lowfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled


Combine peaches, yogurt and sugar in blender or food processor. Cover; blend until smooth. Pour mixture equally into 12 paper cups. Place on tray and freeze, about 1 hour or until partially set.

Insert one wooden stick into center of each cup; freeze one hour longer or until almost solid.

Pour pomegranate juice equally into each cup over yogurt mixture. Freeze until firm, 2 hours or overnight. Remove paper cups to serve.