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Davis Phinney Foundation Launches Exercise-Focused Tools to Help People Live Well With Parkinson's Disease
Date:10/19/2010

a full list is available at www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/tips):

  • Exercise is medicine. Exercise has been proven to build a healthier heart, lungs, and muscles, boost metabolism, prevent diabetes, and reduces disability. New research suggests that exercise may even provide neuroprotection – slowing the progression of Parkinson's in the brain by safeguarding vulnerable nerve cells from damage and degeneration.
  • Have fun. If you don't enjoy it, you won't stick with it. Do something you like. Dance, yoga, tai chi, cycling and strength exercises have all been shown to help with physical and cognitive symptoms of Parkinson's. Also try exercising with a group. Research shows that people stick with exercise when there is encouragement and an expectation for you to show up.

"The Davis Phinney Foundation is pleased to provide these resources as a direct response to needs identified in the Parkinson's community," said Amy Howard, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. "Research is now supporting the experience of people living with Parkinson's – if you exercise you will feel better and you will positively affect many of the symptoms of Parkinson's – including movement, depression and sleep.  It's critical that people educate themselves and make exercise a core component of their care."

For additional Every Victory Counts program and registration information, visit http://www.everyvictorycounts.org or call 1-877-279-5277. All program proceeds support Davis Phinney Foundation-funded Parkinson's research and educational programs.

Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 by cycling legend Davis Phinney and is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson's disease live well to
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