Boxing to battle Parkinson's

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  • Photo provided by Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Rock Steady Boxing programs boxers are shown at the organization's headquarters in Indianapolis. Rock Steady Boxing is a program for people with Parkinson's disease and will be offered in Beloit. A demonstration and talk on the upcoming class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Rotary River Center.

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  • Photo provided by Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Rock Steady Boxing programs boxers are shown at the organization's headquarters in Indianapolis. Rock Steady Boxing is a program for people with Parkinson's disease and will be offered in Beloit. A demonstration and talk on the upcoming class will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Rotary River Center.

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    Skolten

BELOIT - Rock Steady Boxing - a new program for people battling Parkinson's disease - is coming to Beloit. Everyone's invited to an interactive presentation on the program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Rotary River Center, 1160 Riverside Drive, according to senior center coordinator Paula Schutt.

For those people who have Parkinson's disease, this will be a game changer," Schutt said. "Rock Steady gives you a way to fight back. It's not going to cure it, but it will help you be healthier and have a better quality of life."

Resident and retired WCLO/WJVL radio account executive Tim Scholten will talk about his battle with Parkinson's. Rock Steady coach Doug Anderson will give information on the classes which begin in February at the senior center. Connie Udell, owner of SOL Fitness in Janesville, the first company to offer Rock Steady Boxing in Rock County, also will present at the event.

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-profit organization designed to help people with Parkinson's disease improve their quality of life. People can pre-register for the free program by calling Grinnell Hall at 608-364-2875.

People in various stages of Parkinson's can take part. The coaches will assess people to determine an appropriate level for them. Rock Steady Boxing, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, gives people with Parkinson's disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year, according to https://www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

Rock Steady Boxing exercises are largely adapted from boxing drills. Studies in the 1980s and 1990s show rigorous exercise emphasizing gross motor movement, balance, core strength, and rhythm can improve mobility and the activities of daily living. More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense "forced" exercise, and have begun to suggest that certain kinds of exercise may be neuro-protective, actually slowing disease progression, according to https://www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

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