Take the Handwriting Challenge

A Delay the Disease study designed by David Zid and Jackie Russell

David and I have a theory that large muscle exercises (with big movement), performed on a daily basis, may have a positive impact on motor dexterity, and therefore improve small, shaky handwriting. Take this challenge and help us try to prove our point.

Enroll in the Handwriting Challenge

What does the Handwriting Challenge involve?

It involves you, the person with Parkinson’s, performing a group of 4 different large muscle, big movement exercises EVERY SINGLE DAY, for a period of 12 weeks. Please try to perform your exercises during your “on” time. Also attempt to perform at the approximate same time of day if possible. Complete all repetitions. Being consistent with the exercises is very important – we want our study to be reliable and valid. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete this set of exercises, so this is easy and doable for anyone.

We will ask that you log your exercises daily on paper so we can keep track of your work. Then at designated intervals (every 3 weeks) we will have you write a sentence and look at how your handwriting may change. We also need to collect a bit of information about you up front so that we can determine the kind of group we have with respect to when you were diagnosed, age, gender, etc.

If you have medication changes during this twelve week period, please document this on your log sheet. Write down the dosage/medication change and the date of that change.

Ultimately, we would like to analyze our findings and perhaps write about and publish our results. If this happens, we would certainly maintain your privacy and never release your name or other private personal information. This project is completely voluntary, and if at any time you would like to stop your participation, you are free to do so.

If your handwriting does not improve, this has NOT been time wasted. These exercises may also benefit your ability to walk, improve rigidity and perhaps reduce tremor. You have nothing to lose.

If you are interested in participating, please fill out the enrollment sheet at the top of the page and sign at the bottom. When you have completed 12 weeks of daily exercise (filled in daily log sheet) and the interval handwriting samples, send the 3 sheets back to us (enrollment form, log sheet, handwriting sample sheet) at this address:

Delay the Disease/Handwriting Challenge
PO Box 20370
Columbus, Ohio 43220

David and I are excited about this project and will certainly share our results. Good luck, and keep exercising!

Jackie Russell, RN, BSN
David Zid, BA, ACE, APG Certified Functional Fitness Trainer