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Plank4Parkinsons logo. 16.08.2017September 20 2017

Community pharmacies are being asked to get involved in the Plan4Parkinson’s campaign to raise funds for research into Parkinson’s disease.

 The National Pharmacy Association is supporting the campaign, which is led by the charity Parkinson’s UK. Following on from other internet crazes, such as the bucket of water challenge, the Plank4Parkinson’s campaign challenges people to hold a yoga pose of the plank for one minute.

The charity wants people to post videos of them doing this online to raise awareness and also to donate funds to help research. Videos can be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Plank4Parkinsons/) or via Twitter using the hashtag #Plank4Parkinsons.

Explaining why the plank has been chosen, Parkinson’s UK said: “The plank is a generic fitness position, known worldwide and often used in pilates and yoga. It appeals to all demographics, beginners and experts alike. After holding a plank for one minute, activated muscles become tired and the body reacts by cramping, aching or shaking – symptoms often associated with Parkinson’s.”

The NPA is encouraging its members to #Plank4Parkinsons and to promote the initiative to their customers. It is distributing a #Plank4Parkinsons poster to pharmacies this week.

“Pharmacies play an important role in supporting people living with Parkinson’s,” said the NPA. “Medicines regimes for people living with the condition can be complex, so support from a pharmacist is vital. Pharmacies can also support early identification and thereby enable timely management of the condition.”

Links:
Parkinson’s UK announcement  
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