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Let's Get Physical!

Providing greater access to physical and mental fitness programs. 

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, degenerative progressive  brain disorder that affects areas of the brain responsible for movement.  Symptoms vary with individuals and could include: a tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and gait or posture disturbances.  Other signs might be: depression, falling, speech and swallowing problems, mental confusion, sleep disturbances, constipation, difficulty writing, and more. There is no medical test for PD.  A neurologist makes the diagnosis based on reported symptoms, eliminating other  diseases and a clinical observation of the patient. Due the complex nature of Parkinson's both mental and physical health are equally important when it comes to living a successful life with it.


Physical activity also slows the disease process, decreases the pain associated with Parkinson`s disease, prolongs the independent mobility (gait, balance, strength) and improves sleep, mood, memory hence improving the overall quality of life.

Parkinson's can cause movement symptoms, as well as mood, sleep and energy changes. Each symptom has a specific treatment, but regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to overall management of Parkinson's.

Read more at the Michael J Fox Foundation.

Check out an article by Stanford Medicine on why exercise is so important and beneficial to those living with Parkinson's.


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Local Physical Health Resources


Brooks Wellness Programs including Parkinson Wellness Programs


Contact:  Mindy Loving MPH, CPH, Community Wellness Program Manager

Phone: (904) 451-3580


When/Where:         Parkinson’s Wellness

  • Brooks Family YMCA- MWF 9-12

  • McArthur Family YMCA- MWF 9-10

Adaptive Community Wellness

  • Offered at participating YMCA locations within the First Coast region- see weblink for details                         

Cost:  The cost of membership is $15 per month for YMCA members, and $30 per month for non-YMCA members. (Assessment prior to start of classis is required)

FightFit for Parkinson's Boxing Class


Contact: Lori Lunitz or Jason Watson  

Phone: (904) 636-0092
Email: //
Where: Watson Martial Arts Center 1780 Emerson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207
When: M/W/F at 9:30 AM

Cost:  5 Classes for $75 // 10 Classes for $120 // 25 Classes for $250

Notes: A medical clearance/permission from physician is required prior to attending. A liability waiver must be signed as well in order to participate.


Rock Steady Boxing Program

Contact: Giles Wiley  

Phone: 904-500-5425
Where: Jacksonville Muay Thai 14255 Beach Blvd.  Jacksonville, FL 32250
When: Fridays- Level I/II class at 9:30 and Level III/IV class at 10:45

Cost:  $45.00 monthly fee


Rock Steady Boxing Program at Tamaya


Contact: Daniel Tirado

Phone: (904) 410-8500 ext. 4008

Where: 3720 Tamaya Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: Contact Daniel Tirado for details

Cost:  Contact Daniel Tirado for details



Rock Steady Boxing Program

Contact: Tiffany McGill

Phone: (904) 491-4980


Where: Advance Muscle Therapy 961687 Gateway Blvd. 101A
When: Monday, Wednesday, and Th at 1:00 -2:30 assessment required prior starting the program

Cost:  $15/class or $120/ month for unlimited classes (assessment required prior to start of program)


GZ Sobol's Parkinson's Network: Team Florida

Contact(s):  J.J. Ryan, Tom, Dorsky, and Gregg Hummer

Email(s): , and
Where: Classes held at Sacred Heart Church, 7190 US Highway 17, Fleming Island, 32003 7190 US Highway 17, Fleming Island, FL 32003
When: Monday and Thursday at 9:30 AM

Cost: Free


Speech Program - The Loud Crowd


Contact: Stephanie Richardson or Kathryn Pasos

Email: or

Phone: (904) 278-7890

Where:  Brooks Rehabilitation NeuroRecovery Center 500 Park Ave. Orange Park, FL 32073

When: Friday 12-1pm

Cost: Free



Rock Steady Boxing Program


Contact: Eve Navarro

Phone: (386) 586-0505


Where: Lions Pride Boxing 4601e E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, FL 32110

When:  contact Eve Navarro for details

Cost:  contact Eve Navarro for details



St. Augustine Parkinson’s Network

Contact(s):  Jim Gillespie and Mary Vanderwart

Phone: (404) 374-1412

Email(s): and

Where: 215 St George ST, St. Augustine, FL 32084
When: Monday and Thursday at 2:30 PM

Cost: Free


Parkinson’s Group Wellness Program


Contact: Melanie Lomaglio PT, DPT, MSc, NCS

Phone: (904) 679-3449


Where:  4320 A1A South, Suite 3 St. Augustine, FL 32080

When:  Parkinson’s Wellness classes offered M-F see weblink for class schedule

Cost:  Free

Description:**Please note that in order to attend Classes hosted by STARS, you must have a referral from your doctor to visit the PT's on staff for an evaluation. Once an evaluation is done, they will give you the recommended class to attend. This is to ensure the safety of all participants.**

Parkinson's Foundation Exercise Info

Recommended Exercises

Physical Therapy & Parkinson's

Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Info

Dance for PD - Virtual Class

APDA Exercise at Home

PD Health @ Home

#PowerforParkinsons - Exercise Video

STARS Rehab Parkinson's Wellness

FightFit for Parkinson's Boxing Class

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