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Exercise for Parkinson's Disease

June 21, 2018

In this special MJFF Third Thursday Webinar, we hear from Team Fox Athlete and Person with Parkinson's Disease Jimmy Choi about his journey to compete on NBC's obstacle course competition "American Ninja Warrior." A host of the show and member of the MJFF Board of Directors, Akbar Gbajabiamila, discusses his role in the Parkinson's community. Watch the short film below about Jimmy's empowering story.

Later in our hour, our on-staff movement disorder specialist and a Parkinson's physical therapist discuss why exercise is good for treating PD, what exercises can help ease certain symptoms and how to get started with an exercise regimen.

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Changing Course: Jimmy Choi’s Story

Webinar Details


Thursday, June 21, 2018


1 hr


12:00 pm ET

  • MJFF offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for practicing health care professionals for each Third Thursday Webinar. Click the link in the Resource List after viewing the webinar to take the post-test survey and receive your CME credit.

    Date of Original Release: June 21, 2018
    Date Credit Expires: June 21, 2020

    Learning Objectives
    • Explain how exercise can promote brain health. 
    • Summarize how exercise can ease Parkinson's motor and non-motor symptoms. 
    • Discuss what forms of exercise are useful for Parkinson's. 
    • Describe how to get started and stay committed to exercise with Parkinson's.
    Target Audience

    This educational activity is designed for primary care physicians, family practice physicians, general medicine physicians, geriatricians, general neurologists, movement disorder specialists and any other health care practitioners who manage patients with Parkinson's disease.


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Oakstone Publishing, LLC and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Oakstone Publishing, LLC has assessed conflict of interest with its faculty, authors, editors and any individuals who were in a position to control the content of this CME activity. Any identified relevant conflicts of interest were resolved for fair balance and scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity. Oakstone Publishing, LLC's planners, content reviewers, and editorial staff disclose no relevant commercial interests.


    Rachel Dolhun, MD
    Vice President, Medical Communications
    The Michael J. Fox Foundation
    Nothing to disclose. 

    Jimmy Choi
    Member, MJFF Patient Council
    Team Fox Athlete and American Ninja Warrior
    Nothing to disclose.

    Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS
    Founding Therapist at The Dan Aaron Parkinson's Rehabilitation Center
    Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital/GSPP
    Nothing to disclose.

    Akbar Gbajabiamila
    Host, "American Ninja Warrior"
    Nothing to disclose.

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