New England Rehab Hospital receives physical activity award


AUGUSTA — New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland received a Maine Fitness Award for a Healthy Workplace in the medium business category at the 2010 Maine Fitness Awards ceremony of the Governor’s Council on Physical Activity.

Gov. John Baldacci and Dr. Erik Steele, co-chairman of the Maine Governor’s Council on Physical Activity, presented the awards April 27 at the Maine State House Hall of Flags. The ceremony is held annually and recognizes communities, work sites, schools and individuals for the role they play in supporting a healthy Maine through physical fitness and activity programs. NERHP’s Works on Wellness Committee co-chairs Kelsi Royer of Lewiston and Jaclyn Ashla of Gorham accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.

The WOW program offers monthly educational sessions with health-related presentations, diet and relaxation techniques and implementation of programs such as self-paced exercise programs.