Free membership for people with Parkinson’s at Swanley Leisure Center

Generic image. Exercising at the gym. Photograph by Amit Lennon © Parkinson’s UK

Submitted for publication by Everyone Active

From April, Swanley’s White Oak Leisure Center is offering people with Parkinson’s a membership which will give them access to group gym, swimming and exercise lessons.

The center is run by Everyone Active in partnership with Sevenoaks District Council and is taking part in the new initiative alongside Parkinson’s UK which was launched on World Parkinson’s Day, Monday 11 April.

Additionally, all members will be offered a personalized exercise prescription through EXi, an easy-to-use exercise recommendation platform, with online Synergy Dance classes also available. Complimentary Caregiver Membership will be available if required.

Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing neurological disease in the world and there is currently no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are over 40 symptoms, ranging from tremors and pain to anxiety.

Physical activity can play an important role in living well with Parkinson’s disease. People with the condition find various activities, from walking to dancing, beneficial in managing their symptoms.

Hasan Romel, Everyone Active’s Regional Contracts Manager, said: “We are extremely proud to launch this partnership with Parkinson’s UK and hope it will make a real difference in the lives of many people.

“Our customers and colleagues are among the estimated one million people affected by Parkinson’s disease in the UK. We want to encourage the entire Parkinson’s community to exercise and believe we have an activity for everyone, no matter your age, ability or fitness level.

“Being more active will help members live well with Parkinson’s, improve physical fitness and mental well-being, and have fun.”

Tom Ingram, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are delighted to partner with Everyone Active, who have very generously offered free membership to people living with Parkinson’s and their carers.

“Physical activity is important for everyone. It supports both physical and mental health and, depending on what you choose, can provide social support and interaction, which can really help people with Parkinson’s and those providing informal care.

“Developing a habit of regular physical activity can make a person feel more in control while living with the disease. Quality of life can be improved and independence and confidence maintained.”

If you have any underlying health conditions, such as heart problems, diabetes or breathing problems, you should contact your GP before starting any new activity.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.everyoneactive.com/promotion/parkinsons/

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