Health & Wellness

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Launches Exercise Class for Parkinson's Patients

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - A unique exercise program entitled “Rock Steady Boxing,” which is based on training used by boxing professionals that has been adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease, will now be available at the Center for Health and Wellness at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center (BHACC) located in Livingston.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique and evidence-based program to our community,” said Diana Toto, program director. “Our trainers are certified to offer Rock Steady Boxing training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease who live in the area.”

According to BHACC, the Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years and launched in 2012 to share the Rock Steady Boxing Method with other people who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. The training method centers on promoting muscle and neurological triggers that are helpful in combating Parkinson’s. 

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The coaches at the Center for Health and Wellness completed the requirements of Rock Steady Boxing and have been officially certified by the Rock Steady Boxing headquarters and training center in Indianapolis.

According to BHACC, some benefits to Parkinson’s patients include improved gait, balance through trained footwork as well as improved coordination through glove work. Most patients also experience increased energy, confidence and quality of life while engaging in a fun and fit activity.

Rock Steady Boxing serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability.


Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Center for Health and Wellness, Lower Level (entrance by pond) located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston.

To learn more or to sign up for Rock Steady classes, call 973.322.7444, prompt No. 2. 

Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

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