OhioHealth Delay the Disease

OhioHealth “Delay the Disease”, an evidenced-based fitness program designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease, is one of the newest members of the OhioHealth family of neuroscience programs. The community-based wellness program is designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes tremors, stiffness, slowness, behavioral disorders, sleep problems and functional decline.

“Medicare data shows, in Ohio alone, more than 21,000 people are treated for Parkinson’s Disease each year, with 7,500 new cases diagnosed every year,” said Connie Gallaher, OhioHealth System Vice President of Neuroscience. “With Delay the Disease, OhioHealth is able to bring this extraordinary program to more Parkinson’s patients, giving them the opportunity to help with management of the disease through exercise.”

The Delay the Disease program compliments OhioHealth’s full continuum of expert neurologists and neurological rehabilitation specialists, with a wellness program offering fitness classes, Delay the Disease personal training, and instruction available as a book and DVD.

At OhioHealth, we are dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) manage their symptoms and maintain a quality of life. It’s one of the many reasons we offer OhioHealth Delay the Disease™, a fitness program designed to empower people with PD to take control of the disease with daily exercise.

The empowering results of our Delay the Disease exercise program can help participants:

  • Move about with ease and confidence in a crowd
  • Get out of bed or rise from a chair independently
  • Improve handwriting
  • Dress independently
  • Diminish worry that stiffness, slow steps and other symptoms are obvious
  • Regain a sense of moving with normality

OhioHealth Delay the Disease Video Clips

Delay the Disease co-founder David Zid and several participants discuss the benefits of the program and their experiences.



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