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The Lifestyle Center set to reopen on Wednesday, March 17

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  • Written By: Laura Florez-McCusker

VISALIA – The Lifestyle Center, a division of Kaweah Health, will reopen tomorrow on Wednesday, March 17, now that Tulare County has moved to the next, and less restrictive, phase of the state’s reopening framework.

“We feel confident that we’re in a position now where we can safely reopen The Lifestyle Center,” said Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Health, which operates the medically-based fitness and rehabilitation facility in Visalia. “It appears by all accounts that we’re moving out of the crisis of battling the sickness of this virus and we’re transitioning back into focusing on the health and well-being of our community.”

The medically-based fitness and rehabilitation facility will re-open at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, in the first step of its phased re-opening plan. During this phase, in order to enter the facility, members will need to undergo temperature checks, answer screening questions, and wear a facemask. Members will be required to wear facemasks throughout the duration of their visit, said Patrick Tazio, Director of TLC. Hours have been temporarily modified during this time to: 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

“We know this has not been an easy time for any of us, but we hope this is a sign of good things to come,” Tazio said. “Our hope is that it won’t be long until we can safely support a full re-opening of our facility.”

Initially, the center will reopen with cardio and strength equipment (spaced six feet apart throughout the facility and in the gymnasium area), along with the track, the lap pool, the warm water pool and locker rooms. TLC’s phased re-opening plan, which follow guidelines from the State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Medical Fitness Association, is listed on its website at

The number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in Tulare County, will determine the timeline of the center’s phase II and phase III rollout. TLC closed its doors most recently on July 13 in response to the Governor’s shutdown order. TLC is a division of Kaweah Health and a medically-based fitness and rehabilitation facility that offers a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment, exercise rooms, and activities for all ages and abilities in a 55,000-square-foot facility in Visalia.

Kaweah Health is a publicly owned community healthcare organization that provides comprehensive health services to the greater Visalia region and Tulare County. For more information, visit #