July 12, 2010

SMH HealthPlex Dance Party for Parkinson's

This Friday, the Sarasota community will gather at the Sarasota Memorial Healthplex Fitness Center for an evening of Latin, Zumba and ballroom dancing in support of Neuro Challenge Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical, educational and emotional support to those suffering with debilitating life challenges such as Parkinson Disease.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Neuro Challenge Foundation understand the proven benefits of dancing and other movement therapies for Parkinson patients. The two organizations worked closely together to develop the unique program Smart Moves, an integrative approach to health that centers on a simple but important concept: that attitude and exercise are essential to keep your body, mind and spirit up and moving. Smart Moves activities range from aquatic therapy, acupuncture and therapeutic massage to ballroom dancing, gentle yoga, tai chi and art therapy. Each activity offers scaled down and customized movements that empower people to overcome their physical limitations and help them stay ahead of their disease.
“Dancing with the Plex” begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16. The fun-filled evening will include an hour of Latin and Zumba dancing with local dancers Felipe, Ana, Maurina and Linda, a professional ballroom dance show by Dance Fusion Professionals (featured on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”), two hours of Latin dancing with live band VocesLibre, and more—including a surprise dance from a Healthplex staff member. $10 tickets include two drink tickets (beer, sangria or water) and one raffle ticket for a Healthplex dance lesson package. Advanced tickets are encouraged and may be purchased at the Healthplex, 5880 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota (3/4 mile west of I-75 off of Clark Road) or by calling (941) 917-7000. All proceeds from the event will benefit Neuro Challenge Foundation.

About Neuro Challenge Foundation: The Neuro Challenge Foundation (NCF) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson Disease and their caregivers through service, education and research. NCF funds programs and activities that promise to ease the burden of Parkinson Disease through patient-centered professional education, community forums and scientific and clinical research. 9,000 people in Sarasota and Manatee counties are coping with Parkinson Disease. Neuro Challenge Foundation helps these patients and their caregivers with the day-to-day decisions that help them to cope with this chronic and progressively debilitating disease through individualized care plans, educational and support programs, and referral services. Patients, caregivers and nationally recognized scientific experts advise us and lead the way as we invest in the science and services that will lead to a cure. For more information, please call (888) 623-4483 or visit www.neurochallenge.org.

About Healthplex Fitness Center: The Sarasota Memorial Healthplex Fitness Center is a health and fitness facility combining all of the amenities of an upscale fitness club with the world-class medical expertise of the region's top health care system. With an impressive array of fitness equipment and programs, and the finest restorative and rehabilitative care when prevention is not enough, Healthplex is designed to promote optimal health and keep people out of the hospital. Healthplex offers a variety of programs under the supervision of specially trained health and fitness professionals. For more information, please call (941) 917-7000 or visit www.sarasotahealthplex.com.