The Wellness Institute has received numerous awards and recognition for its work in Winnipeg and beyond.
  • 2023 – Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Pioneer Award for advancing medical fitness
  • 2023 – MFA Program Innovation Award for the Cardio-Metabolic Risk Reduction Program
  • 2019 – recognized as Canada’s Most Health-Promoting Hospital, CCHL, Healthcare Management Forum 1-5
  • 2016 – recognized as Canada’s Upstream Hospital Leader in Healthcare Quarterly, Vol 18 No. 4
  • 2016 – Nu Step Silver Pinnacle award for WI’s comprehensive approach to supporting older adults to take charge of their health and wellness and providing tools to remain independent so they can continue to make meaningful contributions to their community
  • 2012 – MFA Program Innovation Award for the COPD Self-Management Program: an innovative program between a hospital and medical fitness facility to support patients at discharge with education and supervised exercise
  • 2011 – Accreditation Canada’s Leading Practice Award for exercise programs for kidney patients as part of their treatment
  • 2011 – Excellence in Program Innovation for Older Adults – International Council for Active Aging
  • 2005 – MFAs Distinguished Achievement Award for Top Medical Fitness Facility
  • 1997 – Facility of Merit Award (outstanding facility) – Athletic Business
  • 1997 – Accessible Design Award, City of Winnipeg
  • WHO – recognized as a Health Promoting Hospital

Research and Publications


Impact of a Medical Fitness Model on Incident Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events: A Prospective Cohort Study of 11 000 Members

Brar, R, Whitlock, R, Katz, A, Di Nella, M, Komenda, P, Bohm, C, Rigatto, C, Tangri, N, Solmundson, C, Collister, D.
Journal of the Journal American Heart Association 2024 March 13(7):1-8


Association of Membership at a Medical Fitness Facility with Adverse Health Outcomes

Ranveer, B, Katz, A, Ferguson, T, Whitlock, R, Di Nella, M, Bohm, C, Rigatto, C, Tangri, N, Boreskie, S, Nishi, C, Solmundson, J, Marshall, J, Kosowan, L, Lamont, D, Komenda, P.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine Association 2021 November 61(5): 215-224


Sustainability drivers of Canada’s most health-promoting hospital  

Graham JR, Naylor P-J.
Healthcare Management Forum 2019 April 32 (3): 158-162


COPD Integrated Care Pathway Project: Evaluation of Patient Outcomes and System Efficiencies

Norrie, O, Dziadekwich, R, Fernandez, R, Metge C.
Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology 2016 September 23 (3):169-182

Upstream Hospital Leader: Taking Action to Improve Population Health

Graham, G, Meili, R.
Healthcare Quarterly 2016 18 (4): 25-29.


Age, Relative Autonomy and Change in Health Locus of Control Beliefs: A Longitudinal Study of Members of a Health -promotion Facility  

Bailis, D, Chipperfield, J, Segall, A.
Journal of Healthy Psychology 2010 April 15(3): 326-338


Wellness Institute Services Evaluation Research (WISER)

Segall, A.
Max Bell Foundation 2000