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Dec. 2, 2005
Contact: Jim Peters, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-9142.

KU wins national continuing education technology award for exercise video

LAWRENCE -- University of Kansas Continuing Education has won a second national award for continuing education programming for an educational exercise video and DVD that KU dance professor Janet Hamburg developed for people with Parkinson's disease.

The Association of Continuing Higher Education presented its 2005 Creative Use of Technology Award to KU Continuing Education at its national conference Nov. 1 in Madison, Wis. The association, founded in 1939, comprises public and private universities in the United States, Canada and Europe.

" Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's" is a pioneering approach based on research to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's disease. Hamburg, who also is a certified movement analyst, developed the approach.

" Motivating Moves" features an instructional section with computer animations of a moving skeleton, a 30-minute seated exercise routine and practical tips for solving daily movement challenges. Available on video and DVD, it is a collaboration between Hamburg, KU Continuing Education senior producer/director Jim Jewell and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in New York City. It is endorsed by other Parkinson's organizations across the country.

The exercise program is designed to help people with Parkinson's better manage their symptoms and improve their breathing, flexibility, sense of balance, facial expressiveness and dynamic movement and vocal range. About 1.5 million adults in the United States have Parkinson's.

More than 5,000 copies of the video and DVD have been distributed since its release in March 2004, and the program has received praise from Parkinson's disease foundations, including the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., and neurologists, health care providers and people with Parkinson's disease.

KU Continuing Education previously won the national 2005 University Continuing Education Association Outstanding Noncredit Programming Award, the 2005 Association of Continuing Higher Education Region 8 Exceptional Noncredit Program Award and the 2004 University Continuing Education Association Great Plains Region Innovations and Contributions Award for Hamburg's program.

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