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Exercise IS Medicine!

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Mike AlpertMike Alpert

Studies have shown that obesity, diabetes and lack of access to good nutrition are critical issues in need of intervention. It has also been proven that access to wellness and prevention tools in the home, school, workplace, neighborhood and community are highly effective intervention strategies.

About one month ago, we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of La Verne to begin working with them on a bold project that they were starting. Last night, I attended an event that I want to share with all of you. It was an exciting example of how for-profit businesses can collaborate and work together with non-profit businesses to help build healthy communities. This was really the culmination of a vision that the President of the University of La Verne, Devorah Lieberman, had to ensure that every student attending the University would graduate healthier than when they entered. Their ultimate goal is to become a regional change agent and role model, providing key research and teaching opportunities and practical wellness resources that will positively impact the health of the surrounding community and beyond.

The University will begin construction of The Randall Lewis Center for Wellbeing and Research that will provide expanded resources for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing; teaching and collaborative research opportunities; and wellness programming for their students, faculty and staff. The Center will also partner with a wide network of community and health organizations to offer fitness opportunities, nutrition and wellness workshops and informational resources that will have significant impact on the lives of residents throughout Inland Southern California. Partners include: Kaiser Permanente, Pomona Valley Hospital, Casa Colina Acute Rehabilitation hospital, Western University of Health Sciences, City of Hope, The Perfect Step, Hillcrest Retirement Community, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, White Memorial Hospital and The Claremont Club.

We have been in talks with the University to hold some of their class work here at The Claremont Club to study and learn about Exercise IS Medicine and the impact it has on overall health and quality of life of people, especially for those dealing with disabilities and chronic injuries/illness. They will help us by writing grants for our programs and in gathering data, studying it and publishing their findings.

It should be no surprise that hospitals, physicians, universities and businesses are focusing on health, wellness and prevention, and they recognize and acknowledge the incredible role that exercise has on overall health. This is only one example of how we can all work together to help build and maintain healthy communities. Our industry is going to play a major role in this endeavor. If you are interested in receiving more information on the Exercise IS Medicine initiative, please feel free to contact me at malpert@claremontclub.com.

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