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  • Helping you live better: Pedaling for Parkinson's

    The YMCA of Snohomish County now offers its Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at three facility branches: Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek.

    EVERETT, Wash., June 13, 2017 – The YMCA of Snohomish County now offers its Pedaling for Parkinson’s program at three facility branches: Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek.

    More than one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease with nearly 60,000 new diagnoses each year. There is no known cure for the disease, and the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increases with age.

    Parkinson’s disease is an incurable, slowly progressive movement disorder caused by the loss of nerve cells in part of the brain that produces the chemical, dopamine, which controls body movements. Symptoms, which develop when about 80% of dopamine has been lost, including tremors, stiffness or slowing of muscle movement, loss of balance, and soft or slurred speech. Symptoms worsen as the disease progresses.


    Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.

    Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.

    We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

    Pedaling for Parkinson’s is now offered at the Everett, Marysville, and Mill Creek Family YMCAs. Registration is required prior to starting the class. This is an ongoing program offered at no cost for the first eight weeks. Financial assistance is available and SilverSneakers® and other insurance programs are accepted.

    A healthcare provider referral is required to enroll (may be a doctor, registered nurse, or any licensed healthcare provider.) Classes are held in the Cycle Studio on individual stationary bikes.

    For more information about Pedaling for Parkinson’s, visit YMCA-SNOCO.ORG/PFP or call your local YMCA:

    Everett Family YMCA
    2720 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett
    425 374 5703
    Gael Gebow

    Marysville Family YMCA
    6420 60th Drive NE, Marysville
    360 651 1605
    Carrol Bailey

    Mill Creek Family YMCA
    13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett, WA 98208
    425 357 3033
    Lisa Salsbery


    About YMCA of Snohomish County

    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA of Snohomish County has been serving and strengthening our communities since 1901 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y offers programs, services, and initiatives to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.




    Gael Gebow
    Senior Program Director
    YMCA of Snohomish County
    425 374 5703

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