The design of LifeStyles facilitates the integration of these various services. “The creation of true medical integration through the design process can achieve tremendous efficiencies and patient/member satisfaction,” says Richard Moore, senior vice president of regional development. Instead of being isolated facilities with only a roof in common, the building design facilitates circulation and interaction within the two-story structure. Members can often see from one side of the building to the other. Abundant use of natural light and sloped roofs also give the center an open and comfortable feel. The focus of LifeStyles is the central fitness area, where much of the physical therapy and training takes place. Unlike some gyms that have separate areas for strength and cardiovascular conditioning, this facility has six different mini-training areas with both types of equipment — a design that spreads out patients and permits better space utilization. Read the rest of this entry »
After analyzing data collected from over 17,000 American girls, Marcia Herman-Giddens, P.A., Dr. PH., concluded from her study in the April 1997 issue of Pediatrics that the age of onset of puberty for white and black girls is currently 9.7 and 8.1 years respectively. Read the rest of this entry »
Many fitness facilities have tried to integrate a variety of health-related services under one roof. A physical therapist, for example, could have an office within a health club. Usually, however, these operations are self-contained sub-units within the physical space. Fitness equipment is often duplicated within each of these units, leading to parallel — not integrated — operations. LifeStyles, however, has achieved a true integration of services. It has brought together a variety of rehabilitation and prevention services and achieved economies of scale while providing members with unparalleled access to health and fitness programs. Read the rest of this entry »
“A Warm Coat gets you a hot deal”
There’s a lot of truth in the old adage, “To get a little, you gotta give.” And giving is just what the Women’s Fitness Center did during the last holiday season.
In exchange for membership discounts, the club asked potential members to donate coats that would be distributed to three local charities. The innovation was a fresh change from the more commonplace aerobathons and walkathons, according to owner Julia Wheatley. Read the rest of this entry »
Physical, sexual and emotional abuse in childhood may influence the development of adult diseases, according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Over 9,500 participants completed a detailed questionnaire asking about exposure to childhood abuse and household dysfunction, and the medical records of each participant were evaluated for major health risk factors. Read the rest of this entry »