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The Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Nursing

Mission: Mission Statement: To make a difference in the quality of life of each person by using an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate overall health, enhance the treatment of disease and provide prevention through the promotion of wellness, fitness and nutrition.

Target demographics: people age 1 - 100

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500 patients

Geographic areas served: Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

Programs: Treat chronic disease or special needs through a physician supervised fitness and nutrition program.

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Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Susan Clarke DC

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like Fiona, working out is one of my least fvorite activities. Give me a garden to weed and rocks to move around and I will happily do that for hours, but WORKING OUT??? No,
However last year a friend turned me onto I.E.MPhit - an awesome and amazing facility that caters to the reluctant as well as the physically challenged. I go every week. That is an major measure of how good these people, and Chris Coffey is that good. He is is inventive, observant and well-grounded in his training. I went from "didn't like it but it is good for me", to "I'm here to play hard".
Check it out. Do yourself a favor.

Fiona4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't like working out at all. I find it boring and tedious, even though I know it's good for me. Discovering I.EM.PHIT has been a godsend. I started February 27, going once a week, but have upped it to twice a week, and feel quite virtuous in telling my doctor I do so. Chris Coffey really knows his stuff, and is inventive in finding ways to get muscles working by creating variations on different exercises. Having someone keep me company while I go through the cycle (usually twice) keeps me from being bored, and keeps me showing up to work out. This organisation provides the kind of service I know costs a great deal at other fitness places - a truly personalised trainer. I know that I am getting stronger, I can feel it in my day-to-day activities, as well as in my participation in the exercises with the various interns Coffey has working there. This is a phenomenal non-profit, and I am so very grateful I found it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was very resistant to working out until he started coming to IEMPHIT. Chris and the rest of the staff are creative about finding ways to incentivize clients who may be insecure about exercising in front of others. They are interested in understanding how my son, who has Asperger's learns and thinks. They are well aware of sensory challenges and other issues that can be very problematic.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best place for fitness and learning! I love the way the workvwith me. I have Down syndrome

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming to I Em Phit for three years, and I have been nothing less than amazed by them. I was born with dwarfism, and have had limited physical capacity for a long time. IemPhit's incredible staff helped and still helps me with it, and it is simply wonderful. It is one of the things I most look forward to every week.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been bringing my friend to I Em Phit for the past 9 months. They have done wonders with adults and children with physical and mental limitations. They motivate and encourage their clients to reach potentials that their clients couldn't imagine they could achieve.
I have watched my friend pull 25 pounds of weight with each leg while walking with crutches. She is so excited to come to her workouts twice a week. The director Chris and assistent director Steve are phenomenal. They sacrifice so much for their clients. This is not just a job for them. Their hearts are with their clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming to I Em Phit since June of 2010. I have Cerebral Palsy and have limited mobility. I have only been able to walk with a walker for years. This past spring I was able to walk through my graduation from a transition school with crutches. I am able to walk on a treadmill for more than 30 minutes. Not only have I gained more mobility but I have gained a confidence that I didn't have before. I have lost 18 pounds and toned up. I love I EM Phit. It is the highlight of my week going there to work out with Steve and Chris.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I.Em.Phit has been a wonderful place for our child who has chronic pain and multiple health challenges. The staff is so kind and the environment is so positive and fun. Their knowledge is outstanding and they work with each individual according to their needs. We are so fortunate to have I.Em.Phit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at I.Em.Phit and it is so evident how much the people here care. Each client is cared for and considered for in their own way. It is a fun atmosphere and welcoming for all. I've loved seeing people excited to come and have loved watching them improve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at this non-profit for 2 months now and I can honestly say I enjoy everyday more than the last. I love working with all of the clients, and I love seeing them improve. Chris and Steve are extremely enthusiastic, and you can see it pass onto the kids. This place is fun of smiles, fun, and hard work!

1 Emma10

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has recently started the program at I em phit . She has struggled with her weight for years despite being an active child. She is so excited to come & workout!! It has shown her that she has the power to make changes. She was calling herself fat & ugly before we started here. Even after a few sessions & no noticeable weight loss her self esteem has improved & I have not hear negative words!! Thank you so much for showing her that she has the power to make changes!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For years my daughter has struggled with weight management and strength as a result of her diagnosis of insulin resistance. After many doctors visits, we were finally referred to The Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention (I EM Phit) where a program designed for her specific needs haar made a difference. The staff and interns are courteous and carrying. Their approach has highly motoivated my daughter to strive for and accomplish her goals. Because of her experience and success, the rest of our family have become clients.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been using this non profit for 1.5 years for my son, who struggles with his weight, and can be oppositional. The trainers are outstanding, and know how to motivate and encourage my son, and other children and adults with challenges.

The trainers are creative in their approach to exercise, mixing fun and hard work. The staff is friendly, and the facility is well equipped even though it is not enormous.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have an autistic nephew that has benefited far beyond expectations. Watching how this facility has touched the lives of so many makes my heart sing with joy. The staff treats everyone like family and smiles are common everyday occurance along with, love and hard work with rewards for all. I wish I had more to give this group, what they are doing is nothing short of miracles, wish they could grow and change many more lives for the better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I em phit has many wonderful attributes, I love everything it stands for.. All the help it gives to people.

1 kristenbronson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I.EM.PHIT is Minnesota's only clinic to help you treat chronic disease or special needs through a physician supervised fitness and nutrition program. This Nonprofit organization is amazing!!!!! Their patient clientele consists of more than 60% below poverty level. No one is ever turned away. They truly care about each patient and their individual needs. The staff is friendly, professional, fun and enthusiastic about what they do. I would highly recommend The Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention (aka.I.EM.PHIT) for anyone who would like to change how they feel and want to develop fitness and nutrition skills for a lifetime of better health.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Institute for Exercise Medicine and Prevention is also known as I.EM.PHIT. I volunteered with this organization from November 2009 to February 2010 as a receptionist. They had just opened their doors and had no funds to hire someone at the front desk. As a receptionist I met with children, adolescents and adults who were referred to the clinic for physical and nutritional guidance in a medical setting. The staff physiologists and the physicians overseeing the patients care very much about giving people with chronic medical conditions the tools and motivation needed to improve their health and wellbeing.