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Pedaling for Parkinson's


The YMCA of Greater Louisville is partnering with the University of Louisville – Movement Disorders Clinic to provide a "Pedaling for Parkinson’s” exercise program. The new program offers people with Parkinson’s Disease a safe outlet for regular exercise in one of the most effective ways possible: pedaling a bicycle.

Fast pedaling is not a cure for Parkinson’s Disease but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference in many who try it. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent reduction in symptoms by the simple action of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get active, stay healthy and help alleviate their Parkinson’s symptoms,” said YMCA President and CEO Steve Tarver. "Part of our mission is to strengthen communities and with this program we can help motivate a segment of the community that too often lacks healthy exercise opportunities.” 

Regular exercise is one of the key components in treating the many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and it has been proven that pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease.

"We are honored to partner with the YMCA for such an important cause. Our goal is to support the physical well-being of the patient and Pedaling for Parkinson’s exemplifies our mission and beliefs,” said Dr. Victoria Holiday, Assistant Professor of Neurology and movement disorder specialist in the U of L Movement Disorders Clinic. Dr. Holiday also serves as the Medical Advisor for the program.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participants must:
  • Be 30-75 years old
  • Be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
  • Complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress

PROGRAM DETAILS

  • First 3 classes are FREE with a physician's referral
  • After 3 classes, participant would pay $40 per month (up to 3 months) and would include a Y membership

PARTICIPATING BRANCHES

Downtown Family YMCA
Mondays/Wednesdays: 10:30 am
Fridays: 10:15 am

Floyd County Family YMCA
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 10 am
YMCA at Norton Commons
Tuesdays/Thursdays: 1:45 pm
Saturdays: 12 pm

Oldham County Family YMCA
Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays: 10:30 am

QUESTIONS?

For more information, please contact Karen Wyatt at kwyatt@ymcalouisville.org or at 502.222.9358.


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