Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Program

$30/month $60/month All


Classes are ongoing, participants may join at any time. Program registration and intake required.


The OhioHealth Delay the Disease ™ (DTD) is a unique, community-based PD exercise program that consists of group classes that include brief episodes of high-intensity aerobic work followed by PD-specific task training. Core stability, eccentric strength training, dual task training, large amplitude walking, rotational movements, integrated cognitive challenges, fine motor drills, and balance training are incorporated at a challenging level of difficulty for all functional abilities. The program is a structured class of aerobic training followed by task-specific training within a community-based PD specific group exercise format. Delay the Disease is an evidence-based fitness program, led by a certified Delay the Disease instructor, designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders as well as their caregivers and spouses. Delay the Disease participants have access to the following classes:

  • Delay the Disease (multi-levels)
  • Moving for Better Balance and Strength
  • Artist in Residence (AIR)
  • Project your Voice
  • NEW! Rock Steady Boxing (Caldwell)

The YMCA Healthy LivingCenter is pleased to partner with a local physical therapist and professor at Idaho State University, Dr. Evan Papa, to offer an exciting opportunity to participate in an exercise research project for people with Parkinson’s disease in Canyon County.
Dr. Papa is bringing the Rock Steady boxing program to the Caldwell Y in collaboration with the Delay the Disease program in an effort to study the effects of the Rock Steady program on mobility and fall risk over a 3 month period beginning September. Rock Steady Boxing is a one-of-a-kind exercise program created to help people with Parkinson’s. This non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine is proving to dramatically improve the ability of people with Parkinson’s to live independent
lives. Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points, while focusing on overall fitness. Workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate. Dr. Papa’s research is investigating the effect of the Rock Steady boxing program on functional mobility and fall risk in Parkinson’s. If you qualify for the study you will be asked to complete a series of balance tests at the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center, before, during, and after 3 months of the Rock Steady program.

Delay the Disease Class Information

Contact Mary Biddle-Newberry for more information at 208 344 5502 ext 276 or via email at
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The Treasure Valley Family Y believes that every individual is of promise. Therefore, no one is denied Y services due to the inability to pay. For more information please visit our Financial Assistance page.