Juneau Rock Steady Boxing

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Introducing Kerry Howard, the winner of this year's Optimism Award! Every year, APDA Northwest honors a member of our Parkinson's community who has made a significant impact by living the APDA motto of “Strength in optimism. Hope in progress.”

Kerry was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016 and in a short time has made a giant impact! Among Kerry’s many accomplishments that led to her selection as this year’s Optimism Award winner includes being a volunteer, advocate, and ambassador for her PD community, working on policy issues, and lobbying Alaska’s congressional delegation about Parkinson’s concerns. Kerry also helped establish the first Rock Steady Boxing program in Juneau, Alaska, and procured funding for this program to go virtual during the pandemic so that people from all over the Northwest (and the country!) could participate. And her friends and PD peers will tell you, she is an optimistic force to be reckoned with!

Join APDA in congratulating Kerry Howard and celebrating her strength in optimism!
Kerry Howard Juneau Rock Steady Boxing
Hey Fellow Boxers! Here is an opportunity you may be interested in. You likely already know that cramped handwriting, known as micrographia, affects an estimated 75% of people living with Parkinson’s disease. Therapeutic exercises, like handwriting practice, could potentially help — improving handwriting, increasing brain activity, and keeping patients more connected to who they are.

As part of their commitment to people living with PD, Neurocrine Biosciences created Parkinson’s Cards to HeroesTM, a free, community-based program honoring everyday heroes through handwritten letters from people living with PD. They would love to have you participate!

The program was designed to help motivate people with Parkinson’s disease to keep up their handwriting exercises by writing messages of gratitude to heroes around the nation, including those at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us safe during these unprecedented times.

Here’s how it works: People with Parkinson’s disease, or their loved ones or caregivers, can visit PDcardstoheroes.com and sign up to request a free kit of custom greeting cards.
Neurocrine Biosciences will mail you a kit, which includes:
Five custom cards, including exercise grids
An instruction sheet, including five sample messages that you can choose to transcribe—or write your own!
A pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope to Operation Gratitude, which distributes the completed cards to heroes, including our frontline medical workers. Once the heartfelt messages are finished, simply pack up and send all your handwritten cards in the envelope provided.

As our frontline heroes keep fighting, we can all keep fighting too. They encourage you to request your kit or pass along this opportunity to your loved ones today.
Did you guys see the article in April edition of the Costco Connection magazine? They talk about the benefits of exercise & mention RSB!

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/202004/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=1&folio=85#pg88
ROCK STEADY BAND: Bart Koehler sent the following link to a YouTube video by the Rock Steady Boys. He also noted there's a new Rock Steady Boxing class at the Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Center in Arizona! Rock on! ❤️https://youtu.be/OSxnj0rX6OI
When we travel we stop in to available Parkinson’s exercise classes. Here we are in Maui, Hawaii in January, 2020 at the Maui Family YMCA with Erin Davis
Strength in Unity---Everyone got tattoos! ;)
Rock Steady on NBC...

Rock Steady Boxing at Pavitt Health & Fitness encourages and empowers people living with Parkinson?

Operating as usual

08/08/2022

Coach Alec at the Ironman start yesterday! He looked remarkably similar after completing the event. According to the Ironman Tracker, his finish time was 13 hours and.58 seconds. CONGRATULATIONS Alec!!!

08/03/2022

Ironman, Ironman--it's time for the show
Coach Alec is ready, this we all know
He's trained hard and steady, like a dynamo
And he's already our hero, so go, Alec, go!!!

Kerry Howard’s battle with Parkinson’s. Webinars on how to reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint. Rainforest Yoga workshops on how to unlock stress from your body. 03/09/2022

Kerry Howard’s battle with Parkinson’s. Webinars on how to reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint. Rainforest Yoga workshops on how to unlock stress from your body.

Here is a link for the radio interview Coach Janet, Coach Alec and I did yesterday on KTOO:
https://www.ktoo.org/2022/03/08/kerry-howards-battle-with-parkinsons-webinars-on-how-to-reduce-juneaus-carbon-footprint-rainforest-yoga-workshops-on-how-to-unlock-stress-from-your-body-2022-03-08/

Kerry Howard’s battle with Parkinson’s. Webinars on how to reduce Juneau’s carbon footprint. Rainforest Yoga workshops on how to unlock stress from your body. It almost seems counter-intuitive, to fight Parkinson’s disease by putting on some heavy, cushioned boxing mitts and train like a fighter. But that’s

Capital Chat 02-29-22 pt 1 - Capital Chat 02/28/2022

Capital Chat 02-29-22 pt 1 - Capital Chat

Today's interview on KINY in case you missed it! ;)

https://www.kinyradio.com/podcasts/capital-chat/episode/capital-chat-02-29-22-pt-1/

Capital Chat 02-29-22 pt 1 - Capital Chat American Parkinson Disease Association, Northwest Chapter 2022 Optimism Award

02/23/2022

Looks like our class is getting even more attention! This time from the NW Parkinson's Foundation! ;)

Optimism Award Recipient 02/15/2022

Optimism Award Recipient

Thanks Coach Janet for the nomination, Pavitt's Health and Fitness for their support of Rock Steady Boxing and, of course, all the wonderful coaches and boxers! Hope to "see" you at the gala!

