Sara Hodson, BHK ’02

Entrepreneur and health-wellness expert, Sara Hodson has become a leading advocate for physician-prescribed exercise in Canada.

Hodson received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics in 2002 from the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, Hodson worked at both the BirdCoop Fitness Centre and Changing Aging Program, a program to increase functional movement and cardiovascular health in the elderly.

In the fall of 2002, Hodson joined the Fraser Health Authority as a clinical exercise physiologist. There, working in the Peace Arch Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program, she designed, implemented and coordinated a program for people with stable and unstable heart disease.

In 2011, after nearly a decade with the health authority, Hodson opened her first Live Well Medical and Exercise Clinic. The Live Well concept is founded on the idea that every individual living with a chronic condition can benefit from exercise. The clinic hosts medical specialists, family doctors and exercise programs focused on diabetes, heart disease, obesity and risk factor reduction. The success of the original clinic in White Rock has given rise to two others, in Vancouver and South Surrey, with plans for more locations. Since its inception, over 2,000 patients have been referred to the Live Well Clinics with over 500 current clients.

Hodson continues her affiliation with UBC through the School of Kinesiology’s mentorship and co-op programs, providing students with professional experience in her three Live Well clinics. She also has taught the Diabetes Educator Course at UBC, and currently serves on UBC’s Alumni Advisory Board.