Medically Supervised Exercise
Our Medically Supervised Exercise Program offers curriculums for individuals with various health issues. Patients can exercise in Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) rehabilitation facilities while being monitored by medical professionals.
For more information or to enroll in the program please contact Kenneth Montini at 914.458.8757.
What is the Medically Supervised Exercise Program?
The Medically Supervised Exercise Program is individually designed and supervised by the program team to ensure integration with your Care Plan. For example, pulmonary patients will be provided with oxygen, if needed, and supervised by a respiratory therapist with expertise in exercise physiology.
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Primary Goals for Your Rehabilitation
- Maintain and improve endurance and cardiovascular fitness
- Increase range of motion / flexibility
- Maintain and improve muscle strength and endurance
- Improve lean muscle mass
- Improve mood and self esteem
- Promote wellness and quality of life
Who Can Benefit
For individuals with a history of pulmonary disease, cancer survivors, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and those with other chronic diseases, exercise has been shown to be beneficial in improving physical function and quality of life.
What the Program Includes
Your Medically Supervised Exercise Program begins with a medical and fitness assessment by the program’s Medical Director, and an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. A specific exercise prescription and treatment plan is then formulated for you.
You will participate in an exercise program consisting of three 1-hour sessions per week. You will be monitored and evaluated throughout the program to maintain safe and effective exercise progression, and to determine if the goals of your program are being met. In addition, you will be given a home exercise program in order to achieve his/her goals.
A physician referral is required for participation in the program, and the cost of the program depends upon your insurance coverage or can be offered to you at little cost. Periodic reports can be made available to your physician.
The program is run under a team of healthcare professionals headed by our Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Harlan Weinberg, MD. Dr. Weinberg is fellowship trained in pulmonary medicine, and board certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine.