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Did you know...

Every 9 minutes someone is told they have Parkinson’s?
 
More people have Parkinson's then those with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and ALS combined?
 
Parkinson's can strike at any age? 
 
Exercise can be medicine for those with Parkinson's? 
 
Welcome!
If you or someone you care about has Parkinson's, you have come to the right place. Our goal is to help those with Parkinson's live better lives through exercise until the cure is found!

Shake It Off, Inc, has devoted its energy to passionately advocating exercise for those with Parkinson's disease.Help us fund research to shake off Parkinson's.
 
Find out how you can contribute to the future of someone with Parkinson's through donations of money and time. Make a donation today.  Your change can change the life of someone with Parkinson's! 
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We host fun fitness related activities to raise awareness and most importantly, funds.  Our signature events are the Philly Rabbit Run 5k at the Philadelphia Zoo always the day before Easter and the PD500 Bike Ride in the fall.  Net proceeds go toward research for Parkinson's disease and exercise.
EXERCISE AS MEDICINE  
Over one million Americans live with Parkinson's disease and that number is expected to double in the next 20 years. It is a chronic, degenerative, neurological disorder whose symptoms can progress from mild shaking to complete physical incapacitation. In the United States 60,000 new cases of PD will be diagnosed this year alone. Parkinson can strike at any age. One of the youngest diagnosed was only 15 years old (Juvenile Parkinsonism).
There is no cure for this neurological disease, but with breakthroughs in research we may be getting closer than ever to slowing the progression.  And it may be as simple as riding a bike.

Why Should Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity

According to Jane E. Brody for The New York Times on January 26, 2015, researchers are discovering that exercise can be medicine for those with PD.

“Polish researchers demonstrated that HIIT (High Intensity Training) could alleviate the rigidity and excessive muscle tone that makes it difficult for Parkinson’s disease patients to move their arms and legs. The researchers, from the University School of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland, showed in 11 patients with mild to moderate Parkinson’s symptoms that eight weeks of HIIT, three times a week, on a stationary bike had a global benefit, improving both lower and upper body function.

Reductions in rigidity and stiffness correlated with an increase in a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which the researchers suggested could have stimulated the growth and function of nerves normally influenced by dopamine, the neurotransmitter that declines in Parkinson’s*."

However, more funding is needed for research in this area. That's where Shake It Off steps in. Please consider making a donation today.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/01/26/sweaty-answer-to-chronic-illness/

 
Hope in Action
Be Part of the Change... sign up to participate in a research study on PD. Everyone is invited to search the on-going research studies available for those with and without Parkinson's.
When "i" replaced by "We" ⇒ Even "Illness" becomes "Wellness"

EXERCISE ENDORSEMENT 
Below is a conversation with a Parkinson's patient who participated in the Exercise Research program at the University of Delaware.  He explains how the program helped him gain back his life through exercise.  Shake It Off, Inc. is proud to have funded this research.  Keep up the good work University of Delaware.


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