Empowering you to set goals, remove barriers, and take action toward a healthier, more functional lifestyle.
Specializing in fitness for individuals with chronic conditions and Parkinson's disease. American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer.
Kris has dedicated over 20 years to the health and fitness of others. She has built a career on not just “working out” clients, but by helping individuals find the keys they need to unlock a healthier lifestyle. Any personal trainer can give their clients a good workout, but a great trainer will educate, inspire, empower, and build relationships.
With a background in healthcare and physical rehabilitation, Kris has experience with chronic conditions and numerous specialty certifications including:
Free and low cost exercise and support programs have been helping those in the Eastern Iowa Corridor since 2011 in contracted locations throughout Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. All of our classes are held in rented spaces in churches, gyms, etc.
As the need increases, a permanent location is required to provide services in one central building. This building will hold exercise classes, support groups, a resource and referral center, as well as offer services such as massage, educational presentations, and counseling.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms
Aside from working with your doctor on an ongoing plan primarily involving medications, one of the most important things you can do is exercise. Many people cite swimming, walking and yoga as favorites. The universal benefits of exercise in helping everyone feel better and improving overall health are well-documented. There is evidence that exercise may hold specific benefits for people with Parkinson's in staying active and relatively limber, and improving balance and motor coordination.
Whether you care for someone who is newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), you are adapting to new challenges as the disease progresses or you have been living with PD for a long time, you have the right and responsibility to make the care partnership most productive with the least amount of stress and conflict.Remember: you have a dual role as a caregiver: to care for the person with Parkinson’s and to take care of yourself.