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Kris Gjerde: Exercise Program Lessens Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Kris Gjerde, PT, MPH, kicked off a Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) class, http://www.pwr4life.org, in January 2015, at the St. Paul Parks & Recreation in Highland Park.

As a person with Parkinson’s, Kris had searched for a high level PWR! class in the East Metro area without success. As she considered project ideas for the Evolve class, she kept coming back to her desire to have PWR! classes accessible to St. Paul residents. Unable to let go of her passion, Kris decided to make an ongoing commitment to PWR!

Participants with and without Parkinson disease routinely attend her class, determined to actively invest in their health. A survey of participants conducted after week six, provide insights into the value of the program:

    pwr_158“I like moving a lot and using my brain at the same time!”
    “This class would be good for everyone!” 
    “I have more energy.”
    “I sleep better.” 

Kris Gjerde’s exercise classes apply the Basic 4 | PWR! Moves™, created by neuroscientist, Dr. Becky Farley. This class is designed to increase balance, flexibility and posture, improve gait and prevent falls. Research has proven that when implemented correctly, exercise can slow the progression of many key Parkinson’s related symptoms and greatly improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease. All adults are welcome.

For more information, contact Kris Gjerde at kgjerde@gmail.com

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