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Drexel Proactive Health Offers Holistic Approach to Healthy Living

Drexel Recreation Center Launches New Suite of Services for Active Professionals

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In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 13, the Drexel Recreation Center will officially launch Proactive Health, a new suite of services designed to deliver holistic wellness solutions that meet the demands of the modern workforce.

Located on the lower level of the Recreation Center at 33rd and Market Streets, Proactive Health features new exercise equipment and private studio spaces for one-on-one exercise programs, nutrition counseling and therapeutic massage. A service staff experienced in personal training, corrective exercise and massage therapy will complement the services offered by registered dieticians and faculty from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

When more than 1,500 Drexel employees completed an online Health Risk Assessment last year, the results revealed lack of exercise, weight management and stress to be three of the biggest challenges facing faculty and professional staff. Proactive Health aims to address these challenges by providing customized strategies for individuals to increase their physical activity, improve nutritional habits and reduce stress.

Proactive Health’s model of integrating multiple health and exercise therapies into one centralized location was the vision of Vic Tringali, Drexel’s executive director of University Wellness. “We know that many people feel intimidated by exercise, especially in an environment where they feel they are on display,” Tringali said. “And many simply don’t know how to begin an exercise or nutrition program. What’s so unique about this program is that it offers a very precise plan of action that is completely dependent on the individual’s current health, fitness and lifestyle.”

Proactive Health’s services are available to Drexel faculty, professional staff and students, as well as those in the surrounding business community, both on an a la carte basis and as part of a comprehensive, personalized health and wellness action plan. The latter approach begins with a private consultation consisting of a thorough review of the client’s medical history and current lifestyle and a comprehensive movement assessment. Following this evaluation, the client is presented with a customized action plan that may include one or more health and exercise modalities.

Professional fitness trainers help improve the client’s physical and aerobic conditioning and create a tailored training program based on the client’s history and lifestyle. Master dietitians help guide and plan meals, snacks and cooking for better health and healing. And licensed massage therapists perform deep-tissue massage for relaxation, stress relief and pain reduction.

“Proactive Health is a unique addition to Drexel’s Recreation Center, providing individuals with a one-on-one comprehensive fitness assessment, as well as a customized prescription for exercise,” said Dr. Stella Volpe, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences. “Combined with nutrition counseling and therapeutic massage, individuals will receive a holistic approach to improve their overall health and fitness. Proactive Health is truly what its name means.”

Drexel Proactive Health will officially launch during the Recreation Center Open House from noon to 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center Lobby on Wednesday, Feb. 13. For more information on the Drexel Recreation Center and Proactive Health, e-mail or visit