Medical Fitness

Exercise is Medicine Program Overview

One of the most important decisions a person will make regarding his or her overall health is to incorporate physical activity into his or her lifestyle. We understand that encouragement from a physician might be the greatest influence on a patient's decision to make a lifestyle change.

Exercise is Medicine is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association. This program is a quick, simple and effective process for a person to get on track with improving his or her overall health and well-being. This program helps individuals with varying health conditions (i.e., hypertension, sleep disorders, obesity, etc.) learn how to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. With the guidance of an exercise specialist, the individual will learn how to perform exercises that are more effective in improving his or her health and overall quality of life.

Program Benefits

  • Improved cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Weight loss
  • Increased bone density
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased energy
  • Improved quality of sleep

Program Services

  • Individualized Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Customized Exercise Prescription designed by a degreed and certified exercise specialist (workouts can include land and/or aquatic exercises, depending on the individual's needs and preferences)
  • Safe exercise progression directed toward achievement of the physician-directed goals
  • Unlimited access to all of the land and aquatics group exercise classes suitable for people of all physical abilities
  • Safe exercise progression directed toward achievement of the stated preset goals specific to the partcipant's medical diagnosis
  • Blood pressure, heart rate and exercise monitoring
  • One hour consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Weekly sessions with your exercise specialist to review and progress your program
  • Free health and nutrition programs and classes
  • Progress report to the referring physician
  • Member discount on LIFT services
  • Use of all LIFT Center amenities
  • Two-week pass for caregiver or spouse to come and try the facility during the time of the program

What is the Cost?

 Participation in the Exercise is Medicine program requires a prescription from a physician. They cost $60 for 60 consecutive days in the program (two months). Scholarships are available for those who meet the financial need criteria. Click here to download scholarship forms. After graduating from the program, the client may join LIFT Wellness Center and the enrollment fee is waived. Scholarships may transfer to membership pending client compliance with the program.

How to Get Started

Entry into our Exercise is Medicine Program begins with a referral from your physician or healthcare provider. Download our brochure/referral form to begin. For more information, contact the LIFT Clinical Integration Coordinator, Hilary Keen, by email or by calling 731.427.7048.

Program Options

Click on any of the programs below for more information.

Program Overview

One of the best things to help strengthen bones or even maintain bone mass is to incorporate exercise and general physical activity into your life. Under the guidance of an Exercise Specialist, individuals in this program will perform safe and effective low-impact, weight-bearing and resistance exercises that are specific to the individual’s needs and goals. Better Bones is designed to help individuals learn a variety of functional exercises and movements to enhance their quality of life.

Program Benefits

  • Increased or maintenance of bone mass
  • Increased muscular strength and flexibility
  • Reduced risk of falls, bone fractures and other injuries
  • Improved posture and balance

Program Services

  • An initial Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Exercise Prescriptions designed by the Exercise Specialist specifically for the individual (workouts can include land and/or water exercises, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences)
  • Introductory consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Weekly check-ins with an Exercise Specialist
  • Access to a variety of free health education programs (i.e., healthy cooking classes and community education seminars)
  • Unlimited access to a variety of Land, Mind and Body and Aquatic group fitness classes

How to Get Started:  Entry into our Exercise is Medicine Program begins with a referral from your physician or health care provider. For more information, contact the LIFT Clinical Integration Coordinator, Hilary Keen, by calling 731.427.7048.

Program Overview

One of the most important decisions people will make regarding their overall health is to incorporate physical activity into their lifestyle. We understand the encouragement from a physician may be the greatest influence on a patient’s decision to make a lifestyle change.

Exercise is Medicine is an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association. This program is a quick, simple and effective process for a person to get on track to improving their overall health and well being.

Program Benefits

  • Reduced Blood Pressure
  • Weight Loss
  • Improved Cardio-Respiratory Fitness
  • Increased Bone Density
  • Improvement of Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Reduced Stress
  • Improved Sleep

Program Services

  • Individualized Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Customized Exercise Prescription by a degreed and certified exercise specialist
  • Safe exercise progression directed toward achievement of the physician-directed goals
  • Introductory consultation with a registered dietitian.
  • Access to a variety of free health education programs, including healthy cooking classes
  • Land and Aquatics group exercise classes suitable for people of all physical abilities

How to Get Started

Entry into our Exercise is Medicine program begins with a referral from your physician. For more information, contact Hilary Keen, LIFT Clinical Integration Coordinator, by email or by calling 731.427.7048.

