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Vitality Fitness Programs


If you, or someone you know, is interested in enrolling in a Vitality program or would simply like to learn more, please call:

Carol Sames, PhD,
Vitality Program Director
315-464-9992 or
Upstate Connect 1-800-464-8668 (toll free).
Contact: Carol Sames,
Vitality Fitness Program
Location: 2016 Institute For Human Performance
505 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-9992
Email: samesc@upstate.edu

**Vitality land and aquatics programs are closed due to Novel Coronavirus concerns effective Tuesday March 17th until further notice. We will be contacting our participants when we have a reopening date. We apologize for the inconvenience.**

A program designed to improve your prospects for a healthier and more active future, Vitality was conceived as a natural extension of the programs and activities offered through the traditional health care system.

Most of the programs at the Institute for Human Performance (IHP) are research-based and the outstanding facilities allow for a wide variety of activities to support this research.

The Vitality programs recognize the importance of regular physical activity that incorporates cardiovascular and strength exercises. The aquatic exercise classes are specifically designed for participants who have difficulty with traditional exercise, weight-bearing activity, or for those who have chronic pain, or limited range of motion.

Take a listen as our Director, Carol Sames, PhD discusses the importance of strength training for seniors with HealthLink On Air

Reducing Risk through Exercise


Exercise has proven to reduce the risk factors associated with conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, improve health and contribute to an increase in life expectancy and enjoyment. Evidence also suggests that involvement in regular exercise can improve brain function, decrease symptoms of depression, and improve self-esteem.

Participation in any exercise program at the Vitality Fitness Program must be approved by the participant's physician. After the approval is obtained, an initial assessment of the patient's health and functional capacity is scheduled with a Vitality staff member.

Program Features

Advanced features that open up vast possibilities for health promotion, rehabilitation, and research studies:
  • Indoor Track
  • Strength and Cardiovascular equipment
  • Full-size pool; moveable floor; wheelchair access

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