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Fort Hill Activity Center Wellness Series Presents “Parkinson’s Disease” on May 26

The next presentation in the Fort Hill Wellness Series will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. live via Zoom, focusing on Parkinson’s disease, its progression and ways to relieve symptoms or even slow the disease progression.

The speaker is Mitra Afshari, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of Neurology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.  In addition to seeing patients, she researches Parkinson’s disease and interventional therapies for movement disorders.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Afshari to the Wellness Series to share her medical expertise about Parkinson’s disease,” said Kristina McGrath, fitness manager at Fort Hill Fitness. “Approximately 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year, and we are seeing a growing interest in the fitness classes that we offer for those living with Parkinson’s.”

The webinar is free for Fort Hill Fitness members and $5 for others. Each attendee must register through the Naperville Park District. Fitness members must register in person at Fort Hill Activity Center, located at 20 Fort Hill Drive, or call 630-995-8900. Nonmembers may register online here

In 2020, Naperville Park District introduced “BIG Moves,” a virtual fitness class for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, and recently added in-person TRX classes for Parkinson’s participants. According to fitness instructor Maura Connor, regular exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms and delay the continuation of the disease. Participants have confirmed this in their own experience as explained in a 2020 ParkTalk podcast episode, “BIG Moves.”

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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