Fitness for Everyone

A day-long interactive clinic, previously called "First Step," made possible through the Fund's partnership with Endolite North America.

Created and led by three-time Paralympic track and field champions Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser, Fitness for Everyone™ clinics provide above- and below-knee amputees of all ages with instruction in stretching and strengthening, walking and running, and achieving their own physical goals.

Dennis and Todd have led hundreds of clinics around the world and helped thousands of amputees to enjoy the rewards of personal achievement, physical fitness, and social interaction.

Family members of amputees who enroll in the clinic are warmly welcome to participate in the program.

Designed to offer continuing education credits for most participating practitioners, Fitness
for Everyone™ clinics are especially beneficial to orthotists, prosthetists, physical therapists, and other members of the rehabilitation team who wish to extend patient care beyond the clinical setting.

Learn more about
Todd, Dennis,
Fitness for Everyone™

Learn more about Fitness for Everyone™ through this newspaper article:

"Paralympic pioneers inspire their fellow amputees" by Brady Snyder
Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah - Sunday, November 14, 1999

Our link to this article is made possible by the Deseret News.

A short video featuring Fitness for Everyone™ is now available, and a transcript for individuals with hearing and visual difficulties will be available soon.

Click here to see the 3.3 MB asf-file version (for modems).

Click here to see the 11 MB asf-file version (for faster connections).

These videos are best viewed in Windows Media Player.

"Attending OPAF's Fitness for Everyone clinic was the best $15.00 I had ever spent in my life...Dennis and Todd have such a positive attitude about life. They don't self-pity in a situation when it's easy to be self-pitying. They were truly inspirational. They took the negatives in their lives and made it something positive. I thought, if they can do it, so can I!"

Brenda Canup of Titusville, FL
from the article "The sky is the limit at OPAF"

Note: You can read "The sky is the limit at OPAF" in its entirety here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this article. If you do not have this program installed on your browser, you can download it here for free.

"[Fitness for Everyone™] helped me to understand better what my limitations are NOT. I witnessed first hand how an amputee can live as full a life as he/she wants. I appreciated the guidance, advice, and the strength training I received at the clinic. My personal fitness plan has been developed based on what I learned at the clinic, and I expect to start running in local 10k events by the end of the year."

Brian B. (above-knee amputee) - Phoenix, AZ

"This class has something for everyone, no matter the amount of time the individual has been a therapist or prosthetist or has been a family member or amputee living with an amputation. The opportunity to apply lessons immediately learned and the inspiration provided by Todd and Dennis encourages everyone to help amputees achieve their goals."

Chris T., MS, PT - Milwaukee, WI

Fitness for Everyone™ 2003 Schedule

We regret that the Reno Fitness for Everyone clinic scheduled has been canceled. Please contact OPAF if you would like to receive information about future clinics
in 2003 and 2004

Saturday, October 25 Reno, Nevada

Clinic registration forms will be available here as future clinics are scheduled.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these materials. If you do not have this program installed on your browser, you can download it here for free.

Please note: The 2003 Fitness for Everyone™ program is currently under review for Category I continuing education credits by the Continuing Education Committee of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and and Prosthetics (ABC). Through this arrangement, all credentialed individuals who register and complete the program would receive 4.5 scientific credits for their participation. Confirmation of this opportunity will be posted on this page as soon as all paparwork is in order.

For more information about Fitness for Everyone™, please contact Julie A. Besaha, OPAF Program Coordinator, by phone (202) 223-2878 or by email

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