Howard Long Wellness Center - Programs and Screenings
Cholesterol screenings are provided four times a year at the Howard Long Wellness Center. They are available to members and nonmembers. The fee is $4 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Available times are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 304-242-9355.
Blood Pressure Screenings: Each Monday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. the center offers free blood pressure screenings. This is also available to the public.
Diabetes Keys to Control Program: The Diabetes Keys to Control Program offers a multidiscipline team approach designed to teach diabetics how to manage their disease. The program offers individual and group sessions with a certified diabetes educator as well as a hands-on exercise program designed and supervised by an exercise physiologist. Participants meet once per week for an education session on diabetes self-management. Those interested in the program can call 304-242-9355 for more information.
Free Weight Seminar: Members can learn how to incorporate free weights into their strength training workouts.
One-on-One Nutrition Counseling: This service is available to all Wellness Center members as well as doctor-referred patients. A registered dietician will help participants meet their nutritional goals or establish proper eating habits.
Wellness Weight Loss Program: This weight loss program for adults meets weekly for nine weeks and includes:
- direct measurement of each participant's resting metabolic rate to most accurately determine caloric need.
- pre- and postprogram body composition measurements including percentage of body fat, and hip and waist circumferences.
- one-hour nutrition education sessions led by a registered dietician.
- individualized exercise recommendations by an exercise physiologist.
Cost of the program is $90 for Wellness Center members and $185 for nonmembers. For more information, call 304-242-9355.
Flex Band Workouts: This unique workout uses oversized rubber bands, or flex bands, to exercise the athlete and fitness enthusiast. The workout consists of six to eight stations with four different exercises at each. By incorporating the elastic resistance found in the flex bands, participants can enhance their flexibility, muscular strength, running speed, jumping ability and ballistic power. The sessions are a great preseason workout for any athlete, and sport-specific exercise can be incorporated into the core training program. Regular classes are offered weekly and sports teams can make arrangements for their own workout times by calling 304-242-9355. The cost is $25 for 10 sessions.
Shapedown for Kids: Wheeling Hospital's Howard Long Wellness Center is licensed to provide Shapedown, one of the nation's leading weight management programs for children. Established by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, the program addresses the core issues of childhood obesity. To participate, children must:
- be between the ages of 6-12.
- participate two hours per week for 10 weeks.
- have at least one parent take part in all of the classes.
- have a doctor's referral.
The program focuses on healthy eating, and targets overweight issues and physical activity of the children and their families. The cost is $99. Scholarships are available for those meeting financial need criteria. For more information, call 304-242-9355.
General Fitness Assessment: Each member is strongly encouraged to participate in a GFA prior to any use of center services. The extent of the assessment is dependent on the member's health status. This assessment is helpful to provide members with an appropriate, effective, high-quality exercise recommendation. The GFA takes only 30 minutes and consists of five tests. Additional assessments can be given to provide comparisons to determine levels of improvement. The GFA includes:
- aerobic fitness.
- body composition.
- muscular endurance.