According to WHO worldwide obesity is increasing due to a lack of physical activity. Many major diseases are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and by a poor diet. Overweight, obesity, an unhealthy lifestyle, smoking and alcohol, all represent risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (hypertension, infarction, stroke), metabolic syndrome, diabetes, chronic respiratory disorders (night apnea, asthma, obstructive pulmonary disease), and neoplasms. Customized programs to modify our lifestyle based on a healthy diet and appropriate amount of physical exercise are key factors to prevent these pathologies.
The Medical Exercise and Wellness Center was created specifically to address these needs. The facility, located inside the UPMC Institute for Health, is the result of a collaboration between UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), Terme di Chianciano, Municipality of Chianciano Terme, Azienda Usl Toscana sud est, University of Siena, and Technogym, a leading company in the field of fitness. The Medical Exercise and Wellness Center provides patient education and tutoring to gain a new lifestyle for healthy individuals with risk factors and/or full-blown diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension (primary and secondary prevention). It also offers personalized rehabilitation programs to patients with ischemic heart disease (tertiary prevention).