The Triangle has several wellness centers that have grown out of hospitals' missions to help the public battle diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease and certain cancers. The wellness centers offer exercise options, classes and counseling.
Here's a look at the Triangle centers:
Duke Health & Fitness Center, corner of Erwin and Morreene roads, Durham. 660-6660.
What's offered:The Health & Fitness Center offers classes in nutrition and fitness with an array of mind/body classes such as yoga, tai chi and QiGong. The center has indoor and outdoor tracks, cardio and resistance-training equipment, and a shallow pool, sauna and whirlpool. A fitness evaluation and program planning are included in the premium membership. The Diet & Fitness Center is a more intensive program housed in a separate center at 804 W. Trinity Ave. Members stay nearby for several weeks at a time and spend their days learning how to achieve optimal health. Healthy Escapes, based at the Center for Living, falls between the two programs in terms of intensity.
514 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield.
What's offered: Program offers cooking classes and nutrition lectures. The fitness center includes a lap pool, warm water therapy pool, steam rooms and racquetball courts plus equipment for cardio and strength training. Prospective members receive a comprehensive health assessment. Massage therapy and personal training are available.
Call 919-938-7581 for more information.
4200 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. 784-1371.
1515 S.W. Cary Parkway, Cary. 387-0080.
1400 Timber Drive East at White Oak Crossing, Garner. 661-6100.
What's offered: The centers offer customized fitness and health education programs. All three have heated indoor pools, sauna and steam rooms, whirlpools, exercise equipment and child activity areas. Swimming lessons for children and adults are available. The Raleigh center has an indoor track for year-round walking and jogging.
Go here for membership options and fees.
Fees: For individuals, enrollment is $125 and membership is $52 a month. Family and midday options are available.
The Wellness Center at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill. 966-5500.
What's offered: The program offers lifestyle education classes as well as a fitness center with a 25-yard lap pool and sauna, four-lane walking and jogging track indoors and a multipurpose room with a basketball court. Swim lessons and stress-reduction classes are among the offerings.
3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 350-8602.
What's offered: Healthworks members have access to the fitness center and its cardiovascular and resistance-training equipment plus all land-based exercise classes. Members get discounts on nutrition classes, posture assessments and personal training. Healthworks also offers massages, weight-management programs for adults and children, a golf-specific conditioning program and therapeutic aquatics.
Go here for membership information.