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April Walk with a Doc Events Raise Awareness for Parkinson’s
Louisville, KY (April 3, 2015) – April is Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month. KentuckyOne Health will partner with the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana and University of Louisville Physicians to offer Walk with a Doc events in Louisville to improve awareness of the disease. Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive brain disorder.
The first Walk with a Doc event for Parkinson’s will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 10-11 a.m. at the Parklands of Floyds Fork Egg Lawn. Kathrin LaFaver, MD, a movement disorder specialist with UofL Physicians Neurology, will lead this free walk while answering questions about Parkinson’s disease.
A second Walk with a Doc event will be held Saturday, April 25, from 10-11 a.m. at Shawnee Park. Participants should meet at the middle concourse parking lot, just north of the bandstand on the river side of the park. The walk at Shawnee Park will be led by Colleen Knoop, APRN, a clinician with UofL Physicians Neurology.
According to the Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, research indicates that over one million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease. The average age of onset is 60, but people have been diagnosed as young as 18.
No registration is required for KentuckyOne Health’s Walk with a Doc events. More information is available by calling Annabelle Pike at 502.333.8136, or by visiting http://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/walkwithadoc.
Walk with a Doc events are held monthly throughout Louisville as part of a nationwide program that empowers people to improve their health through physical activity as they exercise side-by-side with their health care providers. Participants can also receive complimentary health screenings at the event.
All are welcome; participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to walk together toward a healthier lifestyle.
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