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Christian County YMCA Fights Back Against Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease attacks the body's nervous system, resulting in tremors that progress into uncontrolled movements of the body, and eventually slowed, slurred speech patterns will follow. Parkinson's is a disease that can not be cured, but those living with Parkinson’s can step in and slow the effects of the disease through motion and endurance activity.

The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project says that physical activity is a vital component in maintaining balance, coordination, and mobility for everyday living. Not only will exercise keep one physically fit but symptoms that come with Parkinson's disease like lessened mobility, depression, and anxiety will be eased through physical activity.

That's why the Christian County YMCA is hosting Rock Steady Boxing Classes, a program fit to serve those with Parkinson’s Disease. Bruce Blanshan, Director of the Christian County YMCA, and his team have stuck by the science of sport to keep these citizens moving. Blanshan says the classes will include core strength, balance, rhythm, and all movements that provide nero-protective aspects.


The CC YMCA is well known for its youth programs that keep the kiddos active, but Blanshan is proud to be able to offer programs like the Rock Steady Boxing classes to include and inspire others in sports and healthy living practices.


Blanshan says that fatigue is the goal for the Rock Steady Boxing classes and the volunteers who get the attendees up and moving do a great job.


Rock Steady Boxing classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. CC YMCA members will pay a fee of $45 while non-member fees are $65. A $50 fee includes an initial assessment with a boxing coach.

Bruce Blanshan appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

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