Wellness & Fitness Services

Wellness & Fitness Services

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Exercise and the Aging Person

Exercise benefits persons of all ages

There are numerous benefits of following a regular exercise program--even for individuals who are challenged by such conditions as joint pain, back pain, arthritis, or osteoporosis--or individuals who are recovering from an injury or surgery (for example, joint replacement or arthroscopy). Exercise has also been shown to be beneficial to people of all ages, as it helps to lower blood pressure, lower the risks of falls and serious injuries (such as hip or wrist fractures), and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass. In addition, exercise helps to accomplish the following:

  • Increase flexibility

  • Tone muscles

  • Build stronger bones

  • Improve mobility and balance

  • Boost self-image

  • Relieve insomnia

  • Relieve tension and stress

  • Offset feelings of anxiety and depression

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Enhance cardiovascular fitness

  • Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels (the "good" cholesterol)

  • Reduce the risk of chronic diseases (for example, type 2 diabetes or certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer or colon cancer)

  • Provide fun and enjoyment

  • Provide for a longer, healthier life

  • Reduce joint and muscle pain

Photo of two older folks walking through a neighborhood

Exercise and the aging person

It is never too late to start an exercise program. With today's medical technology and scientific advances, the average life expectancy for men and women is increasing. Coupled with this is the fact that with longer lives, people are looking for a higher quality of living with greater importance placed on independent, healthy living. Exercise is a great way to keep older people active, but should be approached with caution. Exercise does not have to be vigorous to be beneficial. Even a walk around the park or 30 minutes working in the garden can be helpful for any age body and mind. Also, if 30 minutes of exercise at one time seems too much, research now suggests that three 10-minute intervals spread out over the day is just as effective.

If you have an existing medical condition, or are just starting an exercise program, be sure to consult your health care provider prior to beginning the program to make sure the exercise program that you choose is designed with your health and wellness in mind.

Valley Health is committed to helping you stay active and healthy. We offer a wide variety of programs, classes, screenings and services that can help you prevent illness, learn about health issues, stay active and feel your best.  For more information call (800) 662-7831.

Wellness Programs

• Corporate Wellness Services 
Let us help your business plan its employee wellness program to optimize the health and wellbeing of your workforce. Services include:
    o Onsite screenings including blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol, etc. 
    o Onsite health education such as weight management, tobacco cessation, wellness workshops, 
    o Customized wellness programs including health assessments, personalized health coaching and 
       incentive programs

• Community Health, Wellness and Prevention Outreach - click here to view Your Guide to Wellness, our quarterly listing of programs, classes and screenings.

Nutrition Therapy (Winchester, Romney and Berkeley Springs locations)
Nutrition Therapy is offered to the community by doctor’s referral or self-referral. Our dietitians have over 35 years of experience. For more information, call 540-536-3050.

• Tobacco Cessation 
Quit for Good
One-on-one sessions to help the tobacco user manage the powerful forces behind nicotine and tobacco dependence by learning skills to assist in a quit attempt to stay tobacco free.
Weight Loss Programs 

        Weigh 2 Go 
        12 weekly one-hour sessions. In addition to group discussion 
        there is a private weigh-in and an opportunity to have food 
        and activity records reviewed by the facilitator. 

        Habits Not Diets 
        12 weekly one-hour sessions for weight management that 
        focus on identifying and changing current eating habits that 
        lead to weight gain. 

        Healthy Weight Modules
        12 weeks (group) to promote and support weight loss efforts.  

Click here for additional information or to have a team member contact you

Fitness Services

Whatever your fitness level, we can help you develop an exercise program that fits your lifestyle and needs.
  • Programs designed using a medically-based fitness approach
  • Convenient facilities
  • Instruction and personal training
  • Fit For Surgery, a program designed to help improve cardiovascular fitness level and increase muscle strength before elective surgery
To learn more about our wellness and fitness services available in your community, select the location closest to you.

Berkeley Springs, WV
Front Royal, VA
Luray, VA
Romney, WV
Winchester, VA
Woodstock, VA