Warm Hearth Village is proud to announce it will be the first senior living community in the state to offer a new fitness program designed specifically for individuals battling Parkinson’s Disease. This innovative program, being offered in partnership with Rock Steady Boxing, is planned to officially launch at the Warm Hearth Village Fitness Center on September 10, 2018.
Thanks to Jim Craig and his wife, Lois who brought the idea to us and small group of interested donors from throughout the community, the Warm Hearth Foundation was able to raise funds to cover the start-up costs and bring Rock Steady Boxing to the Village. The new program will be led by Director of Fitness, Kenny Harrah and relies on exercises such as stretching, running, jumping rope, push-ups, balancing and lots of noncontact boxing. Harrah successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Training Camp this year, certifying the fitness center and its staff to offer classes to residents and the community. “Training with the Rock Steady Boxing athletes has been a profoundly moving and inspiring experience,” says Harrah. “We feel very grateful and proud to be able to bring this program to the New River Valley and Virginia.”
Rock Steady Boxing is a unique exercise program based upon training used by professional boxers to help alleviate the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease. Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in Indianapolis in 2006 that has grown profoundly. In 2012, the training camp was launched as a means of sharing the method with people around the world who are fighting back against Parkinson’s.
Recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense, “forced” exercise and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, i.e., actually slow disease progression. It is estimated that approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease every year. The chronic and progressive neurological condition is the second most common neurodegenerative gaining disorder after Alzheimer’s Disease.
The fitness center at Warm Hearth Village is open to individuals from the greater community who are 55 and older. Amenities include a heated, saltwater pool, strength training room, fitness studio with comprehensive class schedule and personal training. To learn more about opportunities or to sign up for the Rock Steady Boxing program, call Kenny Harrah at 443-3474.
Photo: Amy Webb, Associate Director of Development; Kenny Harrah, Director of Fitness and Jim and Lois Craig, residents of WHV.