Parkinson’s Programs 


Research shows exercise can provide specific benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease. There is evidence that exercise can help manage symptoms, slow progression of the disease, and improve social engagement.  

At the YMCA of Upper Palmetto, we offer several different programs specifically for anyone with a neuromuscular or  cerebrovascular condition like Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.  Our goal is to improve quality of life by promoting a culture of active lifestyle to maintain or increase independence, safety and well-being.  These programs help to improve and maintain coordination, strength, flexibility, balance and cognitive function.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a cycling program that aims to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35 percent reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference in many who try it. This program meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 at CSD Community YMCA.  

Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Delay the Disease (DTD)

This small group exercise program, provides encouragement, support and lots of fun that set it apart from standard workout routines. Each class coordinates movement, flexibility, muscular strength, balance, dexterity and cardio fitness designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s disease. This program is geared specifically to help you counteract the movement challenges presented by Parkinson’s. DTD offers hope and optimism while helping preserve your independence and elevating your mood. This program meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 at CSD Community YMCA .  For more information contact [email protected]


Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing is a nationally acclaimed program that provides hope and empowers men and women living with Parkinson’s disease to be more independent and improve their quality of life.  Click here for more information.


Pals with Parkinson’s Social Group

Come join us for a great time! 

Together we will celebrate and support each other, make new friends, and enjoy some refreshing snacks

This social event is open to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their spouses and/or caregivers. Membership is not required.

WHEN: 2nd Wednesday of the Month

TIME:  3:30pm-4:45pm

WHERE: CSD Community YMCA (Community Room)

For more information, please contact

Jennie Dawkins, Director of Community Health
[email protected]


Angie Smith

Angie Smith, is a gifted writer, encourager and loving mother of four. Together with her husband, former NFL player Steve Smith, they established The Steve Smith Family Foundation, which is dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need while advancing causes  close to the family’s heart – Promoting family health & wellness as well as the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

In 2022, The Steve Smith Foundation and Mecklenburg County partnered to create Charlotte’s first behavioral health urgent care, a 24/7, 365 urgent care facility dedicated to mental health and substance abuse needs.

Angie’s commitment to her family, transparency and unselfishness, by putting other’s needs before her own, is an inspiration to all of us!

Alan Tyson

Alan Tyson is the President Architech Sports and Physical Therapy. He was the former Vice President of Sports Performance and Rehabilitation for OrthoCarolina. He is a physical therapist board certified as a sports clinical specialist, a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has worked with the Charlotte Knights (AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) and continues to serve as a consultant to the team. Alan is also a consultant with the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Eagles.

Alan has spoken regionally and nationally on various training topics including the foot and ankle, spine care, hip and knee rehabilitation, and he has developed two continuing education courses on the shoulder. He has written 3 books and developed specific training programs for the female athlete, the baseball pitcher, and for football players preparing for the NFL combines. Alan is also an associate editor of the National Strength and Conditioning Journal. He co-hosted a weekly radio show “Health Headlines” on 1110AM WBT with Stacey Sims and Dr. Russ Greenfield for 3 years.

Antoinette Johnson

Meet Antoinette Johnson, the inspiring culinary star of “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation” Hailing from Lexington, KY, she transforms simple, humble ingredients into extraordinary dishes, all while championing the use of fresh, locally-sourced produce. Through her triumph on “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” Antoinette’s unwavering perseverance catapulted her career, proving that with passion and determination, anything is possible. With a heart dedicated to community and a love for supporting local farmers, Antoinette’s journey is a testament to embracing change, fostering growth, and inspiring others to follow their culinary dreams.

Beyond her culinary triumphs, Antoinette is a firm believer in the power of evolution and perseverance. She stands as a shining example of how one can constantly evolve, change, and grow on their journey to success. Antoinette’s story is one of resilience and determination, inspiring others to follow their passions despite any challenges they may encounter.

Now, with a cookbook deal and cash grand prize, Antoinette is forging ahead on her culinary adventure, driven by the desire to prove herself and inspire her daughter.