The Core: TMC’s new wellness center opens today at La Encantada

coreFrom sponsoring community runs to providing free car seats to children in need, Tucson Medical Center has long been committed to strengthening the health of the community outside the walls of the hospital.

TMC’s new wellness center at La Encantada – The Core – is an extension of that commitment.

Opening on Friday, Nov. 28, The Core isn’t a clinic, although it will be a venue for health screenings and a place for TMC’s clinicians to share their expertise in a comfortable, welcoming environment. It’s also not a fitness club, although fitness activities are a regular part of the schedule.

Instead, it’s about an integrated approach to building a strong foundation for healthy living, whether participants are already managing a chronic disease or working to prevent disease in the first place.

“Whether you are talking about physical health, intrinsic values or emotional resilience, a strong core is the source of performance, balance and stability,” said Julia Strange, TMC’s Vice President of Community Benefit. “Establishing that core infrastructure of good health provides the foundation for every other aspect of your life.”

The Core will open in January with a full roster of programming, but will be offering throughout December a taste of what is to come in 2015, from fitness classes to health conversations covering nutrition to exercise to brain health and how to better manage menopause.

The Core is an extension of TMC’s well-established relationship with La Encantada, from sponsoring the regular running and walking event, Meet Me at La Encantada, to sponsoring Snowfall, which opens Friday as well.

“By the time people seek healing at the hospital, we have missed some opportunities to help them find their own path to wellness,” said Tim Bentley, manager of The Core and an avid runner himself. “This is a way to extend our reach into the community whether folks are looking for ways to better manage diabetes, have a question about finding a doctor, want information about the latest surgical techniques or are curious about how technology can be a useful tool for promoting better health.”

For more information about the upcoming calendar of events, please visit the center’s website at online or on Facebook at The Core at La Encantada.

The Arizona Daily Star previewed The Core’s opening here:

For those in the neighborhood on Black Friday, opening day, swing by and say hello. The Core is on the second floor, just a few doors down from RA Sushi. Among the planned events:

  • A No Weight Gain Challenge through the holidays;
  • A reprieve for those needing a break from shopping, with the NFL on the big screens and a holiday fun photo corner;
  • Holiday arts and crafts for the kids starting at 4:30 p.m., leading up to Snowfall.

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