Family Fun Adventure Day is Here!

Join ExercisABILITIES biggest fundraiser of the year on August 25th, 2018!  This adventure filled, family friendly event is fully accessible for all ages and abilities to join the fun.  Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch offers many opportunities for Exercisabilities and you, our friends, to explore nature and live a bit on the wild side while getting a little exercise and maybe even trying something new!  Our peer to peer format allows you to create your own fundraising goal and then share it with friends and family.  Write your story of why EA is so important to you and then share it on email and social media.  In addition, you can also start a Facebook fundraiser and those funds will also go toward your fundraising goal.  There will be many great prizes for top fundraisers.  All proceeds go to support our many programs and services at EA.

Did you know we are a 501c3 organization and depend on raised funds to keep all of our program as low cost as possible and accessible to all financial abilities?

Can you help us reach our goal of raising $25,000 at this event??

Check out our fun filled day of activities! ALL activities are fully ACCESSIBLE for all!  Register prior to Aug 15th and get a free T-shirt!

$25.00 per person or $50 max per family (kids are free!)

VOLUNTEER at the event and get 50% off registration if you would like!

Schedule of events:

9:00 Registration

9:30 Family Fun Run, Walk and Roll

10:15-11:15 Horseback Riding

10:00-1:00 Yard Games

10:00-1:00 Petting Zoo

10:00-11:30 Mini Golf tournament

11-1 Kids Carnival

11:00-12:30 Picnic Lunch

11:30 Program, Prizes and Raffle drawings

12:00-2:00 S’mores


12:00-2:00 Laser Tag

12:00-1:30 Zip Line

Register today!


Annual Physical Therapy Senior Check Ups: A Recommendation for Everyone

Time for a Check-up!

Prevention, wellness, and disease management have moved into the forefront of health over the past decade as research continues to show the significant benefits of lifestyle changes on health. Lifestyle changes, including increased physical activity, can lead to health benefits in those with chronic disease, prevent or manage a number of noncommunicable diseases, and lead to an increased quality of life.

Medical Fitness at ExercisAbilitiesDr. Daniel Millrood, PT, EdM and Charlette Chua, PT, DPT have been practicing, teaching, and promoting research that focuses on preventative health care, injury prevention, health promotion, physical fitness, and wellness for more than 3 decades.

They site that “it is almost incomprehensible that despite ongoing advances in biomedical, pharmaceutical, and information technologies, the current health care system in the United States is failing. The United states spends more per capita on health care than any other nation. Yet, the incidence and/or cost of managing obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis (OA), and cancer are enormous.”

They suggest that “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2011 may or may not have been the answer, but the triple aims of health care reform—focusing on cost, access, and quality of care—are solid. A system that emphasizes preventative, patient-centered care, provided and managed by a multidisciplinary team of providers that includes physical therapists (PTs) as specialists on movement and function, is a solution that would allow our health care system to cost-effectively maximize the amazing resources we have at our fingertips.”

The APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) envisions physical therapists as primary-point practitioners in the preventative health care arena. Millrood and Chua site that physical therapists often treat individuals after disease and/or injury has already affected patients and their families.

It has become increasingly clear that a more preventative approach allowing the “skilled physical therapist services prior to the onset of injury, disease, and illness, including intervention and patient education, could prevent unwanted suffering and loss of quality of life that results from a lack of physical fitness.”

This realization led to the development of a physical therapy-based adult fitness examination.

It’s time for your Physical Therapy Check-up

An annual assessment with a physical therapist is used to determine health status and identify health risks of individuals in their community.

Client Benefits: Physical therapists have the education, experience, and expertise necessary to provide a broad health screening to allow tracking the patient’s health status over time. It may also lead to necessary, more in depth, physical therapy assessment and treatment plan or to referral to another health care professional for potential problems identified during the checkup.

In 2012, Millrood and Chua produced the Adult Fitness Examination (AFE) which is a comprehensive, noninvasive, evidence-based physical therapy approach to assessing the fitness of asymptomatic adults. It incorporates fitness components of musculoskeletal alignment, balance, range of motion and manual muscle testing that are not addressed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The AFE measures functional performance and uses common physical therapy test and measures. The AFE can be used to monitor wellness outcomes over time and promotes interdisciplinary communication regarding adult fitness.

Thus, even asymptomatic or “healthy” individuals are strongly encouraged to have an annual PT check-up. Individuals that have functional limitations or disabilities are encouraged for an annual therapist assessment at a minimum to optimize needed safe and effective exercise capabilities and benefits. Therapists can help guide individuals to safe and effective exercise programs, assist in finding resources for community health and wellness classes, medical fitness classes and/or adaptive classes and programs available in your area.

