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Rock Steady Boxing for People with Parkinson’s Comes to Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton

December 2, 2021

Rock Steady Boxing, a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease, will now be available at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton. The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches.  Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring this program to Hunterdon County,” said Shelby Nelson, who successfully completed the Rock Steady Boxing Certification Training, and is certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease who live in the area.  Classes will start in January 2022, with assessments beginning in December 2021.

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years.     In 2012, the training was launched to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s.  Today, there are over 871 Rock Steady Boxing affiliate programs around the world, initiated by certified Rock Steady Boxing “Coaches.” All completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified.

“We have always believed in the Rock Steady Boxing Method,” said Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Executive Director Joyce Johnson.  “When evidence began to emerge that our program had a very positive impact on the ‘boxers’, our mission became clear — to share our knowledge and experience with all people with Parkinson’s.  That is why we decided to make our training available worldwide — to train as many as we can so together we can improve the care of people with Parkinson’s everywhere.”

Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in Indianapolis in 2006 with six participants.  Participation has steadily increased to more than 155 members today, including men and women ranging in age from 35 to 90. Classes are geared to people at all stages of Parkinson’s disease.  Multiple volunteers contribute their time and talents to assist with the classes.

It is estimated that 1-1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, with as many as 60,000 diagnosed in the United States annually.

For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing at the Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center in Clinton, call or email Shelby Nelson at (908) 735-3901 – Shelbynelson@hhsnj.org. The Hunterdon Health and Wellness Center is located in the Clinton Health Campus, 1738 Route 31 North, Clinton.


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