The National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota has been active across greater Minnesota, helping to create Parkinson Friendly Communities in Fargo, N.D., Alexandria and Willmar, and is beginning its efforts in St. Cloud and Mankato.
Through a generous grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, NPFM has been working towards creating awareness about PD in a state that ranks third in the nation in Parkinson’s patients per capita.
Here’s a look at what NPFM has been up to this summer, and what the communities can look forward to in the upcoming months.
Fargo: NPFM hosted guest speaker Liz Ogren, founder of Pedal and Roll, for a community biking and informational session.
Willmar: NPFM paired with Liz Ogren for a two-day event, highlighted by a “Prospering with Parkinson’s” discussion on a Thursday evening followed by a Pedal and Roll event on Friday morning. Thursday evening, the PD community was encouraged to come together and get active to help alleviate symptoms of PD while having fun and learning how to incorporate even the smallest physical activities into everyday life. On Friday, participants had the opportunity to try out several adaptive bikes and experiment with nordic walking.
St. Cloud: An initial task force meeting was held in July with overwhelming support. NPFM is looking forward to attending more support group meetings, hosting a biking event and also hosting a guest speaker in the upcoming months.
Mankato: NPFM will be hosting its initial task force meeting on September 30. For more information please contact NPFM executive director David Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 763.545.1272.