Program Overview

Diabetes can be very complicated and needs to be taken seriously. Luckily, there is research that shows that an exercise program can help individuals reduce their risk of diabetes or even help control current diagnoses of diabetes. There are safe and effective exercise programs for individuals with diabetes. Under the guidance of an exercise specialist, individuals will learn how to include cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility programs into their everyday lives. They will learn how much exercise is needed and learn how exercise can enhance their quality of life.

Program Benefits

  • Help control blood glucose levels/Lower A1C
  • Improvement in overall health

Program Services

  • An initial Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Exercise Prescriptions designed by the Exercise Specialist specifically for the individual (workouts can include land and/or water exercises, depending on the individual’s needs and preferences)
  • Introductory consultation with a registered dietitian
  • Weekly check-ins with an Exercise Specialist
  • Access to a variety of free health education programs (i.e., healthy cooking classes and community education seminars)
  • Unlimited access to a variety of Land, Mind and Body and Aquatic group fitness classes

How to Get Started

Entry into our Exercise is Medicine Program begins with a referral from your physician or healthcare provider. For more information, contact the LIFT Clinical Integration Coordinator, Hilary Keen, by email or by calling 731.427.7048.

What is Joint Effort?

Recovery from a total joint replacement surgery can be scary. Being mentally and physically prepared for the surgery and the physical therapy that occurs afterward can alleviate the anxiety and make the road to recovery a little less bumpy.

Joint Effort is designed to help you understand your surgery, educate you on the recovery process and prepare your body for the surgery. Studies have shown that patients who are more physically fit prior to total joint replacement surgery have a much easier time during the recovery process. Let the professionals at the LIFT Wellness Center help prepare you to get back on your feet as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

What is included in the program?

  • Assessment by a certified and degreed exercise specialist (includes joint ROM, strength, balance and flexibility)
  • An individualized exercise program designed by an exercise specialist
  • Three one-hour exercise sessions per week supervised by an exercise specialist, with full use of the facility during your purchased program time
  • Free use of the LIFT Wellness Center and amenities for your family member or coach during your exercise session at the LIFT

What is the cost?

The cost of the program is $60 for a 60 day enrollment.

Note:  Joint Effort requires a prescription from a physician. For questions about Joint Effort or to request a referral form, email Hilary Keen.

The Next Step program is a service offered by the LIFT Wellness Center staff for individuals with specific musculoskeletal conditions or limitations due to injury. The member will have the benefit of a degreed and certified exercise specialist working with your physician and physical therapist to ensure that you are safely and effectively carrying out your prescribed exercise.

The Next Step program is the "next step" for individuals and athletes recovering from a musculoskeletal injury or condition. The Next Step staff will supervise the program and regularly consult with your referring medical professional.

Program Benefits

  • Restoration of correct joint function
  • Improvement and progression of physical therapy goals
  • Transition toward return to play or an independent exercise program
  • Athletes attempting to return to play post-injury have the added benefit of return to play criteria tests by a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer
  • Full access to the LIFT Wellness Center and amenities

Program Services

  • Personalized, collaborative exercise prescription/goal setting by your physical therapist and your exercise specialist
  • Full fitness assessment and Functional Movement Screen by a certified and degreed exercise specialist
  • Supervised, safe and effective exercise progression
  • Weekly sessions with your exercise specialist to review and progress your program

Program Outline

  • 60-day program with proper technique instruction
  • Supervised exercise program and specialized times for supervision
  • Program evaluation and a 30 minute one-on-one session per week with an exercise specialist
  • Membership is not required for entry to the Next Step program

Entry Criteria

  • Each individual must be referred by a physician and must sign a consent waiver prior to their assessment
  • Consultation with the client's Physician or Physical Therapist to discuss medical history and program protocol to achieve specific functional goals related to diagnosis. Read the Exercise is Medicine Brochure and the physician referral form to learn more.
  • For questions or to request a referral form, email Hilary Keen or call 731.427.7048.

Program Cost

The cost of the Next Step program is $125.00 for four weeks. Upon completion, the client will be reassessed for continuation of the Next Step program or referral to membership at the LIFT. If the client joins the LIFT Wellness Center within 2 weeks of completing the Next Step program, the enrollment fee will be waived.

