Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis Patients Take the Slopes

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Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis Patients Take the Slopes with Colorado Neurological Institute in Winter Park

Colorado Neurological Institute and Winter Park collaborate for patients with neuro disorders


On February 13th, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will host a day of winter fun and education for Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis patients and their families at Winter Park Resort. Following a complimentary breakfast, participants will attend an education program, which includes presentations by area neurologists and CNI Affiliates, Allen Bowling, MD, PhD and Rajeev Kumar, MD, MBA. After the educational program, participants will enjoy complimentary ski passes, courtesy of Winter Park Resort, as well as snow shoeing, tubing, ice skating and shopping.

Topics covered in the education portion of the day are Exercise and Other Wellness Approaches for MS and Other Neuro Disorders and Importance of Physical Activity and Staying Fit with Parkinson’s and Other Neuro Disorders. Beth Fox, Director of Operations at the National Sports Center for Disabilities (NSCD), will also speak about the use and availability of adaptive equipment.

Registration is limited to four per family. While this program is free to attend, a suggested donation of $25.00 per person would be greatly appreciated to help offset program expenses. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Deb Stef at 303-357-5440 or

Additional Information: Lessons will be available through NSCD for an additional cost. Adaptive equipment is available.Transportation will be provided by CNI. More information is listed on attached program and at

“We are so excited about this partnership with Winter Park Resort, and their willingness to truly reach out and accommodate for our patients and caregivers.  It’s going to be an amazing day of education, skiing, snow fun, relationship-building and more.  We want everyone in Colorado to know that even if you have a chronic neurological condition, like Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis, you can still do the things you love, stay fit, and be active – even in the winter,” said  Tami Lack, MA, CFRE, Executive Director of CNI.

“If exercise was a medication, it would be the most common prescription that I have written for MS over the course of my career.  Exercise and other wellness approaches play an essential role in the overall treatment of people with MS, yet these approaches are still under-utilized.  I’m very excited about this event because it gives us the chance to review the fascinating and important information in this area and also allows everyone to put that information ‘into practice’ at Winter Park,” said Allen Bowling, MD, PhD.

“With this event we hope to build awareness of the importance of exercise in the treatment  Parkinson’s disease.  Exercise should continue year around and for all age groups including the elderly  and we hope to encourage such participation during winter when it is often hard for people to keep up their activity level without making a special effort,” said Rajeev Kumar, MD, MBA.

About Colorado Neurological Institute

Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988.  As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offers patient services, education and research opportunities for people with neurological conditions of all kinds and their caregivers.  Services include patient assistance funds, care coordination, counseling, rehab, educational programs and more.  More than 50 neuroscientists are affiliated with CNI and the list is growing.  Learn more at












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