The UofL Health – Healthy Lifestyle Centers provide hands-on medically-supervised exercise in state-of-the-art facilities. We use a broad range of exercise, nutrition, and stress management techniques to promote well-being in body, mind and spirit.

The ability to work closely with health care providers is part of what makes us different. Unlike other exercise and weight management programs, the Healthy Lifestyle Centers are grounded in evidence-based medicine and backed by UofL Health. Our team works under the supervision of physicians and includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, monitor technicians and licensed clinical social workers. They serve as health coaches, identifying services that can benefit individuals most — an approach that is truly holistic.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation contact the UofL Health – Healthy Lifestyle Center at 502-581-0110.

Diseases and conditions

Through lifestyle interventions, the UofL Health – Healthy Lifestyle Centers address chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and more. We support and help individuals develop wellness programs personalized to their own health goals.

Our program options include:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Supervised exercise therapy for peripheral artery disease

Treatments and services

Our services begin with a clinical assessment of personal health and risk factors. From there, treatment programs are designed to fit an individual’s specific needs that can include:

  • Fitness training with treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent bicycles and free weights.
  • Educational classes address an array of risk factors to ensure individuals have the information, support and resources needed for optimal recovery
  • One-on-one consultation with a registered dietitian to evaluate and modify diet
  • One-on-one consultation with a licensed clinical social worker to develop a plan to accomplish goals

Cardiac rehab and qualifying conditions

Cardiac rehab reduces the chances of a fatal heart attack by 20-30%. It can help lessen the effects of heart disease while improving stamina and the ability to return to usual activities. Generally, the program occurs over three months, with visits three times per week.

Because our advanced cardiac rehab takes a holistic approach to heart health, our program stands above traditional options. This advanced program offers educational classes, dietary consultations and stress management guidance, in addition to the fitness training and monitoring found in traditional cardiac rehab. Our cardiac rehab is covered by Medicare/Medicaid and commercial insurance for the following conditions:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Stent/Angioplasty
  • Valve surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure (EF< 35%)
  • Stable angina

Pulmonary rehab and qualifying conditions

Pulmonary rehab is designed for individuals with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic asthma or COPD. The program is designed to teach people with breathing problems how to decrease their shortness of breath with most activities.

Pulmonary rehab focuses on the individual by helping them improve their endurance levels through monitored exercise. The program gives individuals a better understanding of their condition and teaches them to manage it on a daily basis through energy conservation, breathing techniques, diet and stress management. Pulmonary rehab also helps individuals regain self-confidence. Patients may notice they are stronger, and see a decrease in symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

Generally, the program occurs over three months, meeting for 24-36 visits, twice per week. Individuals that require oxygen will be supplied oxygen during exercise. Medicare/Medicaid and commercial insurance will cover pulmonary rehab for these conditions:

  • COPD
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Lung cancer and lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Lung transplant
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • COVID-19

Supervised exercise therapy

The Healthy Lifestyle Centers offer a specially designed exercise program tailored to people with peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a vascular disease, caused by a gradual build-up of plaque within the leg arteries. It may cause disabling symptoms, such as leg cramping while walking, leg pain while resting, nerve damage and/or skin breakdown. This exercise therapy helps those suffering from PAD pain by targeting the muscles that hurt when you walk, such as the calf, thigh and buttock.

Supervised exercise therapy helps improve circulation and available metabolites that can reduce or get rid of pain while walking. The program pairs moderate-intensity exercise training with lifestyle changes. Most insurance plans cover supervised exercise therapy.

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