VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Recreation Therapy - Fitness and Wellness
Recreation Therapy staff working in this section are responsible for a variety of fitness and wellness programs including aquatic therapy, individualized exercise programs, cardio/universal weight equipment instruction, and facilitated exercise classes (aquatic and land-based).
Programs are based on a continuum of care through one-on-one therapeutic intervention, completion of an assessment, developing treatment programs with a wellness education emphasis, and transitioning Veterans into self-directed fitness participation. Recreation therapists and recreation therapy assistants work with Veterans in achieving their fitness goals and highest level of independence.
Recreation therapists are also active in the MOVE! Weight Management Program for Veterans. This involves providing patient education in making healthy lifestyle choices and facilitating exercise classes to assist with weight loss. After an individualized care plan is developed, a clinic time is assigned to patients for treatment. Any Veteran interested in this program can self-refer by contacting the MOVE hotline at (650) 493-5000 x66777.
Recreation Therapy works in the following areas: