Fitness Plus has partnered with Exercise is Medicine™, an American College of Sports Medicine® (ACSM) program, to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of a disease prevention and treatment paradigm.
Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. However, few people know how to start a safe, effective exercise program.
Launched in 2007 by the ACSM and American Medical Association, Exercise is Medicine encourages primary care physicians to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. Fitness Plus is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be assessed as part of medical care and integrated into every primary care office visit.
Clients of the program attend an introductory meeting held the first Monday of each month. They receive pre- and post-assessments (including weight, blood pressure, waist/hip ratio) conducted by professionals, as well as structured resistance and balance training throughout the program. Each client also keeps a physical activity log to assess improvement.
Clients are entitled to two sessions per week for eight weeks. The cost is $69 for Fitness Plus members and $99 for nonmembers. For more information on the program, call 573-331-3355.