Back To The Gym Safely

Healthplex’s very own Montage Wellness Center was featured in the Monterey County Herald. Read the article Below:

 

This time of year tends to inspire good intentions for adopting healthier habits, like returning to the gym. During 2021 as gyms began to reopen, many of us sought reassurance that it was safe to do so after the COVID pause.

Just as important, though, is being safe from a fitness standpoint, given the lack of physical activity that many of us experienced during the height of the pandemic. “Most area gyms, including our Wellness Centers, have long followed COVID protocols as set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Monterey County to protect members,” says Christopher Range, general manager of Montage Wellness Centers in Marina and Salinas.

Range, who has a master’s degree in sports science and is a certified strength and conditioning coach, says that COVID protocols for gyms include spacing equipment further apart, social distancing, wearing a mask, wiping down equipment before and after use, and limiting the size of group exercise classes.

He notes that those who have been out of the exercise habit, or those who are new to exercising, should check with their doctors before embarking on an exercise regime. “None of this means you shouldn’t get back to the gym and exercise, it just means that there may be modifications you need to make to do it safely,” he says.

After an absence of nearly 10 years, 60-year-old Sunil Pasala, along with his wife, rejoined Montage Wellness Center in Marina in August 2021.

“We were members for about four months, but got sidetracked and stopped going,” says Pasala, a computer programmer and application developer at CSU-Monterey Bay. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2003, and suffering two heart attacks and undergoing open heart surgery in 2018, his doctor, cardiologist and his wife agreed that regular exercise were necessary if Pasala wanted to live a long, healthy life.

“Because of medications and diabetes, along with inactivity, I had lost a lot of muscle mass and strength,” Pasala says. “I wanted to rebuild before it was too late or too advanced. I felt comfortable with the COVID protocols, but was concerned about injuring myself.”

As with all new and returning Wellness Center members, he underwent health, functional and mobility assessments, and decided to work with a personal trainer. Coincidentally, his trainer Zach Thomas is a graduate of CSUMB, earning a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine in November
2020.

“Sunil was my first client at the Wellness Center,” Thomas says. “We designed a program around his goals and assessment results, and he’s made amazing progress in just a few months.” Pasala completed his training with Thomas in late October and works out at the center at least four times a week. He and his wife also attend his core workout classes twice a week. “Sunil was ready to go on day one and is always willing to put in the work,” Thomas says.

“Zach helped me progress slowly and safely,” says Pasala. “I went from doing leg presses with 40 pounds to 150 pounds and leg curls with 30 pounds to 100 pounds. I enjoy working out and can see that I am regaining upper and lower body strength, muscle mass and better health.”

Pasala isn’t the only one who has returned to the gym, either.

“We’re seeing a two-fold increase in personal training at our facilities,” says Range. “People have said they really need to learn how to exercise safely and in a way that they get the most out of it.” If you’re thinking about joining or rejoining a gym, Range offers three suggestions that could increase the likelihood that you’ll stick with it.

  • Choose a location within 5 to 7 miles of home or work or along the route you travel.
  • Tour the facility to make sure you’re comfortable with the people who work and work out there, that their strength training and cardio equipment is in good working order, and passes the eye and smell test for cleanliness.
  • Make sure they offer options that you enjoy, such as swimming and group fitness classes.

In case you need one more reason to get back to the gym, Range points out that inactivity is a risk factor for many conditions, including severe COVID-19.

He cites a Kaiser Permanente Medical Center study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that strongly associates regular physical activity with reduced odds for severe COVID-19 among infected adults, which stated, “Study participants who consistently met the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for physical activity had lower odds of being hospitalized, requiring ICU admission or dying from COVID than those who were inactive. Even activity levels that did not meet
the guidelines were shown to reduce risk.”

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, or 20 minutes of vigorous exercise three days a week. Moderate exercise intensity is equivalent to a brisk walk or moderate bike ride, while vigorous exercise intensity is equivalent to uphill bike riding or jogging.

“Infection control is critical across Montage,” Range says. The hot tub, spa and steam rooms remain closed at the time of this writing. “As with many fitness facilities, proof of vaccination is not required to work out, but a vast majority of our members are vaccinated. All in-person staff throughout the Montage system are fully vaccinated.”

“Regular physical activity is now a big part of my life,” says Pasala. “I know that I am improving my health, level of fitness and quality of life. And it’s something I really enjoy.”

Melanie Bretz lives in Monterey and has written on a wide range of topics, including health care, during a writing career spanning more than 30 years.

Why Should You Get into the Business of Health and Wellness?

Healthplex Associates is hosting a free webinar, Wednesday January 19th at 12:00 P.M EST to discuss “Why you Should Get into the Business of Health and Wellness”.  Lynn Robbins and Don Doyle have over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Join the discussion on how medical fitness can have an enormous impact on your business. Register Here

The science of Public Health has always been a concern for hospitals, although it has had varying degrees of importance to our health care system over the last 100 years. If Covid has had any lasting impacts on the system, it is certainly that we cannot simply focus on inpatient care to achieve our aims. Keeping people well, however, has long been an elusive task.

