Best Medicine

The Beacon Health & Fitness Best Medicine program is divided into several different diagnoses. The individual programs conduct specialized fitness classes designed to help improve all aspects of the participant.

ARTHRITIS FITNESS, Joint Venture
This is for anyone who has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and joint replacement or joint pain. The exercises will help relieve your pain and improve your body movement, along with enhancing your balance and overall strength through activities in a warm-water therapy pool.

AUTISM FITNESS, Piece of the Puzzle
Focus on improving the health and fitness of individuals with Autism. Autism Fitness will focus on helping to improve five separate disciplines – fundamental skills, game and sport related skills, making judgement, connecting with others, and empathy. Participants are assessed prior to the start of the session, as well as throughout the class to track progress. Exercise has been proved to improve health and fitness, motor skills, and some behaviors in individuals with Autism.

CANCER FITNESS, Restorative Fitness at Memorial Regional Cancer Center
Exercise, during and after cancer treatment, is proven to enhance recovery. Less pain, more energy, strength and endurance are just some of the health benefits you can experience with Restorative Fitness.

CONTINUED CARE, Guided Path
This program provides assistance for those that are finished with physical therapy or those with morbidities and are eager to continue improving, along with prevention of re-injury.

DOWN SYNDROME FITNESS, Uplift
Improves overall health, especially cardiovascular and strength for individuals with Down Syndrome. Designed as a circuit-style workout, includes focus on balance, motor functions, coordination along with cardiovascular & strength activities. *Mishawaka Location Only

HEART ATTACK/HEART DISEASE FITNESS, Heart Healthy
Congratulations on completing your initial cardiac rehab – you are now ready for the next step in improving your heart health. Next, you will continue cardiac fitness, with the addition of strength, endurance and yoga exercises. Your progress is monitored and shared with your physicians.

NEUROLOGICAL AQUATIC FITNESS, NeuroH2O
For those with a diagnosed neurological condition such as neuropathy, stroke, spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury, this program will help improve your quality of life through activities in the warm water therapy pool. It can also enhance your balance, flexibility, endurance, strength and thinking.

PARKINSON’S FITNESS, CLIMB
This program will help improve your quality of life through better breathing, movement, balance and posture. It also builds a sense of camaraderie and friendship among participants and caregivers.

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD) FITNESS , Steps Ahead
Exercise training is critically important to prevent and help treat PAD. You will take part in cardiovascular exercise sessions for 45-60 minutes. Exercise Physiologists will customize programs specific to you to increase exercise tolerance, along with increased blood flow in the legs, improve walking efficiency, increase strength and improve quality of life.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT, MOVE
Focus on setting realistic goals and developing new physical activity habits while pursuing a healthy weight. MOVE helps tackle co-morbidities which encompass high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated glucose levels and BMI that exceed 30. Participants go through a health assessment, take part in cardiovascular activity, strength & flexibility training and discuss nutritional needs. These group classes allow participants to get the support to succeed in this journey to a healthier person. Classes are led by Fitness Specialists, Wellness Coaches and Nutritional Information provided by Registered Dietitians. This collaboration will lead our members to success in their weight management journey.

* Membership to Beacon Health & Fitness and a physician referral are required to participate in the Best Medicine programs.