Physical activity is a powerful intervention, as evidenced by the numerous studies showing its relationship to morbidity and mortality in well populations as well as populations with functional limitations, impairments, or disabilities. Perhaps most importantly, physically active adults report greater quality of life and enhanced productivity at work and with leisure activities. An Adult Fitness Examination or annual PT checkup by physical therapist can help direct individuals on a pathway of health and wellness, help keep them on track, and assist with prevention of future disease risk. Schedule yours today!

Resource: Millrood, D., & Chua, C. (2012). Adult fitness examination: A physical therapy approach. Alexandria, VA: American Physical Therapy Association.

Lisa Bailey PT  is a physical therapist at Exercisabilities.  She specialized in senior fall prevention, aquatic therapy, and many of adult and senior therapy topics.

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Exercisabilities Pediatric Clinic Open House

Come check out the latest addition to our clinical services and join in on a “fun”draiser at the same time.  Exercisabilities now offers pediatric services in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to all individuals from birth to 100+.

On Tuesday, April 17th, Exercisabilities will hold our Spring Open House which will feature a family fun event with Art on the Go‘s Nicki Novotne, Root Beer Floats, henna tattoos, raffle, yummy snacks and more all to support our new pediatric rehabilitation programs and services.

Open House: April 17, Tuesday 4:30-6:30

Ribbon cutting for Pediatric Center at 4:00PM


Art on the go Fundraiser: 5:30-7:30

Price: Open House is Free,  Art on the Go Family Fundraiser is $35.00/person ($10.00 will go back to EA as your donation)

No sign up required for the open house.  To participate in Art on the Go, click here.

(children ages 5-7 must have a parent helping, ages 8 and up can paint on their own.)

We will be selecting and asking for volunteer to showcase their art in our first ever Exercisabilities art exhibit to brighten up our new pediatric space. We look forward to seeing everyone’s work or art!

We will see you there!!


Make a Change in Childhood Obesity Rates, Refer to KidShape 2.0 at Exercisabilities

Childhood Obesity

Is a multifaceted problem that needs a multifacted solution.

Be a part of the solution

Did you know that the rate of US youths ages 2 to 19 who were obese rose from 14% in 1999 to 18.5% in 2015 and 2016, with the most significant increase among those ages 2 to 5?   These findings also showed a significantly higher obesity risk among Hispanics and African-Americans, compared with whites.  Obesity is on the rise, and so is the onset of Type II Diabetes (caused by poor lifestyle habits and is directly coorelated to obesity) in children as young as 5 years old.  Our youth are beginning a health decline at a younger and younger age and only a change in lifestyle habits will turn this dismal outlook around.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Well, if only it was that easy.  Increasingly busy families are causing parents to put their own health on the back burner.  Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, greater number of jobs sitting at a desk, no time to properly grocery shop, meal plan, or cook…does this sound familiar?  What are these habits leading to?  Unhealthy families and unhealthy children.

Parents serve as the primary role models for their children.  But not only that, parents are the ones caring for the children, and what the parents are eating and what activities the parents are getting or promoting, is also what the children are eating or doing.  The correct approach to turn around the statistics on childhood obesity is to address the problems causing the issues with the entire family.  A well running family results most often in a healthy child.

Exercisabilities is here to help address childhood obesity with the entire family in our new KidShape Program!  KidShape is a comprehensive evidence-based pediatric weight management program for families with children ages 6-12 years of age that is proven to work!  When you need to help a family with an overweight or obese child, we are here to help!

Exercisabilities is Committed to Improving the Health of Olmsted County,

by starting with reducing childhood obesity. KidShape 2.0 includes interactive nutrition activities, with a family cooking program and physical activity education component as well.  It is delivered by a Registered Dietitian and a youth exercise specialist, utilizing the KidShape 2.0 curriculum, which is evidence based and developed by a team of experts which included dietitians, a professional chef, youth exercise experts, teachers, and behavior change psycholotherapists.  KidShape 2.0 includes:

  • Interactive family-based weight management lessons focus on eating healthy, moving more, and feeling good.
  • an initial individualized assessment
  • 6 interactive sessions which include nutrition games and activities, family cooking program, cognitive behavior modification, self-esteem and parenting support, fun physical activities, and more!
  • 8 ongoing monthly meetings with similar format
  • Adult and age appropriate color workbooks
  • Self-monitoring kid-friendly tracking tool

For more information, see our website

Medical, physical, or cognitive disorders welcome!


