Leisure centers in Harrow will offer free membership to people with Parkinson’s

Harrow Leisure Centers is set to offer free membership to people with Parkinson’s from this month (April).

Centers including Harrow Leisure Centre, Hatch End Swimming Pool and Bannister Outdoor Sports Centre, which are run by award-winning operator Everyone Active in partnership with Harrow Council, are taking part in the new initiative alongside charity Parkinson’s UK which will be launched on World Parkinson’s Day – Monday 11 April.

Free membership will provide access to group gym, swimming and exercise classes.

Additionally, all members will be offered a personalized exercise prescription through EXi, the 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.

John Sewell, Everyone Active’s Head of Contracts, 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 Everybody Active, who have very generously offered free membership to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

“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.

“We hope that with the support of Everybody Active, the Parkinson’s community can take advantage of physical activity and use it to make a real difference in their lives.

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

People with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or respiratory problems should contact their GP before starting any new activity.

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