The World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) has teamed up with the Brian Grant Foundation (BGF) led by retired NBA basketball star Brian Grant, who was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease at age 36, to announce a new campaign to motivate and encourage physical activity and wellness among people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Called the Parkinson Power Through Project (PTP), Brian Grant urges all people with PD to incorporate exercise into their daily routine to help them live life to the fullest. Moreover, scores of peer-reviewed research support Grant’s call to action - exercise can help people with PD better manage their disease (1).

“We are delighted that Brian Grant has joined WPC to advocate on behalf of the Parkinson’s community,” states Elizabeth “Eli” Pollard, executive director, World Parkinson Coalition. “Together, we further our shared message with the singular goal to reach as many people with PD and their care partners as possible on how exercise and healthy habits can counter the symptoms of this disease.”

Heads of WPC and Brian Grant Foundation have been planning the series of exercise events. The initial PTP journey will lead participants to Portland, Oregon where the final PTP exercise event will take place just before the launch of the 4th World Parkinson Congress in September 2016.

Participants can also visit to track their fitness, learn about exercise and why it’s valuable for people with Parkinson’s. “PTP is a terrific resource in the arsenal of information aimed to help the PD community learn all they can to live as healthfully and meaningfully as possible,” adds Eli Pollard.

About the World Parkinson Coalition® and WPC 2016 

CPT work closely with the World Parkinson Coalition Inc. (WPC). It is a nonprofit organisation that provides an international forum for learning about the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, caregiver initiatives and advocacy work related to Parkinson's disease. 

Excerpts for this article were taken from the online PRWeb February 11, 2016

Further reading: 1. Jama Neurology Feb 2013 Vo.70 No.2.