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June 6, 2017

North Manchester, Indiana – Peabody Retirement Community is introducing the North Manchester area to Rock Steady Boxing, an exercise program based on training used by boxing pros, and adapted to people with Parkinson’s disease. Classes, led by certified coaches in Peabody’s Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center, are open to the public.

“This unique exercise program is actually helping people with Parkinson’s fight back against the disease,” says Rod Craft, Executive Director of Peabody Retirement Community. “The program can actually help reverse, reduce and even delay the symptoms, leading to a healthier, happier life. We’re delighted to be able to offer it at Peabody.”

Suitable for men and women of all ages and levels of ability, the Rock Steady program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced coaches. No boxing experience is necessary.

The Rock Steady Boxing Method was developed in Indianapolis, Ind., over the course of seven years and the team behind it, Rock Steady Boxing, Inc., launched a training camp to officially train and certify instructors/coaches, including the team at Peabody.

According to Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Executive Director Joyce Johnson: “We have always believed in the Rock Steady Boxing Method. When evidence began to emerge that our program had a very positive impact on the ‘boxers,’ our mission became clear—to share our knowledge and experience with all people with Parkinson’s.”

The Rock Steady Boxing program works by moving the body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as ‘boxers’ progress through the workout. The diversity of Parkinson’s symptoms must be addressed simultaneously, and published medical research by the University of Indianapolis, Butler University and the Cleveland Clinic have shown that forced, intense exercise like Rock Steady Boxing can reduce, reverse and delay symptoms.

Individuals interested in the Rock Steady Boxing program at Peabody’s Billy Jane Strauss Wellness Center may call (260) 982-0396 for program details about enrollment, costs and class times. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at

About Peabody Retirement Community
On 33 acres of tranquil and pristine beauty in North Manchester, Indiana, Peabody is a life plan community offering a complete range of residential and healthcare lifestyle options including independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and memory care. Here, the lives of senior adults are enriched through recreation, education, and culture in an atmosphere of grace, compassion, and respect. To learn more, call (260) 982-8616.

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