Submitted by: Andrew N. Case, Manager, Memberships and Programs, Drexel University Department of Athletics

New suite of services addresses the health and wellness needs of the Philadelphia workforce.

Drexel University’s Recreation Center introduces Drexel Proactive Health, a new wellness service model targeting the health and wellness needs of the Philadelphia workforce. The program officially launches on Feb. 13, 2013, with an Open House at the Drexel Recreation Center from noon to 6 p.m.

Increasing physical activity, improving nutritional habits and reducing stress have been identified as ways to reduce health risks and meet the demands of the modern workforce. Drexel Proactive Health addresses these demands by providing customized strategies for individuals to enhance health and optimize performance through exercise programs, nutrition counseling and therapeutic massage.

The idea of integrating multiple health and exercise therapies into one centralized location was the vision of Vic Tringali, Drexel University’s Executive Director of University Wellness. “We know that many people feel intimidated by exercise, especially when in an environment where they feel they are on display. And many simply don’t know how to begin an exercise or nutrition program,” said Tringali. “This unique model will offer customized health, fitness and nutrition programming in a more intimate one-on-one setting and will leverage the expertise of Drexel’s world-class team of health and fitness professionals.”

Conveniently located on the lower level of the Drexel Recreation Center at 33rd and Market Streets, Drexel Proactive Health services will be available to the faculty, staff and students of Drexel University, as well as those in the surrounding business community. The facility features new exercise equipment and private studio spaces for clients to have one-on-one appointments with a specialist. Proactive Health’s service staff, with experience in personal training, corrective exercise and massage therapy, will complement the services offered by registered dieticians and faculty from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Drexel Proactive Health participants can receive a private consultation that consists of a thorough review of their medical history and current lifestyle, as well as a comprehensive movement assessment, which includes an evaluation of posture and joint mechanics, range of motion, strength, VO2 testing, body composition and flexibility. Following the evaluation, the client will be educated and presented with a customized health and wellness action plan, which may include one or more health or exercise modalities.

Professional fitness trainers help improve the client’s physical and aerobic conditioning, provide guidance and create a tailored training program based on the client’s evaluation results, history and lifestyle. Master dietitians help guide and plan meals, snacks and cooking for better health and healing. Licensed massage therapists perform deep-tissue massage for relaxation, stres