Delay the Disease is a fitness plan and community-based exercise program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to optimize their physical function. Originating in Columbus, Ohio in 2007, Delay The Disease is quickly becoming a national phenomenon in the Parkinson’s prevention field, and is starting to become internationally acknowledged.
Delay the Disease founders (David Zid BA, ACE, APG and Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR) have expertise in working with individuals diagnosed with PD and offer training to other health care professionals nationally. This program is based on current evidenced-based research, and Zid’s extensive experience with one/on/one training of people with PD. Their goal is to demonstrate how exercise can change symptoms, foster optimism and allow individuals to maintain independence. They believe that fighting this disease with hope is the key.
David and Jackie have spoken to over 20,000 People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and their families—at symposia, continuing education courses, and PWP workshops.
As PD affects the entire family, their programs focus on helping the individual, caring for the caregiver, and educating other healthcare professionals about the importance of Parkinson’s–specific exercise and therapy. They are passionate and enthusiastic that PD does not need to define a person; it can be managed with the appropriate “tools in the tool box of treatment”. And, as Jackie comments regularly “exercise is a very important tool.”
Delay the Disease is available in a book, and 2 DVDs. Learn more about Delay the Disease at www.delaythedisease.com. Books and DVDs can be ordered from the website, or through Amazon.