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TMH PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUPS

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare provides high-quality medical care and education to Parkinson’s patients and their families. In addition to diagnostic and consultative services, a wide variety of treatment and symptom management options, and educational resources, TMH also offers TMH Parkinson’s Support Groups for patients, family members, friends and caregivers to connect with people who understand what they are going through, and to receive practical and useful solutions to the everyday issues they may be facing. To learn more about our services, please visit TMH.ORG/Neuro. The TMH Parkinson’s Support Groups for patients and caregivers meet the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm at the Parkinson’s Outreach Association office at 285 Pinewood Drive. The group focuses on education and wellness for  people living with Parkinson’s, and provides the opportunity for them and their families to come and learn more about the disease, research, medications and wellness activities. For more information, please call 850-431-5002.

SWEAT THERAPY’S ROCK STEADY BOXING PROGRAM

The mission of Sweat Therapy’s Rock Steady Boxing Program is to “empower people with Parkinson’s to fight back.” Sweat Therapy Fitness is an official Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate certified in the “Rock Steady Method,” designed to improve quality of life through non-contact boxing based fitness classes. Why Parkinson’s and boxing? Research shows that rigorous exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms and improve the ability to perform activities of daily living. Rock Steady Boxing classes emphasize gross motor movement, balance, core strength and rhythm to favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait and mood. While many organizations focus on finding a cure, Rock Steady Boxing helps the more than 1 million Americans currently living with Parkinson’s disease to fight back against their biggest opponents – deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function.

Sweat Therapy Fitness, located in the Manor @ Midtown in the heart of Tallahassee, hosts Rock Steady Boxing workouts six days a week. Workouts are led by certified Rock Steady Boxing coaches, including Sweat Therapy Fitness Owner/ Founder Kim Bibeau and her husband Brian Bibeau. Owning and operating Sweat Therapy Fitness since 2010, Kim has had extensive experience in the health and wellness industry and has a passion for changing lives by making fitness fun. “Rock Steady Boxing was a natural fit for me,” says Sweat Therapy Owner/ Founder Kim Bibeau. “Every workout I’m reminded how this program is positively changing lives. It’s so inspiring to see our Rock Steady Boxers fighting hard every day to maintain their independence.”

Beyond the physical benefits, Rock Steady Boxing at Sweat Therapy Fitness also fosters camaraderie among boxers, providing a support system as they all fight back at Parkinson’s disease together. “I have never been around more positive people than Brian and Kim and quite frankly the entire class,” says current Rock Steady Boxer Glenda Brown. “I have some very specific goals. I walk with a walker as I’ve had three back surgeries within the past two years as well as being diagnosed with Parkinson’s during that time. My first goal is to be able to walk independently as well as regain some of my fine motor skills. I love the fact that Kim and Brian love a challenge.”

Those interested in joining the Rock Steady Boxing program at Sweat Therapy Fitness should email Kim Bibeau at Kim@sweattherapyfitness.com to schedule a complimentary assessment.