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Unique gym opens in Louisville with goal of providing access to those with disabilities

Louisville is again on the forefront of medical innovation, most recently as a champion for those with disabilities.”It’s real important to be able to continue those skills after your exit from rehab because you need to keep your health and your strength,” David Allgood said. “I can do cardio, I can do weights.”David Allgood is a member of the UofL Health Frazier Rehab Institute Community Fitness and Wellness Gym and goes three days a week. The equipment in the gym is wheelchair accessible for those with movement disabilities.”Post-stroke, brain injury, spinal cord or any other kind of mobility or paralysis disorder,” chief administrative officer of Frazier Rehab Institute Cathy Spalding said.The gym is now on the ground floor of UofL Health’s Medical Plaza II which makes it even more accessible.”There is no place else where I can find the wheelchair-accessible cardiovascular and strength training equipment that I can use,” Frazier Rehab Institute board trustee and founder of non-profit Gathering Strength Elizabeth Fust said.According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 35% of Kentuckians are disabled. Those who are disabled are also three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.”A lot of my fellow people that I’ve known for years that have spinal cord injuries have either passed away or a lot of diabetes, a lot of heart disease and I’ve been very fortunate to be able to exercise,” Allgood said.Shannon Shifrin said she’s fortunate too. Shifrin has been dealing with multiple sclerosis for 10 years and she said the gym would help her keep defying the odds.”Doctors have told me that every day it’s going to get worse,” Shifrin said. “By actually doing the workouts here, I’ve been able to maintain and not get worse.”Mayor Greg Fischer said it makes Louisville more inclusive.”There is no house like the house of belonging and this, friends, is a house of belonging,” Fischer said.For the next two years, a grant of the $190,000 from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will help with upgrading equipment, further marketing the program and growing its membership through Gathering Strength.

Louisville is again on the forefront of medical innovation, most recently as a champion for those with disabilities.

“It’s real important to be able to continue those skills after your exit from rehab because you need to keep your health and your strength,” David Allgood said. “I can do cardio, I can do weights.”

David Allgood is a member of the UofL Health Frazier Rehab Institute Community Fitness and Wellness Gym and goes three days a week. The equipment in the gym is wheelchair accessible for those with movement disabilities.

“Post-stroke, brain injury, spinal cord or any other kind of mobility or paralysis disorder,” chief administrative officer of Frazier Rehab Institute Cathy Spalding said.

The gym is now on the ground floor of UofL Health’s Medical Plaza II which makes it even more accessible.

“There is no place else where I can find the wheelchair-accessible cardiovascular and strength training equipment that I can use,” Frazier Rehab Institute board trustee and founder of non-profit Gathering Strength Elizabeth Fust said.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 35% of Kentuckians are disabled. Those who are disabled are also three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer.

“A lot of my fellow people that I’ve known for years that have spinal cord injuries have either passed away or a lot of diabetes, a lot of heart disease and I’ve been very fortunate to be able to exercise,” Allgood said.

Shannon Shifrin said she’s fortunate too. Shifrin has been dealing with multiple sclerosis for 10 years and she said the gym would help her keep defying the odds.

“Doctors have told me that every day it’s going to get worse,” Shifrin said. “By actually doing the workouts here, I’ve been able to maintain and not get worse.”

Mayor Greg Fischer said it makes Louisville more inclusive.

“There is no house like the house of belonging and this, friends, is a house of belonging,” Fischer said.

For the next two years, a grant of the $190,000 from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation will help with upgrading equipment, further marketing the program and growing its membership through Gathering Strength.

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