Meeting to explain boxing program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

CONWAY  Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center will hold an informational meeting from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday for a new medically integrated class for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Rock Steady Boxing, a national program which offers a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum, is designed to slow symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 

“While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there is research that indicates that more intense exercise has been shown to improve patients’ balance, posture, and other symptoms,” said Mallory Lefler. Lefler is fitness coordinator at Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center. She achieved a specialized certification to lead the program and is also an ACE certified personal trainer.

A physician referral is required to participate in the program. Lefler will assess participants and report findings to their physicians.

During the June 17 meeting, more details will be explained about Rock Steady Boxing and how it helps people with the disease.

Classes will begin in July and participants will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program fee is $70 per month. For more information, call 501-450-9292, ext. 300.