CDC's Lifestyle Center Will Aim To Encourage Health Choices
five-story, $18-million multi-purpose facility that will house 300
employees and a 15,000-square-foot Lifestyle Center encouraging
wellness as well as physical fitness is under construction for the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) The CDC also
dedicated a new Clifton Road streetscape, a secure buffer for the
Roybal campus featuring wide sidewalks and greenspace for pedestrians.
additions are excellent examples of CDC’s commitment to two
overarching goals of health promotion and preparedness," said CDC
Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. "At the new Lifestyle Center, we will
refine what we know works to help all people, including our own
employees, achieve the best possible health at every stage of life. The
new streetscape meets our security needs, yet allows ongoing
interaction between CDC and the surrounding community."
The Lifestyle Center, designed to support and encourage healthy choices by CDC employees, will offer:
- Indoor cardiovascular and strength-building equipment
- Classes ranging from yoga to aerobics to t’ai chi
- Outdoor walking paths, game tables, meditation areas
- Healthy foods and beverages
CDC will also
explore fitness and wellness "best practices" at the Lifestyle Center
through partnerships with fitness and sporting goods manufacturers,
managed care providers, insurers, and food and beverage makers.
Findings will be shared broadly with others interested in promoting
healthy lifestyle choices.
"Our goal is
for CDC’s new Lifestyle Center to set the standard for workplace
wellness," said Dr. William Dietz, director of CDC’s nutrition
and physical activity program. "Our hope is that we’ll be able to
create an environment that will be open and attractive to fitness
newcomers, hardcore enthusiasts, and those who fall in the middle."
Features of the Clifton Road streetscape include:
- wide sidewalks set back from traffic on Clifton Road,
- open fence of crab orchard stone veneer and vertical pickets,
- covered pavilion – the new primary entry point to CDC for pedestrians, and
- new landscaping that complements mature trees, shrubbery.
For more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit www.cdc.gov.