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New Year, Familiar Fight: OhioHealth Delay The Disease Classes

We see the battle against diseases take shape each and every day all around the country.  Those with Parkinson's Disease know that right now there is no cure.  High profile patients like actor Michael J. Fox have stepped forward to raise money, to raise awareness, to encourage. 

Others who fought bravely, like the late former U.S. Attorney General won't be here to see a cure.  Others hope they will. And many of those fighting spend parts of their week in a special exercise program. OhioHealth Delay The Disease is kicking off another year of classes.  With each step, participants move with hope, stepping together, to fight.

OhioHealth “Delay the Disease”, an evidenced-based fitness program designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease, is one of the newest members of the OhioHealth family of neuroscience programs. The community-based wellness program is designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes tremors, stiffness, slowness, behavioral disorders, sleep problems and functional decline.

The Delay the Disease program compliments OhioHealth’s full continuum of expert neurologists and neurological rehabilitation specialists, with a wellness program offering fitness classes, Delay the Disease personal training, and instruction available as a book and DVD.

David Zid and Jackie Russell, have been partners in Delay the Disease since 2006. David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, is certified through ACE as a personal trainer and APG as a functional fitness trainer. Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, saw the effects of Parkinson’s Disease through the eyes of a loved one, when her mother-in-law was diagnosed, and has collaborated with David on translating Delay the Disease to DVD and book formats, training new Delay the Disease instructors, and pioneering a “Train the Caregiver” community education program.

Delay the Disease is an established program in central Ohio, with thousands of exercise classes conducted over the past 7+ years and more than 200 weekly participants. But the program isn’t limited to Ohio, with classes held by certified Delay the Disease trainers across the country.

To learn more about the program, and to find classes, go to