Online educational program helps fitness professionals provide safe and effective exercise programs for people with Parkinson’s
Portland, Ore. (March 24, 2020) – To help exercise professionals provide safe and effective classes for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) has launched a new online education program called Grant’s Army.
Grant’s Army includes a roundup of the latest Parkinson’s exercise research, case studies of exercise programs around the U.S. and profiles of people living with the disease who are engaged in fitness classes to help them manage their symptoms. The program also includes video tutorials demonstrating activities that have been shown to help the common symptoms of Parkinson’s.
“Research has found that exercising on a consistent basis is one of the best tools that people with Parkinson’s can use to manage symptoms of their disease,” said Katrina Kahl, executive director of the Brian Grant Foundation. “Our goal with Grant’s Army is to ensure that exercise professionals are equipped with knowledge of evidence-based activities that are safe for people with Parkinson’s and have been shown to effectively manage the symptoms.”
To view the Grant’s Army educational resources visit briangrant.org/category/grantsarmy.
Since 2016, BGF has been training exercise professionals on safe and effective activities for people with Parkinson’s. BGF’s Exercise for Parkinson’s Training for professionals is available in-person as well as online at training.briangrant.org. Grant’s Army will continue to support these professionals through online educational resources.
National Basketball Association player Brian Grant retired in 2006 and was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s in 2008 at the age of 36. He started the Brian Grant Foundation in 2010 to support Parkinson’s research and has since redirected the organization’s efforts to provide tools to improve the well-being of people with the disease.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger that helps to control movement. The outward signs of Parkinson’s may include tremors, slowness of movement, balance problems and rigidity. Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s, research has shown that physical activity, healthy eating and social connections are important aspects for managing the condition and improving quality of life with the disease.
About Brian Grant Foundation
Founded in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) provides proven tools to improve the well-being of people with Parkinson’s. BGF’s efforts focus on wellness, specifically exercise, nutrition, and emotional health programs. Visit www.briangrant.org to learn more.