Generations - 2014-08 - Move for Parkinsons - Image 01The Hawaii Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is inviting the people of Hawai‘i to get ready to move on Saturday, October 25th at 9 am – noon at Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds for the 2nd annual Moving Day Hawaii. Moving Day events are held around the country to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and funds for Parkinson’s research and NPF programs.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Approximately 60 – 80% of dopamine-producing cells in the brain are damaged and do not produce enough dopamine, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. In the United States, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who have Parkinson’s disease.

Generations - 2014-08 - Move for Parkinsons - Image 02Moving Day Hawaii will feature a Movement Pavilion with yoga and hula, 3K walk, health fair and a kid zone. The event is designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers, friends and families. Studies show movement is beneficial and proven to help manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, improving flexibility and mobility. Vigorous exercise, such as biking and running has been shown to potentially slow down or delay progression of the disease. The aim is to encourage people to stay active and move for better health.

Learn more about Moving Day Hawaii and how you, your family, friends and/or your company can get involved, visit www.movingdayhawaii.org or email movingday@parkinsonshawaii.org. There is no cost to register and participate, but fundraising is encouraged.

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