Medicare now pays for a weight loss and lifestyle change program call the Diabetes Prevention Program at Exercisabilities! See if you qualify today!

Have you been told that you have pre-diabetes?

Do you have a family history of Type 2 diabetes?
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 You are not alone…86 Million American Adults have prediabetes

Now You Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes!

Next class start October 1, 2018 – Join Us!

Exercisabilities is Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with a proven program called the DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program).  Exercisabilities is the only site in Southeast MN to get the CDC recognition as an official delivery site and the first in the state to be approved as a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.  That means that if you qualify (see below) you can likely participate in the full year program under full insurance coverage.  Insurances that are covering the program at EA include:

  • Medicare
  • MN Medicaid
  • Ucare
  • BCBS
  • United Health Care
  • Mayo Clinic Health Solutions
  • And more!

To qualify, you must:

  • 18 years or older
  • No previous diagnosis of diabetes
  • BMI > 24 (22 if asian) (example 5’8” and greater than 170 lbs)
    At least one of the following in the past year (need a copy of the Lab report on file)\

    • HbA1C: 5.7% – 6.4%
    • Fasting plasma glucose 100-125 mg/dL (Medicare requires 110-125 mg/dl)
    • 2 hour plasma glucose (after a 75 gm glucose load): 140-199 mg/dL
    • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes (is not a qualification for Medicare)

OR

you can TAKE THE TEST  to see if you qualify. However, your insurance will likely only cover the program if you have the above items.  You can participate for just $750 for the full year even if your insurance does not pay or if you do not have the above qualifications as a weight loss program.

How to sign up

To register, go to wellconnectsemn.org or call us at 507-259-7570

No Physician referral required – You may self-refer

The Program:

26 sessions over 1 year. This is a research program. Regular attendance is required as well as a goal attainment of 5% weight loss in the first 6 months.
Free access to exercise equipment through gym pass 2 days per week from 5-6 for the first 6 months. Learn to be fit class 5-6 PM each Monday and Wednesday staffed with an exercise specialist for circuit strength and cardio training instruction.

Lose up to 7% of your current weight while learning to how to change your lifestyle to support better eating, become more active, and get improved health reports!

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Laurie Brengman, Dietitian and DPP Lifestyle coach at Exercisabilities. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, DPP participants are making lasting changes together.”

Resources

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Find your BMI

 

Download a pdf giving you more information on how to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program.

See www.cdc.gov/ndpp  for more information.

Press Release – Family Fun Adventure at Exercisabilities

For Immediate Release
August 21, 2018
 

Contacts: 
Melanie Brennan
Executive Director/CEO
Melanie@exercisabilitiespt.org
507-259-7570

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 the whole community to explore nature and live a bit on the wild side while getting a little exercise and maybe even trying something new!    All proceeds go to support our many programs and services at EA.

Did you know EA is 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?

 

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

Location:  Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

When: Saturday, August 25th at 9:00 AM

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!

Family Fun Adventure Day is just 4 days away!

ExercisABILITIES biggest fundraiser of the year is 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!).  Register at the event from 9:00AM to 9:30 AM.

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

Registration available at the event.

 

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!!