Huntsville Hospital knows that in order to build a healthier and more active community, you have to move beyond the walls of the hospital.
Farm to (your) table
Every Thursday morning from late April through mid-October, local farmers’ gather outside the hospital’s Plaza Resource Center (corner of Governors Drive and Madison Street) for the HealthWorks Farmers Market. Madison Hospital recently started its own Wednesday morning farmers’ market. Depending on the month, you’ll find plump strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, vitamin-rich squash, juicy peaches and more—all grown on family farms in North Alabama. Fresh fruits and vegetables have myriad health benefits. Besides being excellent sources of fiber, vitamin C and other important nutrients, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a fruit- and vegetable rich diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers.
Get fit for less
The hospital’s Wellness Center locations in downtown Huntsville, Jones Valley and Madison are making it more affordable to get in shape. Under a new family-friendly rate plan, existing Wellness Center members can add a spouse or a child up to age 26 for just $15 a month. A family membership for three or more people is $74. Along with a wide array of fitness equipment, the Wellness Centers offer pools, indoor tracks, group classes, child care, athletic trainers, registered dietitians, therapists and exercise physiologists. Thanks to a reciprocal use agreement, members also get free access to wellness facilities operated by Athens- Limestone Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Marshall Medical Center North and South, and Helen Keller Hospital.
The hospital is also a founding sponsor of Healthy Huntsville, a partnership of community organizations and the City of Huntsville to offer free fitness and nutrition programs. Signature events include the Mayors Walking Challenge and the Autumn Chase Fun Run.
Research Park clinic
A new Huntsville Hospital Corporate Wellness primary care clinic in Cummings Research Park is helping the city’s high-tech workforce stay healthy. Located across from Bridge Street Town Centre, Employee Health Clinic at Research Park is led by David Huff, MD, a family physician with more than 30 years of experience. Several local companies have partnered with the clinic. Their employees and dependents can use Dr. Huff as their regular primary care provider or just swing by when they have a sore throat, sinus infection or other illness. Corporate Wellness also has a busy primary care clinic in the downtown Med Mall for employees of Huntsville Utilities and Madison County.
The City of Huntsville has an ambitious plan to build 160 miles of interconnected bicycle routes, bike lanes and greenways. By providing safe places to ride, municipal leaders hope to encourage more people to leave the car at home and pedal to work. Huntsville Hospital supports these initiatives and recently installed more bike racks around campus for our visitors, employees and physicians. Bruce Weddendorf, vice president of Straight to Ale brewery and founder of the Huntsville Urban Bike Share program, designed and made one-of-a-kind green, logo bicycle racks for Hospital Hospital.
Up in smoke
Huntsville Hospital is doing its part to encourage patients, visitors and employees to kick the tobacco habit. We have a strict campus-wide no smoking policy and offer an eight-week smoking cessation program at our Center for Lung Health. Need help quitting? Call (256) 265- 7071 to sign up for our smoking cessation program.