In a recently released report, Feeling Good: The future of the $1.5 Trillion Wellness Market, issued by McKinsey & Company shared the results of a major survey conducted by the firm that health care providers need to take note of:

“Our latest research shows that consumers care deeply about wellness—and that their interest is growing. In a survey of roughly 7,500 consumers in six countries, 79 percent of the respondents said they believe that wellness is important, and 42 percent consider it a top priority. In fact, consumers in every market we researched reported a substantial increase in the prioritization of wellness2 over the past two to three years.”

The report was able to identify six major areas that consumers were interested in:

· Better Health

· Better Fitness

· Better Nutrition

· Better Appearance

· Better Sleep

· Better Mindfulness

 

For any health system that had been successfully engaged in a wellness center prior to the pandemic, these are all areas that were (or should have been) ones that they were offering leading services to their community. Despite that, with public health concerns limiting our ability to engage in congregate activities, fitness centers, like restaurants and other social gathering places have taken a major financial hit since early 2020. While remote services, fitness trackers and virtual visits can offer some people a path to achieving wellness, realistically we have found that this is a minority and like the McKinsey study, we see wellness levels slipping. People are social by nature and the support of a qualified trainer and/or the companionship of their friends in a fitness center will typically lead to greater adherence to lifestyle changes.

Therein lies the dilemma; if we know we need to promote and offer wellness to our communities, but the current climate makes it difficult or impossible to operate successfully, why should you start think about starting a new wellness center? The answer is one that every industry must, at some point in its evolution, find for the future. Just as the railroad industry limped along a failed path as it saw itself as providing only train service until they redefined themselves as an integrated transportation system, health care must take the broader view.

This pandemic will end. Maybe it will be a year, maybe two, but it must. There may be a new reality that accompanies that end with more constant vigilance and vaccinations, but some new normal will be there. Building a wellness product line, a new center would require a year, two years or even three if a system were to start now. Opening tomorrow may not be a good option but starting now is the only option. Those who wait for things to ‘calm down’ to start will be years behind the curve and may find themselves merely running trains.

By: Lynn Robbins and Don Doyle

 

 

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Member Spotlight

Meet Charlie Sawyers! Charlie is a member at Healthplex’s MRMC Wellness Center in Bay City Texas. Charlie’s favorite part about the Wellness Center is the staff and being able to be with others who care about their health. A wellness center can be an important source of social support and fitness for members.

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Member Testimony

Healthplex’s Wellness Center of URMC is an important component of healthcare in Thomaston, GA.  View Lucinda’s testimony to see how the medical fitness center has made a tremendous impact on Lucinda’s health and wellness.

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

The Impact of a Medical Fitness Facility

The findings of a recent study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides evidence linking attendance at medical fitness centers with a lower incidence of mortality and hospitalization. It is powerful to see the impact that medical fitness is having on our community health. With over 25 years in the medical fitness industry, Healthplex Associates takes pride in improving the wellness in our communities.  Read more to learn about the key takeaways from the study linking attendance at medical fitness centers with a lower mortality rate:

 

Read More Here 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Personal Trainer Spotlight

Kristy is a trainer at Healthplex’s Center for Fitness and Health. Listen to her story of how she became a trainer and how she helps change lives everyday.
Watch Kristy’s Testimony Here:

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

A Healthplex Minute

Hospitals can no longer merely respond to the symptoms of illness and injury. They must deal with the causes. The goal of the medical fitness center is to expand the limits of lifestyle and wellness modification through customized, closely monitored exercise programs for patients, the community and staff.  Wilson Aguinaldo, Nurse Practitioner, shares how the SBH Healthplex is helping to improve his health!
Watch Wilson’s Testimony Here:

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Wellness Center Shows Benefits to Healthcare Professionals

Did you know that healthcare professionals have some of the highest rates of elevated health risks among any other professions?  Many times, healthcare workers put their patients first and make their job responsibilities a priority over their own personal health. Therefore, hospitals are excellent places to offer the benefits of a wellness center.  The Singing River Healthplex is making a huge difference in the lives of healthcare workers at the Singing River Health System. Listen as Certified Nurse Anesthetist, Paul Greer, shares his story on the impact personal training has had on his own health.

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Youth Boxing Program

The St. Barnabas Healthplex is partnering with Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence (B.R.A.G) to offer a new youth boxing program. B.R.A.G offers many programs to help reduce gun violence by identifying youth at risk for retaliatory violence, working with victims and their families and friends to help prevent future violence, and providing linkages to resources and follow-up services to patient participants.  Healthplex is proud to build partnerships that are making a positive impact in the community!

 

Read More Here 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Singing River Healthplex Testimony

The Singing River Healthplex is a 24,000 sq. ft. medically-based comprehensive fitness and wellness center located in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Healthplex is dedicated to making their community as healthy as possible.  Their team of highly trained and certified exercise physiologists coach clients to achieve their goals through proven results-based exercise programming. Tyler Phan is one of those trainers. Tyler holds his bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has his training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine.  He is passionate about promoting strength and overall wellness through functional movement.  Healthplex member, Donna, is a prime example of the benefits Tyler is providing for his clients. Click here to here Donna’s testimony.

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.