For years, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley has been a popular exercise spot for people with disabilities. The new $4.75 million, 6,300-square-foot Arthur Andersen Minneapolis Alumni Fitness & Wellness Center is twice the size and was funded entirely by donations.
“The benefits of fitness in the general population are well known, but people with disabilities have difficulty finding accessible facilities and exercising at the level expected for the general population,” says Jeanne Olson, manager, Aquatics, Fitness and Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.
Courage Kenny’s Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise (ABLE) Program is the only Minnesota facility, and one of six nationally, that is part of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network. “We participate in research to see what type, intensity and duration of exercise make the greatest quality of life improvements for people with spinal cord injuries,” Olson says.
An additional locomotor treadmill at the new center should shorten the ABLE Program’s 18-month waiting list for clients with spinal cord injury, stroke or other neurological conditions. Like Carol Suchy, who slid from a snowmobile, crashed into a tree and was paralyzed from the waist down. “I am ecstatic over the progress I made during my first year. ABLE has given my life back to me,” says Suchy.
At the new center, all activities are on one floor, so clients and therapists can move smoothly between pool and land therapies. All weights and exercise equipment are accessible for people who use wheelchairs or have other physical challenges. Changing rooms and bathrooms have space for larger power wheelchairs and personal care assistants.
Public open house
What: Tours, refreshments and adaptive sports and recreation demonstrations
Where: The Arthur Andersen Minneapolis Alumni Fitness & Wellness Center, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, 3915 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, Minn.
When: Tuesday, June 13, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Register: People who would like to attend are asked to register by June 7, at 612-775-2589 or allinahealth.org/CKopenhouse.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation
Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage
Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute
provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and
long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout
Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has
multiple locations, and numerous
programs and services. For more information visit