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Agnesian HealthCare, YMCA partner on Parkinson’s disease exercise classes
February 14, 2014

Research has shown that regular exercise benefits people with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise reduces stiffness, and improves mobility, posture, balance and gait. Aerobic exercise increases oxygen delivery and neurotransmitters to keep the heart, lungs, and nervous system healthy. General exercise may also reduce depression

More than 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, with a high prevalence in the Midwest/Great Lakes area.

Agnesian HealthCare’s Sports, Spine & Work Center and the Fond du Lac Family YMCA recognize this fact and are offering a new evidenced-based exercise program that will help improve patient’s quality of life.

“Numerous research has shown that patients involved in an exercise program that addresses cardiovascular fitness, strengthening and range of motion can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that interfere with their quality of life,” according to Zach Pitz, director of Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Services with Agnesian HealthCare.

Classes will be led by a licensed physical therapist with a passion for this program. A certified personal trainer from the YMCA will also be assisting with instruction for the class. These classes are available for patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Participants will benefit from treadmill exercises, followed by targeted strengthening and movement exercises all proven to help Parkinson’s disease patients. Classes are available to both YMCA members and non-members. Prices are: YMCA members, $35 per month; non-YMCA members, $50 per month.

Classes are set to begin on Tuesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. and will last an hour. They are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday. Participants will enjoy the classes at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, 90 W. 2nd Street in Fond du Lac.

Patients are asked to have medical clearance by their healthcare provider to participate in a group exercise program. Patients may also be screened by a physical therapist for their ability to attend this program.

Interested individuals should contact Celia Crespo, PT/DPT, at (920) 926-5360 for more details or to register for the class. 

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