About the Founders of Delay the Disease

David Zid – BA, ACE, APG

Director, Movement Disorders and Musculoskeletal Wellness

Director, Movement Disorders and Musculoskeletal Wellness

David Zid is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been a professional fitness instructor in Columbus, Ohio, since 1997. Certified through ACE and APG as a personal trainer and functional fitness trainer, respectively, he is the owner and president of David Zid HealthWorks, a personal training company that he started in 1999. As an energetic coach for hundreds of clients and other personal trainers, he has developed a special interest in the older adult client, and now the Parkinson’s client. He is currently the Director for Movement Disorders and Musculoskeletal Wellness at OhioHealth Delay the Disease™.

His focus on Parkinson’s disease clients has been very rewarding. He is the leader and co-founder of OhioHealth Delay the Disease™ — group exercise classes specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s disease, which started in 2005 when he joined forces with Jackie Russell. He is the author of the book and corresponding DVD “Delay the Disease™ – Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease” and “Delay the Disease™ — Functional Fitness for Parkinson’s” which highlights short exercise agendas that are based on a functional task that may be challenging to the Parkinson’s individual (i.e., freezing, getting out of the car, getting out of bed, getting off the floor).

David helped pioneer the creation of an instructional certification course for Delay the Disease™, targeting healthcare professionals. It is an evidenced based program with detailed information on starting a community-based Parkinson’s-specific exercise program, as well as a “train the trainer” component that instructs techniques for teaching and creating the exercise programs. Additional instructional courses include seminars for homecare agency personnel, and rehab companies. He and Jackie Russell co-instruct their Carepartner Seminar that focuses on the needs of the caregiver. David has been a featured symposium speaker both in the US and internationally (including London, Ontario, Stockholm, Sweden and Melbourne, Australia).

Delay the Disease has grown since joining forces with the OhioHealth healthcare system in 2013. Zid and Russell have created risk stratified classes to include chair, basic, mixed, advanced, and boot camp levels. OhioHealth Delay the Disease classes are now available in 17 states as well as Canada and total over 400. People with Parkinson’s come from around the country to train one/on/one with David so that he can create a personalized fitness agenda based on their needs. 

David has an ongoing interest in Parkinson’s research and is an author on the peer review study in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (2014) entitled "Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study using a delayed start design." Current research involving a retrospective look at one year of Delay the Disease class data is being submitted for publication.

Jackie Russell – RN, BSN, CNOR

Program Development Coordinator OhioHealth Delay the Disease™

Program Development Coordinator OhioHealth Delay the Disease™

In her 35-year career as a registered nurse, Jackie Russell boasts a dedicated interest in the treatment of People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and their caregivers/care-partners. Credentialed with professional achievement in perioperative nursing (CNOR) and ACLS certified, she is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been employed in a variety of surgical nursing specialties (neurologic, orthopedic, cardiac and oculoplastic surgery). She is currently a nursing supervisor for Michael McShane, MD at OrthopedicOne, a specialty total joint replacement practice in Columbus, OH, as well as Co-Founder /Program Development Coordinator for OhioHealth Delay the Disease™.

Touched by PD when her mother-in-law battled the disease, Jackie became professionally involved in the PD community while working for Dr. Thomas Mallory, who became afflicted with PD while in orthopedic surgical practice. Her collaborative effort to help translate and spread the Delay the Disease™ exercise program to all PWP is a message of hope. She joined forces with David Zid to create this program in 2005.

She has been a featured speaker with David at many Parkinson’s conferences throughout the country. She functioned as an editorial assistant for Dr. Mallory in writing his memoir, The Man Behind the Mask – Journey of an Orthopaedic Surgeon, published by The University of Missouri Press in 2007. This book is an inspiring account of his life as a renowned hip replacement surgeon whose career came to an abrupt halt with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. His response to this diagnosis is an exemplary lesson for all. Russell authored an article in Today’s Caregiver magazine in 2006 and was honored to author an article in the Summer 2008 issue of European Parkinson’s Nurses Network, a European medical journal circulated throughout the world, entitled Exercise: the Positive Effects.” She again published in the Sept/Oct 2009 and Feb 2010 issue of AgingWell magazine. She continues to have an interest in Parkinson’s research and is an author on the peer review study in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (2014) entitled “Effects of a Formal Exercise Program on Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study Using a Delayed Start Design.”

Jackie Russell was voted one of Central Ohio’s 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know (January 2009) for her work with the Parkinson’s community. She and David grew Delay the Disease to a national program in nine states with instructional courses for healthcare professionals, rehab companies, and home care companies. They joined the OhioHealth Family in 2013 and became the first wellness program in the OhioHealth system.

Jackie has found a special niche with the development of an instructional seminar geared toward caregivers and PWP. Train the Caregiver provides methods and functional fitness techniques for the care-partner to help their loved one with a daily home PD exercise program. She also focuses on the importance of “caring for the caregiver.” Jackie advocates that daily exercise can empower people to face this disease with a proactive attitude, encouraging them to believe “I may have Parkinson’s, but it does not have me.” Exercise may just be the newest drug in the treatment of this disease.