Melanie had an idea that has grown into what ExercisAbilities is today. ExercisAbilities is a social enterprise nonprofit business model. We work hard to sustain a fiscally responsible practice while utilizing the generosity of our community to design programs that impact those of every ethnic, age, ability, and economic population. Our impact in Southeast MN is defined by the health of our community. Melanie designed our mission to assure that all people have access to a thing that we know through years of research improves health – physical activity and health education. There are nearly 10,000 people in Rochester alone who live with at least one disabling condition, either physical, intellectual, or medical. Many of those are below the poverty level due to that disability. People of all ages are struggling to find affordable access to basic rehabilitation, health and fitness opportunities and insurances are paying for less and less. As reimbursement declines for essential physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services, the need to grow more adaptive health and wellness programming through assisted physical activity grows. EA is here to bridge the gap for you when therapy ends too soon or is restricted from you. Melanie designed the unique model of combining access to the skills and knowledge of licensed therapists with the energy, skill and motivation of exercise, recreation, and nutrition professionals. This new model makes a powerful team. Our participants are healthier, happier, and are more active in their home and community because they did not have to give up. They get to keep working on getting better to achieve all of their goals.
Melanie dreams to be able to turn no one away who has a goal of better health and is ready to embrace a new, healthier lifestyle to get there. Achievement of those dreams are only limited by our strength as a community, to work together to make this goal possible for everyone – even if they need a lot of help to get there.