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New exercise program improves outcomes for those with medical conditions



Saint Mary’s Fitness Center launches new Medical Exercise Program

Exercise has long been associated with improved health outcomes, especially for those with existing medical conditions. To emphasize the importance of exercise on wellness, Saint Mary’s Center for Health and Fitness will offer the region’s first comprehensive Medical Exercise Program. The program will provide participants with support and education to enhance vitality and overall health.

“This new program will provide individuals with resources to better manage their health conditions. Participants will follow a customized diet and exercise plan that is designed to relieve symptoms associated with their specific condition,” said Joseph Brandl, MD, director of cardiac surgery for Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “Incorporating a diet and fitness routine post-rehab has proven highly beneficial and we look forward to offering this program to the community.”

Developed by a team of medical and fitness professionals, the Medical Exercise Program features effective and integrative strategies that produce significant changes in health, behavior and function. The program will offer condition-specific tracks, including cancer rehabilitation, cardiac fitness, pre- and post-natal fitness, general medical exercise and weight loss management. Each track is designed to meet the medical needs of participants who have completed rehab therapy or community members who seek a fitness routine for an underlying health condition.

Ideal candidates for the program include those who do not exercise regularly, desire support for encouragement and accountability, have one or more medical risk factors and have prior medical conditions. Additionally, participants will receive a comprehensive health profile updated throughout the series, as well as education and support from personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and access to a private workout facility with state-of-the art equipment.

“Managing a health condition is challenging, but with this new program, participants will find they can incorporate a healthy lifestyle long after traditional therapies,” said Brandl.

Saint Mary’s Medical Exercise Program provides a high level of support and direction for those interested in enhancing their quality of life. For membership information and rates, visit www.SaintMarysFitness.com or call 770-3800.

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About Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.  The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare.  A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.

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