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OhioHealth Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Program Gets Participants Moving Again

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.

“Medicare data shows, in Ohio alone, more than 21,000 people are treated for Parkinson’s Disease each year, with 7,500 new cases diagnosed every year,” said Connie Gallaher, OhioHealth System Vice President of Neuroscience. “With Delay the Disease, OhioHealth is able to bring this extraordinary program to more Parkinson’s patients, giving them the opportunity to help with management of the disease through exercise.”

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 approximately 2000 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.

For a complete listing of current Delay the Disease classes, go to