Medical Resort Or Med Spa?

Discover why the leading health resort may be a better choice than a traditional medical resort or med spa.

When people first call us, the first question they often ask is: "What exactly is Pritikin? Are you a medical resort? A med spa? A fat farm? I'm confused." This article does a nice job clarifying what the Pritikin Longevity Center is, and is not.

Pritikin is…

  • A leading health and wellness destination since 1975.
  • “Arguably the most effective diet, exercise, and lifestyle-change program in the world.” London Times
  • Credited with not just preventing but reversing conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and excess weight.
  • Set apart from other health resorts by its evidenced-based results, published in more than 100 studies in leading peer-reviewed journals like the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • “Where the A-list goes.” Business Week
  • The one health resort in America with heart-health education and exercise programs that are covered by Medicare.

Pritikin is not

  • A medical resort, which is often the term used to describe a place to convalesce after a hospital stay.
  • A med spa, which focuses on beauty treatments like botox.

The longest running, most scientifically proven program for healthy living

Since 1975, the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa has been a leading destination for cardiovascular health, weight loss, and relaxation.

People generally book health vacations at Pritikin for one week, two weeks, or longer. Also available four times annually are “Taste of Pritikin” weekends.

Praised by scientists from leading universities nationwide, the Pritikin Program is credited with not just preventing but reversing conditions like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

Wrote David Eisenberg, MD, of Harvard Medical School in Newsweek: “The Pritikin Program slows the arterial narrowing and clot formation that cause most heart attacks…and can clearly reduce people’s symptoms and improve their ability to function.”

What distinguishes Pritikin from other health and medical resorts are its evidence-based results, published in more than 100 studies in leading peer-reviewed journals. Within two to three weeks, the Pritikin Program was proven to:

  • “Reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol on average 23%1
  • Reduce triglycerides 33%2
  • Lower markers of chronic inflammation 39 to 45%3
  • Reverse the Metabolic Syndrome (a pre-diabetic condition) among 37 to 60% of adults4
  • Reduce blood pressure to normal levels and eliminate or reduce the need for blood pressure pills among the majority of hypertensives5
  • Lower blood glucose levels to normal levels and eliminate or reduce oral drug usage among nearly three-quarters of Type 2 diabetics6
  • Shed 11 pounds on average among men, and 7 pounds among women7
  • Enhance effectiveness of statin medications8


So strong is Pritikin’s scientific integrity that it is the one health resort in America with heart-health education and exercise programs that are covered by Medicare.

Paradise retreat

Located in Miami, Florida, Pritikin is not just a health institute; it is a paradise retreat surrounded by 650 acres of lush tropical gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, and five championship golf courses.

Our mission

“Our mission is to lead people back to health and vitality, and to give them real-world tools that will help them stay healthy long after they’ve left,” states cardiologist Ronald Scheib, MD, Medical Director of the Pritikin Longevity Center and former Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Miami Heart Institute.

An all-inclusive Pritikin Longevity Center stay includes:

  • Premier Physician Care.

    Six board-certified physicians are on staff at Pritikin with specialties that include cardiology and endocrinology. Each guest receives about 2-½ hours of individual medical counseling, beginning with medical health/fitness testing followed by personal consults to track progress. Key medical services include:

    Comprehensive health and fitness assessment and consultation that involves thorough analysis of health goals, dietary analysis, and weight-loss planning.

    Entry and exit blood panels, including cholesterol, inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein, triglycerides, insulin, and blood glucose.

    Cardiometabolic stress test for a customized exercise prescription.

    Additional physician consultations to closely track fitness gains, weight loss, medication dosages/reductions, and overall health progress.

  • Hotel Accommodations.

    Pritikin’s 123 rooms and suites are spacious (437 to 1,000+ square feet) and feature new spa décor, marble-appointed bathrooms, Internet access, and private balconies that make the most of golf course and garden views.

  • Healthy Gourmet Dining.

    Five nutritious gourmet meals and snacks are served daily. Guests enjoy local season-fresh foods such as tropical fruit, exquisitely prepared vegetables, and made-fresh-daily soups, as well as entrees like grilled bison, pasta primavera, and seared salmon, and desserts like chocolate mousse.

“The food tastes great,
and that’s saying something from a steakhouse guy like me.”

John Timothy Gannon,
Co-founder, Outback Steakhouse Restaurants, and frequent Pritikin guest

  • Healthy Food Workshops.

    Pritikin’s award-winning chefs teach topics such as Eating On the Go, Breakfast Tips, Lunch In Minutes, Gourmet Entertaining, and Delish Desserts.

  • Customized Fitness Program.

    University-degreed exercise physiologists lead workouts emphasizing Pritikin’s core program of cardio/fat burning, strength training, and flexibility, plus electives such as aqua-aerobics, spinning, yoga, Zumba dancing, and more.

“The results come fast.”
Prevention Magazine

  • Education in Healthy Lifestyle Change.

    Guests attend 3 to 5 seminars daily led by Pritikin’s faculty of 30+ physicians, nutritionists, psychologists, and exercise physiologists. Classes include: Revitalizing Your Heart, Healthy Restaurant Dining, The Calorie Density Solution, Mindful Eating, Managing Stress, Reversing Diabetes, Sexuality and Intimacy, and Lifelong Healthy Habits.

“The education you receive at Pritikin is mind-boggling.
In just weeks, you understand more about nutrition and exercise than most doctors.”

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, PhD, Dean, Yale University School of Management

“We’ve had decades of experience helping people who want to live a healthier life become people who are. Our classes imbue our guests with the confidence that they can successfully continue their healthy new life when they return home.”
Kimberly Gomer, Director of Nutrition, Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

World-class spa

If you’d like a little downtime in a beautiful spa setting, you will not be disappointed. Located at the Pritikin Longevity Center is a world-class spa featuring 32 treatment rooms, plus couples’ suites, and 100+ skin and body therapies.

Additional resort amenities

Complimentary use of resort facilities include indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, indoor/outdoor running tracks, and spa amenities like saunas, experiential showers, aromatherapy-infused steam rooms, and outdoor solariums.

Recreational options that are available for additional fees include five PGA championship golf courses.

Specialty Programs at the Pritikin Longevity Center

Family Programs, Young Adults Programs, Corporate Retreats, and Executive Health Physicals.

Summing up… “the gold standard”

“The Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa,” recently summed up, “has long been considered the gold standard in health and wellness support.”

Call for a personal consult today

For more information and reservations for the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa’s premier health resort, phone: 800.327.4914. Local and international calls: 305.935.7131.

1 Archives of Internal Medicine, 1991; 151: 1389.
2 Archives of Internal Medicine, 1991; 151: 1389.
3 Metabolism, 2004; 53: 377. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006; 100: 1657. Atherosclerosis, 2007; 191: 98.
4 Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndome, 2006; 1: 308. Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006; 100: 1657.
5 Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005; 98: 3.
6 Journal of Applied Physiology, 2005; 98: 3.
7 Archives of Internal Medicine, 1991; 151: 1389.
8 American Journal of Cardiology, 1997; 79: 1112.

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