How to refer a family to KidShape at Exercisabilities

The KidShape 2.0 program, delivered by our registered dietitian, is potentially reimbursable by insurance as group medical nutrition therapy.  It does require a prescription from a qualified medical provider in order to be billed.  If you are not a medical provider, you can have the child schedule a visit with their primary care provider and send a letter to them indicating your recommendations.

Fax the signed prescription with diagnosis indicating the child’s percentile based diagnosis code (overweight or obese) and contact information, along with order specification for :

  •  1 Medical Nutrition Assessment
  • 16 group medical nutrition therapy sessions
  • Length of term- 1 year from start

We will take care of everything from there.  We will contact their insurance company to insure coverage and notify them of any potential out of pocket expense based on this analysis (co-pays or deductibles will apply).

Classes are for groups of 12 children and their families.  Classes are beginning May 2018 and will be rolling from then on.

Fax:  888-624-3107/ Phone:  507-259-7570


2530 Broadway Ave N

Rochester, MN 55906

Pediatric Therapy Program at Exercisabilities

Pediatric Therapy Program at Exercisabilities

Why a specialized pediatric program is important when a child needs therapy.


Tessah Skoog, PT,DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Beginning in January 2018, Exercisabilities now offers a pediatric program to meet the needs of the children in our community.  This new program creates a continuum of care from infant to adulthood in one location.  Your child can grow with their therapy program instead of growing out of it.  With a team just for kids, we now provide speech, occupational and physical therapy. We your child to be as independent as possible!

Similar Goals, Different Paths

Treatment for our pediatric program is not significantly different than that of our adult population. However, there are many things to consider when treating a pediatric client:

  • What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the parents’ goals for their children?
  • How can we get a child to actively participate in “play” that is therapeutic and purposeful?
  • What if a child won’t do what I want them to? Can I alter each activity to make it skilled and appropriate?

With the adult population, it is easier to make a plan at the beginning of your session and follow it straight through. For example, you might have an adult who has a diagnosis of post stroke. The session will focus on stretching, cardiovascular training, functional activities with sit to stands, reaching or gait training. At the beginning of the session, the client is educated on how the course of the session is likely to go, they agree, and the session is over before you know it.

Pediatric Program Takes Creativity and Passion

With the pediatric population, we need a different approach. There needs to be a variety of activities planned for therapeutic play and the child often does not cooperate the entire time. It takes creativity, energy and passion to treat a pediatric client. With ages ranging from 0-18 (and sometimes older) the pediatric population can provide challenges with how to facilitate functional activities. If you want to get a child to roll, how can you activate the appropriate muscles on the floor, on a stability ball? Use of a variety or resources is needed. It takes more than just telling the child to roll; it involves play, demonstration, and clapping when the activity is completed appropriately.

Consider a child that needs to strengthen their calves.   You want them to reach over head and go on to their tippy toes. Well, you need a mirror, a shelf or something for them to reach for. It then becomes an activity that they don’t even realize they are doing! They are on their toes reaching for their favorite toy above them because they want it so bad! A pediatric session waxes and wanes, it’s a rollercoaster. You don’t spend 15 minutes on one activity, you’re lucky to get 5 minutes!

Team of Therapists

It also takes a team.  The needs a developing child can be very different from that of an adult.  Things like learning development, speech development, social interaction, and ability to play can be impacted by trauma, cognitive or physical impairments.  Exercisabilities has an experienced pediatric team of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy to work on all aspects of recovery and development.

But what about school therapy, isn’t that enough or doesn’t the school have an obligation to provide therapy to all children in need.  Yes, school-based therapies are important.  The goals of school-based therapies are to insure that all children get equal access to and benefit from school education.  Often, it is not enough.  For recovery and improved development to occur, frequency of intervention is key.  Accessing an outpatient skilled therapy program in addition to your periodic school-based therapies is often essential for success to occur.

Early Intervention

The overall benefit of a utilizing a separate and specialized pediatric therapy program with early intervention is to promote a higher level of independence lifelong for your child. We want each child to do as much as they can! With regularly scheduled therapies available at younger ages, strength can develop earlier, contractures can be prevented, speech can be improved, social interaction will excel, strategies for families and school can be made, and necessary equipment discovered.  As the child grows, adjustments need to be made often to make for a successful overall plan.  Pediatric therapy is IMPORTANT! Exercisabilities wants to be a place that makes all things POSSIBLE for children (and adults)!

At the end of the day, pediatric or adult, the goals are the same: to help each person reach their full potential and to improve. How we reach our goals and get to our final destination looks VERY different. Age is a number, but we need to be mindful how we meet the needs of our patients at all ages.


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