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COVID-19 Suspends Pedaling for Parkinson’s Programs

July 13, 2020

When recreation and fitness facilities closed across the country due to the COVID-19 crisis, Pedaling for Parkinson's (PFP) began offering an online solution to help people living with Parkinson’s bridge the time between now and when we can return to the hundreds of PFP authorized cycling studios.  The big question is, how long will that take and what will PFP look like on the other side? 

January 31, 2020

Participants in a Pedaling for Parkinson's class in Snohomish County, Washington is making the trek from Seattle to Miami for the Super Bowl and they're doing it on two wheels. Three times a week, cyclists with Parkinson's attend the specialized class at the YMCA in Mill Creek. Volunteer Instructor Nikki Gale gave this group a unique challenge after they did a tour of America in the summer when they pedaled the distance to Boston.

July 11, 2019

Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year. Researchers really don't know what causes it but they do know medication can help. What they're also learning is certain kinds of exercise can make a significant difference in a patient's quality of life.   [WCVB ABC]

May 09, 2019

Last year, Miryam Liberman retired from her internal medicine practice in Westlake Village, CA. Every day, she would commute over 12 miles on an electric bicycle. Doing so improved her health and quality of life so much that she started to tell her older patients to do the same, and some of them now ride e-bikes, too.

April 19, 2019

Sara Garvey, Research Program Manager for the Davis Phinney Foundation recently visited one of the foundations funded research projects in action.  Her blog entry describes "one of the most memorable experiences" she's had at the organization. Check out her story and the details of this important study and the foundation's Quality of Life Research Fund.

April 11, 2019

They are cyclists with one common theme, they have all been diagnosed with the same incurable disease. On 'World Parkinson’s Day' this 'Peddling for Parkinson’s' group showcased the strength that they’re really made from.  SSN News

March 03, 2019

Exercise has been shown to be an important  therapy for people with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the optimal type, frequency, and intensity of exercise are still being debated. An important part of understanding the optimal frequency is to examine how acute bouts of exercise affect motor function and mobility. 

August 05, 2018

Brain & Life magazine (formerly Neurology Now) tells the benefits of Pedaling for Parkinson's in the Aug/Sep issue, featuring pioneering researchers Jay Alberts, PhD and Angela Ridgel, PhD, and Tom Palizzi, spin instructor and person with Parkinson's. 

June 24, 2018

Pedaling for Parkinson's begins in Boulder Colorado Mon July 9, 2018 FREE to persons with Parkinson's and care partners thanks to the generosity of the Colorado Athletic Club at Flatirons (Wellbridge Inc.) 

Cycle Studio Makes Strides Against Parkinson's Disease

February 16, 2018

An indoor cycling studio in Mansfield, Texas is doing what medicine can't for people with Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that affects movement, causes tremors and muscle stiffness and gets worse over time.

Boulder Exercise Program Helps People Deal With Parkinson's

February 01, 2018

When Gary Sobol was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 10 years ago, he decided to take control of his body before it took control of him.  He founded the Parkinson's Network, an organization that teaches exercise classes to those with Parkinson's disease, among other cognitive disabilities.

Biking to Fight Parkinson's Disease

February 07, 2018

About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease every year in the United States. and while a cure isn't available there are therapies that can help lessen the symptoms of the disease. The Dickinson County YMCA has started a new class to help do just that.

High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson's progression

December 14, 2017

High-intensity exercise three times a week is safe for individuals with early-stage Parkinson's disease and decreases worsening of the disease's symptoms, according to results of a study published in the Dec. 11 issue of JAMA Neurology.

July 31, 2017

People with Parkinson’s who pedal at a high rate of speed for 40 minutes three times a week saw a 35 percent reduction in their symptoms. 

A pedal per day may help keep Parkinson’s symptoms away

July 13, 2017

We all know regular exercise is beneficial, but it may be even more important for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  The Mankato Family YMCA is starting a new, Pedaling for Parkinson’s program for people with Parkinson’s. 

June 07, 2017

It's a Tuesday morning spin class in Seattle's Magnuson Park, filled with the same mix of quiet determination and enthusiasm of any group class. Only this class is slightly different: Its participants have Parkinson's disease, and they're pedaling on a tandem bike with a volunteer.

Cyclists with Parkinson’s participate in Iron Horse Bike Classic

May 27, 2017

A group of riders - most with Parkinson's disease - formed the first Parkinson's Peloton within the Davis Phinney Foundation's Victory Crew team, riding electronic power-assist "e-bikes" completing the 25-mile Quarter Horse tour from Durango to Purgatory resort.

Pedal Pals Pushback at Parkinson's

April 20, 2017

Beloit Daily News : Michael Kasper, George Vestal and Ed Skwarlo in the Pedaling for Parkinson’s cycling class at the Roscoe branch of the Stateline Family YMCA on Wednesday morning. Research has shown high speed bicycle pedaling slows disease symptoms. The class is a great social support for participants and a lot of fun.

Effects of force exercise on Parkinson symptoms

April 11, 2017

Dr. Jay Alberts discusses the effects of forced exercise on a range of Parkinson’s symptoms. The webinar looks at the outcomes of voluntary and forced exercise and provides insight into where ongoing exercise research will be focused in order to close the gap between animal and human models.   (Davis Phinney Foundation)

NBC Nightly News: Cycling Makes a Difference for People with Parkinson's

April 07, 2017

Cycling can make a huge difference in the lives of people with Parkinson's disease.

NBC Nightly News: Pedaling Away Parkinson's Symptoms

March 31, 2017

A small pilot study of Parkinson's patients who rode tandem bicycles three times a week has shown promise in alleviating the tremors and rigidity of the disease. NBC's Savannah Guthrie reports.

January 31, 2017

Greenville Journal | Melinda Young

If you had asked Peggy Phillips 20 years ago on her 50th birthday whether she would be spending her retirement years cycling for exercise, she likely would have raised a skeptical eyebrow and shook her head.

October 28, 2015

Listen to Mike Williams with the BBC's The Why Factor talking with Neuroscientist Dr Jay Alberts about the benefits of cycling and Parkinson's disease.

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