21 March 2017

UPMC Institute for Health: Medical Gym Opening

UPMC Institute for Health: Medical Gym Opening

March 24, 2017 – UPMC Institute for Health Medica Gym Opening

The new Medical Exercise and Wellness Center of UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme was created in collaboration with:

UPMC Institute for Health Medical Gym Opening took place on March 24, 2017. The ceremony, sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, started at 4:30 p.m. at the presence of local and regional authorities. The deputy mayor of Chianciano Terme, the vice president of the Region of Tuscany, the regional health commissioner, the president of Terme di Chianciano, the director of medical and scientific department of Technogym, and national and international managers of UPMC also attended the event.

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: a highly-specialized facility that focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of cardiovascular, hepatic, and metabolic diseases. This new facility 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). The latter service is provided under an agreement with the Italian NHS.