The Club at Mediterra | Naples Illustrated | October, 2013

"Mediterra named among America's Healthiest Clubs"

Mediterra continues to receive local and national accolades as one of the best places to live and play. Now, the Club at Mediterra has been named one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, ranking it among the top 10 percent of private clubs for its commitment to fitness and wellness for members and staff.

Mediterra now qualifies for inclusion as one of 2013’s top 100 healthiest clubs in the country.

America’s Healthiest Clubs program is presented by Prevo Health Solutions, a California firm specializing in workplace wellness, member usage, retention and recruitment for the club industry. Clubs are scored in five categories: fitness, nutrition, staff, members and facilities. Only those receiving 800 points or more on a 1,000-point scale qualify as a healthy club.

An on-site visit in September generated a 70-page Health Report that called Mediterra’s number and diversity of fitness classes “exceptional in comparison to other clubs,” and cited the fitness center’s use by 65 percent of all members as “astounding.” The report also recognized the club’s food and beverage department for offering diverse menus and healthy options, including gluten-free and heart-healthy dishes, and dubbed the community a “trendsetter” for introducing its popular bocce league, creating a virtual fitness program and being among a handful of private clubs offering the MyZone heart monitoring system and integrated body composition.

“The latest equipment, newest teaching techniques and cutting-edge technology are readily available with a full calendar of events to meet the needs of the members,” the report noted. “The Club at Mediterra offers members some of the most advanced fitness and exercise equipment available on the market and the most comprehensive and integrated player-specific golf and tennis conditioning programs we have seen.”

“Our conditioning programs have attracted top certified and trained staff and produced a collaboration between golf, tennis and fitness professionals who work together to integrate conditioning, strengthening and balance into sports-specific instruction,” said Tony Falangas, director of sports operations at Mediterra. “The Club also hosts wellness programs, offers on-call sports psychologists and physical therapists, and sponsors open house clinics.”

“The Club at Mediterra eclipses other clubs when it comes to member engagement, wellness, member participation and programming,” according to the report. “It offers a culture of wellness and a management team that rivals the best private clubs in the nation. We found each of the department heads to be forward thinking, trend-setting, health-conscious leaders with an interest in making each year better than the previous year.”

Mediterra CEO and General Manager Tom Wallace remarked, “Our members tell us that our approach to wellness is fundamental to their quality of life and one of the primary reasons they joined.”

America’s top 100 clubs will be announced during the Club Managers Association of America’s annual conference in February and featured in the February 2014 issue of BoardRoom magazine.

Mediterra, recently named an eight-time winner of the Collier Building Industry Association’s Sand Dollar Award for Community of the Year, has also been recognized with BoardRoom’s prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club, an honor attained by only the top five percent of private clubs in the world. An expansion and renovation to The Sports Club’s tennis complex earned national honors from the United States Tennis Association, one of just 19 tennis facilities in the country to receive a USTA Outstanding Facility Award.

For more information about Mediterra, visit, call toll-free 866-954-8939, or visit Mediterra, located on Livingston Road, two miles north of Immokalee Road and west of I-75. The award-winning Mediterra Sales Gallery is open daily.

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