Did you know that there are more than 1 million people in the United States who struggle with Parkinson’s disease; approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed every year. Studies over the years have supported the notion that rigorous exercise that includes gross motor movement could favorably impact range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait, and activities of daily living, so it makes sense that boxing could improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Founded by a former prosecutor in Indiana who was living with the illness, Rock Steady Boxing was invented as a means to educate, give hope, healthy exercise and self-confidence to a community around the world who needs to discover a new and innovative way to live with Parkinson’s. We are pleased to announce that First Baptist Jackson will be adding this program to the list of offerings in our Christian Life Center.

Although all fifty states have adopted the program, First Baptist Jackson is only the third location in Mississippi. The other two are in North Mississippi. First Baptist Jackson is renovating an existing space in the Christian Life Center to house the program that will launch in early June.

Do you know someone with Parkinson’s? Contact Jaime Douglas at jdouglas@fbcj.org for more information on the program.