Neuromuscular Wellness Center at Fort Hays State University
The Neuromuscular Wellness Center at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) is a fitness center that serves adults with a significant neurological disorder, including stroke, paralysis, muscle spasticity, and multiple sclerosis, who are at risk for falls. It is different from a rehabilitation program in a hospital setting but instead seeks to provide a "next step" after completing a physical therapy program. Center staff emphasizes a "do it yourself" approach. Involvement starts with creating a customized exercise routine that can promote movement, improve cardiovascular health, and increase stamina. The program director, Dr. Charmane Kandt, and trained student staff work with participants to reach individual goals, with the ultimate goals of preserving self-sufficiency and independence at home.
Some benefits that participants obtain:
• Improved health in a safe, accessible environment;
• Opportunity to try a variety of exercise machines and activities;
• Encouragement and support by working one-on-one with trained students;
• Social opportunities with others who are trying to improve their health.
The program's cost ranges from $20.00 to $40.00 per month as the program is partially funded through the FHSU Department of Health and Human Performance, charitable donations, and annual fundraisers.