Note: The Next Step program is not a replacement for physical therapy services.

Need nutritional advice? Has the doctor recommended you see a dietitian? Trying to make the switch to a healthier diet?

The LIFT Wellness Center can help.

At the LIFT, we believe the more you know, the better you can feel. We have a Registered Dietitian on staff to assist you with all of your nutritional needs. No matter how active you are, unless you are refueling with the proper nutrition, you will never reach your health and wellness goals.

We offer one-on-one and group consultations through our nutritional consultations.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our dietitian, Nicole Hancock, RD, LDN and download this flyer.

Nutrition Services Rates

Session Member Non-Member
30 Minutes $30.00 $45.00
60 Minutes $50.00 $65.00
3 Sessions $135.00 $175.50
5 Sessions $212.50 $276.25

Our nutrition program is now accepting some forms of insurance plans for preventative care. Please call 731.425.6964 to see if your plan is accepted.

What is Phase III Cardiac Rehab?

Phase III is a supervised exercise program designed for individuals with known risk factors for developing heart disease, existing heart conditions, phase II cardiac rehab graduates or for those simply wishing to improve their level of cardiovascular fitness. Individuals who join the Cardiac Phase III program learn how to exercise, eat healthy, manage stress and develop other positive habits for permanent lifestyle change with a goal of reducing the risk of a future cardiac event.

This program is designed to give individuals the tools he or she needs to feel confident in returning to a healthy, active lifestyle. If at any point a medical condition were to arise, the physicians, nurses and other clinical staff on-site within the LIFT Wellness Center are available for rapid response.

Program Services

  • Individual instruction and supervision of the participants' customized exercise programs, including ongoing assessment
  • Safe exercise progression directed toward achievement of the stated preset goals specific to the participant's medical diagnosis
  • Blood pressure, heart rate and exercise monitoring
  • Patient education
  • Modified Group Exercise

NOTE:  The Cardiac Rehab Phase III program is not an acute cardiac rehabilitation program and does not include electric heart monitoring.

Program Benefits

  • Improvement/progression in cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Maintenance/improvement of muscular strength
  • Progression toward an independent exercise program

How to Get Started

For more information about Phase III Cardiac Rehab, please contact the Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist, Hilary Keen, by calling 731.425.6884 or stop by and visit us in person to discuss how we can help you progress in your health goals both safely and effectively.

Start the LIFT Healthy Weigh and start seeing results in your efforts to lose weight.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. Tennessee is ranked 11th overall in obesity prevalence and associated health problems. With the availability of numerous “fad diets” such as  “The Paleo Diet,” “South Beach Diet,” “Cabbage Soup Diet,” “10 Day Detox,” and “Master Cleanse;” numerous over-the-counter dietary supplements; and potentially dangerous prescription weight loss medications, Americans are spending 18 billion dollars each year on their quest to get “thin.” Because there is not one “quick fix” that works for everyone, cookbook approaches often lead to temporary weight loss. The physical and emotional effects of losing weight, only to regain it a few months later, can be devastating. The most effective way to lose weight and to keep it off is through lifestyle changes:  consume nutrient dense, lower-calorie foods; control portions; and get plenty of physical activity.

If you have been unsuccessful in your weight loss attempts or you need help getting started on the path to a healthy lifestyle, the LIFT Wellness Center offers a medically-based weight management program that doesn’t require pills, cleanses or special foods. The LIFT Healthy Weigh is a clinically designed weight management program led by certified Athletic Trainers, degreed Exercise Specialists, Physical Therapists, Registered Nurses, Behaviorists and a Registered Dietitian. The team will work with each client individually to set attainable goals, overcome physical and psychological barriers and maintain accountability for long-term success in safe and effective weight management.

The LIFT Healthy Weigh is a two-phase weight management program that not only includes one-on-one coaching sessions with the weight management team but also includes free use of the LIFT Wellness Center, free lab work, an online tracking account, an individualized exercise and nutrition program and much more. Come see us today.

The LIFT Healthy Weigh is a 12 week program with supervision from the dietitan and the clinical integration coordinator.

Members: $400 (can be paid in 2 payments)

Nonmembers: $500

You do not have to be a member of the LIFT Wellness Center to participate in the Lift Healthy Weigh program. Email Hilary Keen, MS, HFS for more information on how you can get started the LIFT Healthy Weigh.