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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

**The Vitality land program has begun re-introducing previously active participants back into exercise programs at the Institute for Human Performance. We are accepting newly interested participants on a wait list.
Vitality Aquatics Program continues to be temporarily closed. A re-opening date will be announced when we are able to do so with appropriate safety measures.**


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.

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:
  • Supervision and guidance from trained and experienced professionals, specializing in various chronic conditions and diseases
  • Indoor Track
  • Strength and Cardiovascular equipment
  • Full-size pool; moveable floor; wheelchair access

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