Restaurant helps fitness clients stay on track

Facility is part of health club

When clients at Condell Medical Center’s Centre Club fitness and rehab center finish a workout session or a health promotion class, they can step next door and enjoy a healthy meal. When the Libertyville, IL, medical center built its Centre Club fitness and rehab center, a 120-seat restaurant and dining room was included.

"The restaurant gives our clients an opportunity to dine out and practice what we preach," says Steve Aull, corporate director of fitness and wellness. The restaurant offers a balanced selection of menu items, including heart-healthy low-fat dishes. However, not all offerings are low in calories or fat. "The only reason some people work out is so they can eat what they want."

Facility available to public

The dining facility is rented to members of the health club and the general public. It’s been used for Chamber of Commerce dinners, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other social events. The hospital hosts educational programs there throughout the year. A number of local physicians’ groups hold meetings at the restaurant, Aull adds.

The Centre Club provides the food and staff or simply rents out the facility. "It’s a nice setting in a smoke-free building, and people like that," he says. The restaurant is on the upper level of the facility. On the lower level is the fitness club for members and a number of outpatient rehab programs, including outpatient physical therapy, sports medicine, and cardiac rehab.

The fitness center’s health promotion activities include weight loss programs for people of all ages, executive testing, fitness evaluations, and a women’s health program. "We try to offer the softer side of fitness, and our restaurant affords us a good opportunity to do so," Aull says.