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National Parkinson Foundation Campaign Promotes the Power of Exercise During Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

March 21, 2016

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) launched the #Move4PD campaign in recognition of National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month today. The campaign’s goal is to highlight the importance of exercise for those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and its positive effects on the brain.

“People living with Parkinson’s can have a positive impact on the course of their own disease,” said Paul Blom, NPF’s Interim CEO. “NPF has long championed the role of exercise in slowing the symptoms of Parkinson’s.”

Research from NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project has proven that 2.5 hours of exercise per week has a significant difference on the quality of life for those with PD. Regular physical activity is linked to improved mobility and less cognitive decline.

NPF is asking the community to unite and support its mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s live their best possible life during National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Here’s how the community can help spread awareness:

NPF will host a photo competition via social media asking followers to post “workout selfies” while showing off their awareness month sweatbands, for a chance to win a NPF prize. Participants are encouraged to submit and share their My PD Story to spread awareness about the disease, letting others know that they are not alone in the fight against PD.

The #Move4PD campaign will kick-off nationally on March 21, 2016, celebrating National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month throughout April. Each week, followers will be asked to post pictures of themselves working out while proudly wearing their official NPF sweatband, which can be ordered during the last week of March.

About Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and four to six million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

About the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF)
Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation’s mission is to make life better for people with Parkinson’s through expert care and research. NPF has funded more than $189 million in care, research and support services. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org, or call the NPF Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

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