Free ‘Thriving With Parkinson’s Disease’ Educational Seminar

Experts share strategies for living a full and active life with Parkinson’s Disease.
Photo courtesy of Sweat Therapy Fitness

More than 700 people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are living in the Big Bend area alone, according to estimates, but nearly half of them are not receiving treatment or support. A locally owned gym, Sweat Therapy Fitness, is on a mission to change that. In addition to providing Rock Steady Boxing workouts helping people fight back against Parkinson’s disease, Sweat Therapy Fitness also hosts biannual educational seminars to provide additional resources and information to those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Sweat Therapy Fitness presents “Thriving With Parkinson’s Disease” — a FREE event featuring experts from the UF Health Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases and Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF).

The seminar will be held at the Holiday Inn Tallahassee East Capitol – Universities from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program includes:

  • Presentation and Q&A by Occupational Therapist Lisa Warren, MHS, OTR/L of the UF Health Fixel Center for Neurological Diseases
  • Presentation and Q&A by James Lubanovich from MJFF
  • Brief Rock Steady Boxing update from Sweat Therapy Fitness Owner/ Founder and Head Rock Steady Boxing Coach, Kim Bibeau
  • Opportunity to network with representatives from the Tallahassee Parkinson’s Outreach Association and Sweat Therapy Fitness Rock Steady Boxing coaches
  • Opportunity to socialize with others in the Parkinson’s community
  • Complimentary light refreshments

The event’s goal is to share proactive strategies to prevent disease progression and improve quality of life. Information provided will help those with PD live full and active lives.

With more than 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist, UF Health’s Warren will provide a lecture on purposeful activity and its benefits for those with PD. She also will demonstrate at-home stretches and exercises recommended for those with Parkinson’s disease to keep muscles limber and functioning at their peak.

In addition, Lubanovich, Community Engagement Officer for the MJFF, explains the foundation’s therapeutic pipeline, disease-modifying approaches in the pipeline, new and approaching market treatments for both motor/non-motor symptoms, field-wide challenges and how those with PD can get involved to expand research efforts.

“Our hope is that these education events inspire those with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers to fight back,” says Sweat Therapy’s Bibeau. “It takes a combination of medication, movement, support and positive spirit to stand up to such a difficult disease. We’ve seen how powerful it can be when someone embraces all these avenues at once. Suddenly they’re not only living with PD — but thriving.”

To RSVP to Thriving With Parkinson’s please email Admission is complimentary but a reservation is strongly suggested.

To learn more about Lisa Warren, visit here.

To learn more about Sweat Therapy Fitness and the Rock Steady Boxing program, visit here and here.

If you have questions about the Thriving With Parkinson’s seminar, email

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