Optimism Award Recipient Optimism Award Recipient

02/15/2022

All for one
And one for all
Together we’re strong
And will not fall
We’re brave and fit
On the bosu ball
We put on our gloves
And are ready to brawl
We get on the floor
And do the crab crawl
We go to the wall
So our posture is tall
In other words
We can do it all!
Parkinson’s is hard
But we answer the call
Both today and tomorrow
We’re here for the long-haul!
Rock Steady!

12/31/2021

2021
The year is almost run
We've sure had some fun
But our work here isn't done!
So, here's to 2022
We've got lots more boxing to do!
Happy New Year to me
And Happy New Year to you. too!
Rock Steady!

Many thanks to our wonderful coaches--Janet, Alec, Brandon and Aimee, who gave us another year filled with hope and encouragement! You are the BEST!

12/04/2021

Today we had to say goodbye to Coach Aimee. She will be missed! Here is her "cheesy chant":

Juneau’s loss is Kalispell’s gain,
Rock Steady boxing just won’t be the same.
Thank you Coach Aimee
For your talents and time!
Though you forget to count,
Your kids are sublime.
We are strong and happy because of you
And we wish you luck in all that you do!
Rock Steady!

10/15/2021

Proud to be a part of this "family!" Screen shot from the 15th Anniversary Rock Steady zoom class. Participants attended virtually from around the nation and around the world. Rock Steady!

Boxing May Improve Quality of Life for Parkinson’s Patients, Study... 09/25/2021

Boxing May Improve Quality of Life for Parkinson’s Patients, Study...

Keep boxing friends! ;)

https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/2020/03/09/boxing-may-improve-quality-of-life-parkinsons-patients-study-finds/

Boxing May Improve Quality of Life for Parkinson’s Patients, Study... A non-contact boxing program could improve quality of life and willingness to exercise in people with Parkinson's disease, new data shows. A preliminary study with these findings will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting, to be held in Toronto at the end of April...

This Parkinson's Awareness Month, Help Make Parkinson's History. 04/11/2021

This Parkinson's Awareness Month, Help Make Parkinson's History.

I've donated, have you? Keep up the good fight!

This Parkinson's Awareness Month, Help Make Parkinson's History. Make a donation today to support Parkinson's research programs.

2021 April HOPE Conference ® 04/07/2021

2021 April HOPE Conference ®

Hi, all! I wanted to let you know about an upcoming one-day HOPE conference put on by the NW Parkinson's Association. The conference is on 4/21 and registration is free. The program is set up so that once you register you can watch any or all of the offerings online at your convenience. Please see the attached link for detail about the sessions and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-april-hope-conference-tickets-143372088777

2021 April HOPE Conference ® April HOPE Conference ® MIND, BODY & SOUL

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Women Who Shape MJFF’s Parkinson’s Community 03/29/2021

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Women Who Shape MJFF’s Parkinson’s Community

Our very own Rock Steady Boxer, Kerry has helped shape the Michael J. Fox Foundation community. We are so proud of you Kerry Howard!

Check out this article!

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Women Who Shape MJFF’s Parkinson’s Community This March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is sharing stories from women in our community including the experiences of people with Parkinson’s, care partners, researchers and advocates who continuously impact and shape advancements across Parkinson....

Act Now: Ask Congress to Increase Investments in Parkinson's Research 03/25/2021

Act Now: Ask Congress to Increase Investments in Parkinson's Research

Join me in asking Congress to help support Parkinson's research!

Act Now: Ask Congress to Increase Investments in Parkinson's Research Urge your lawmakers to invest in Parkinson's breakthroughs.

03/22/2021

Hi, all! Just wanted to let you know that the Michael J Fox virtual Policy Forum is going on this week. I'm participating and on Thursday will have a zoom meeting with each of Alaska's Congressional Delegation to discuss Forum priorities.

03/10/2021

Coach Alec instructing Hybrid Rock Steady Boxing in the Pavitt Fitness Studio! Pavitt RSB coaches are giving back to not only the community but to our country by helping those with Parkinson’s Disease !
Juneau RSB has partnered with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association to bring virtual classes to the homes of those fighting Parkinsons Disease across the country!

03/07/2021

Movement Snack:
5 inchworms, 5 Hooks, 3-4s, & 5 rabbits w/ 1-2 punches!

Juneau residents fight back against Parkinson’s | Juneau Empire 03/04/2021

Juneau residents fight back against Parkinson’s | Juneau Empire

Juneau residents fight back against Parkinson’s | Juneau Empire Local class attracts international, virtual crowd of people with the disease.

2021 Magic of Hope Gala & Auction 02/18/2021

2021 Magic of Hope Gala & Auction

You’re Invited to join the Rock Steady Boxing Coaches, Janet and Alec, at the 2021 Virtual Magic of Hope Gala & Auction February 26, 4:00pm Alaska time.

Take part in the Live & Silent Auction through Zoom! All boxing gloves off - fight back against Parkinson’s Disease using your bidding talents.

