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Malakoff Rotary hears more about Parkinson's exercise regimen

The Malakoff News of Malakoff, Texas

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The News Correspondent MALAKOFF-Malakoff Rotarians learned more details Tuesday, June 14 about the GZ Sobol Parkinson's Network, which includes an exercise course that is being offered in this area exclusively by Cedar Lake Nursing staffers.

Cindi Calloway, who is the regional director of Cedar Lake Home, Health and Hospice, has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She told the Malakoff Rotary Club that Gary Sobol is hiking again at age 72, well after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. The exercise regimen has nearly become a national sensation, with prominent Parkinson's crusader Michael J. Fox requesting National Parkinson Foundation funding for the course upon seeing its video, Calloway said.

Sobol traveled to Cedar Lake to teach his patented course to about a dozen Cedar Lake staffers, who are in turn offering the class free of charge. Cedar Lake covers Henderson, Smith, Navarro, Van Zandt, Freestone and Limestone counties and is one of the few remaining family-owned nursing services in Texas.

The Parkinson's course is part of Cedar Lake's local outreach, Calloway said, with "our family taking care of yours," she added. "We want to teach the community and improve the community and its life, and we're glad to be able to do it locally," she said.

The first 2.5-hour course, which is geared toward those with Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, started June 6 in Gun Barrel City, with nearly 40 people in attendance. It is offered from noon to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City, located at 121 E. Main St.

The course will be offered next at Living for the Brand Cowboy Church in Athens (902 NE Loop 7) from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 27, lasting six weeks. Cedar Lake hopes to teach the course in Corsicana, and has had inquiries from Fairfield, Ennis and Waxahachie.

"It's really a good support group," Calloway said, "and people are seeing others get better."

Malakoff Rotarians also hosted the regional director for Salvation Army, Sharon Walker, during its June 7 meeting. Walker discussed the history of the organization and gave an overview of the projects the organization undertakes to help the needy. Malakoff has had a local chapter of the Salvation Army for more than a decade.

Walker was the guest of Rotarian Teri Caswell, who also informed Rotarians about the "Food on the Move" program, which offers free meals for children ages 1-18 at two area churches. One is based at Trinidad United Methodist Church (103 E. Scruggs) from 12:30 p.m. until 1:05 p.m., June 6 to Aug. 12. The other is offered at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Log Cabin (5441 FM 3054) from 1:25 p.m. until 2 p.m., June 6 until Aug. 12.

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Original Publication Date: June 17, 2016

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