Medical and Wellness Center

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).


Regular physical exercise and a healthy diet are the two key factors to:

  • Prevent the risk of chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart diseases, infarction, stroke, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cancer)
  • Improve and prevent cognitive decline
  • Control body weight, reducing negative consequences of overweight and obesity
  • Reduce the stress
  • Strengthen bones, muscles and joints, and prevent osteoporosis
  • Maintain self-esteem and a general wellbeing

The physical exercise program includes:

  • Initial assessment of general health conditions and of the body’s adaptation to exercise.
  • Personalized physical exercise and health education to prevent cardiovascular, liver, and metabolic diseases.
  • Final report on the program, with recommendations to maintain the achieved results.

This program was designed for:

  • Healthy people who want to learn about a healthy lifestyle
  • Healthy people with risk factors and a family history of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and oncological diseases
  • Patients with diabetes
  • Patients with hypertension
  • Patients with dyslipidemia
  • Patients with liver steatosis
  • Patients with other diseases and who need a change in lifestyle



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