Register today for FREE! It will be loads of virtual fun for a great cause.

The funds are used to support American Parkinson’s Disease Association Northwest. www.apdaparkinson.org/magicofhope

2021 Magic of Hope Gala & Auction 2021 Magic of Hope Gala & Auction

01/29/2021

Our new grant cycle begins February 6th 2021! Are you ready to fight back?!?

Pavitt has partnered with American Parkinson Disease Association to offer FREE Saturday Rock Steady Boxing classes for those fighting against Parkinson's Disease! We have boxers from all over the country joining the classes virtually so spread the word to those you know with PD. Together we can against Parkinson's Disease!
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Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing inspired fitness curriculum. This small group training is ideal for PD upper levels 1 & 2 and consists of exercises largely adapted from boxing drills that focus on agility, speed, muscular endurance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. People who have enjoyed this program typically have a history of participating in rigorous fitness exercises. In this 90 minute class instructors use tough love to help work through forced-intensity exercises. Prior experience with boxing or MMA is a benefit but not required. This program truly fights back against Parkinson's Disease!

01/13/2021
01/07/2021

What a wonderful quote Coach Brandon brought to Virtual RSB class today!

01/05/2021

Repeat after me...float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. We are rock steady to fight against PD!

01/02/2021

2020 is gone
A new decade is here
We're Rock Steady strong
To face the new year!

ROCK STEADY!!!

12/30/2020

Photos from Juneau Rock Steady Boxing's post 11/25/2020

We are so thankful for our wonderful coaches and amazing boxers who continue to fight back against Parkinson’s. ❤️

Here is coach Alec instructing Rock Steady Boxing virtually on zoom. 🥊

11/12/2020

Coach Brandon having fun with our RSB folks!

Pavitt instructors making the most out of teaching virtually~ here is Coach Brandon instructing facial expression exercises for our Rock Steady Boxers!

10/29/2020

#ThrowbackThurday to Boxing Basics!

09/30/2020

For those of you who may know Ga***rd ‘Oz’ Orsborn passed away Sunday September 27th. He is not only a friend; he has been a loyal Pavitt member and some of you may even remember him from working at the front desk. He was also a dedicated and loved member in our Rock Steady Boxing program for Parkinson’s Disease.

His family is asking in lieu of flowers, that donations be made towards Juneau Rock Steady Boxing at Pavitts.
Rock Steady Boxing will continue to against Parkinson’s Disease in his honor. ❤️

09/07/2020

Juneau Rock Steady Boxing has teamed up with the American Parkinson Disease Association to offer FREE virtual Rock Steady Boxing classes to those fighting against Parkinson's Disease. Classes will be offered on Zoom on Saturdays at 8:30am AKDT starting October 3rd. Space is limited so contact us to register.

Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing inspired fitness curriculum. This small group training consists of exercises largely adapted from boxing drills that focus on agility, speed, muscular endurance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Check us out at gopavitt.com/rocksteady/

09/02/2020

Coach Aimee executing mitt work with virtual participants during Rock Steady Boxing!

At Pavitts, we offer this small group training both live and virtually from the fitness studio. Starting in October, we are offering a free weekly virtual Rock Steady Class on Saturdays to against Parkinson’s Disease!

Contact Coach Keegan at [email protected] for more information.

08/02/2020

RSB class warming up with Aimee, our new assistant coach.

08/02/2020

“Neither endless contemplation, nor years of meditation, can match the thrill of inspiration, felt in our Rock Steady creation. We are Rock Steady!”
~Paul Barnes, Juneau RSB

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation 07/17/2020

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

Over the next three months, the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation is offering three virtual HOPE conferences. Each covers a different topic of interest to Parkinson's patients. Registration is free. Please click on the link to learn more and to register for 1 or for all 3.

https://nwpf.org/participate/events/2020-online-hope-conferences/

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

Fight Back During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

This April, Rock Steady Boxing at Pavitt Health & Fitness, located at 10004 Glacier Highway, will join millions in observing Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to walk, talk, balance and move; Rock Steady Boxing gives those living with Parkinson’s Disease hope. The research-based program offers a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine which has shown to dramatically improve their quality of life.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease and more than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. Recent medical studies, including one at the Cleveland Clinic, focused on intense “forced” exercise and indicated that certain types of exercise can exert a neuroprotective influence and may actually slow the progression of the chronic, incurable disease. Rock Steady Boxing serves participants at all stages of Parkinson’s – from the newly diagnosed to those who have been living with the disease for decades plus.

“Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to raise awareness about the disease our fighters live with on a daily basis and to reflect on their courageous battle. Rock Steady Boxing is about more than just one class or one program, our mission is to inspire and provide hope and better quality of life globally for those who are fighting back against Parkinson’s Disease,” said Keegan Carroll, Rock Steady Boxing Coach & Therapeutic Exercise Specialist of Rock Steady Boxing at Pavitt Health & Fitness.

Rock Steady Boxing affiliates are independently owned and operated. To learn more about Rock Steady Boxing, please contact coaches, Janet or Keegan, or visit gopavitt.com. For additional resources and to learn more about the overall organization, please visit Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. at www.rocksteadyboxing.org/.

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