Online tool helps people with Parkinson’s achieve their fitness goals
Portland, Ore. (Sept. 9, 2019) – The Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) has launched Team Grant, an easy-to-use online tool that allows people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to set fitness goals, track their exercise activities, earn badges for working out, and connect with others in the PD community.
At team-grant.briangrant.org, Team Grant members can create a profile where they can set fitness goals, track their exercise activity and monitor their progress. Each time a Team Grant member logs an activity on their profile, they are one step closer to earning a fun fitness badge. Users can also integrate their Team Grant fitness activity with a Fitbit wearable device.
Members of Team Grant will receive the latest information about managing Parkinson’s symptoms through diet and exercise, including fitness and nutrition tips, interviews with experts, profiles of people in the Parkinson’s community, and more. They’ll also get updates from BGF founder Brian Grant, a former National Basketball Association player who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s in 2008.
“Playing in the NBA taught me about accountability to my teammates,” said Brian Grant. “Together, we were able to overcome great odds. I believe Team Grant can build that same culture for the Parkinson’s community so that we can live our lives to the fullest.”
Team Grant is based on a former project of BGF and the World Parkinson Congress (WPC), called the Power Through Project, which was a marketing campaign for the WPC in September 2016. Power Through Project users formed teams to track their activity on a web-based map from Montreal, the site of the WPC 2013 to Portland, the site of the WPC 2016. The success of the Power Through Project campaign inspired the recently launched Team Grant network, where users can now set their own individual fitness goals and track their success toward achieving them.
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.