WAYNE – Help celebrate the five-year anniversary of Rock Steady Boxing at the Providence Wellness Center during a mid-week open house.
From the Wellness Center, Rock Steady Boxing has been fighting back against Parkinson’s.
Director of the Providence Wellness Center, Heidi Keller said Rock Steady Boxing has been a great class to attend for anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
“We’ve been going five years technically in June, but we started the process in April which is also Parkinson’s Awareness month,” said Keller. “Over the last five years we’ve helped 22 boxers from all around the area.”
The Wednesday, May 4 open house will last from 6 – 8 p.m. The Providence Wellness Center is located at 1200 Providence Road in Wayne.
Rock Steady Boxing is a one-hour exercise class as the group has gloves on to box for roughly 20-30 minutes. Stretching exercises, flexibility, strengthening balance, dexterity, voice activation are also touched on during the exercise.
Keller is one of four certified coaches and added Randy Pedersen funded the start of the program.
“He came to me to do personal training and didn’t tell me that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s,” Keller added. “Then when it was apparent that something was going on he finally told me. It was probably a year later that he said, ‘hey I’ve seen this program, I’ve checked it out in Omaha and I want to start it here in Wayne.’”
Additional fundraisers have been held to help raise money to purchase equipment. For those who donate to the hospital, you can specify you funds go to the Rock Steady Boxing Program. Also, starting this year, the Chicken Run proceeds will go towards the program.
Rock Steady Boxing is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
During the Wednesday night open house, all guests are welcome to attend, enjoying snacks and refreshments while learning more about the Rock Steady Boxing program. A presentation about the program will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a fun demonstration.
“Kind of educate people a little bit about why we box, some information about our specific class, the Rock Steady Boxing world in itself,” Keller mentioned. “Let some of our guys kind of talk a little bit about what it’s done for them and then we’re going to do a demonstration; everybody loves to see the guys hit.”
The Wayne Rock Steady Boxing program is just one of over 870 programs around the world. There are roughly 43,000 Parkinson’s boxers training as affiliates with roughly 60,000 people diagnosed annually and millions affected by Parkinson’s in the United States.
The Norfolk Y, Columbus Hospital Therapy Department and Sioux City also created their own Rock Steady Boxing classes who all visited with the Providence Wellness Center before going on to get their one-time certification. Omaha and Lincoln also offer programs.
If you or someone you know is affected by Parkinson’s, Providence Wellness Center would love to have you join them and visit about how their program can help. Call the Wellness Center at 402-375-7927, stop in or visit rocksteadyboxing.org to get started.
From area doctors, Neruos, PA’s, Nurses, Therapists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and more, anyone who works with the Rock Steady Boxing boxers and/or with someone with Parkinson’s are invited to Wednesday’s open house from 6 – 8 p.m.
Again, attendees will learn more about the program, can ask questions, hear from the coaches and boxers while seeing how Rock Steady Boxing is helping.
Visit wayne.rsbaffiliate.com for more information on the Rock Steady Boxing Program or like Providence Wellness Center on Facebook for further details. Call 402-375-7927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.