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March 14, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU wins national continuing education award for Parkinson's exercise video

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

The University Continuing Education Association will present its 2005 Outstanding Noncredit Program Award to KU Continuing Education at its national conference, March 30 to April 2 in Boston. The association, founded in 1915, comprises 650 public and private accredited universities across the nation and is among the oldest university associations in the United States.

" 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. More than 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, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, neurologists, health care providers and people with Parkinson's disease.

KU Continuing Education also won the 2005 Association of Continuing Higher Education Region 8 Exceptional Noncredit Program Award and the 2004 UCEA Great Plains Region Innovations and Contributions Award for the program.

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