Hello, everyone! It’s Shelia, the owner of Longevita, and today I want to share with you some truly inspiring news. We recently received a heartfelt letter from the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), and it’s with great pride and admiration that I write to you about our Service Provider Optimism Award nomination.
First and foremost, I want to express our deepest gratitude to the APDA for recognizing the incredible work being done right here in our Parkinson’s community. The dedication and efforts of our NeuroFIT coaches, Heidi and Cheryl, have not gone unnoticed. To have them nominated as two of the esteemed candidates for this year’s Service Provider Optimism Award is a true privilege and a testament to their unwavering commitment.
The selection process for this award was undoubtedly challenging, with each nominee making significant strides in fostering optimism within Parkinson’s community. While Heidi and Cheryl were not selected as this year’s award recipients, it’s important to note that this decision in no way diminishes the value and impact of their MANY contributions. In fact, the APDA have expressed that they have no doubt that they will see their names mentioned again next year, as their work has resonated with our community in such a profound way.
Heidi and Cheryl have made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people living with Parkinson’s disease. Their program, NeuroFIT, has become the heart of our success, continually growing and gaining momentum. Through their careful design, they have created a program that addresses the unique challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s, including essential body movement, balance, strength, and cognitive tasks.
What sets Heidi and Cheryl apart is their warm, easy-to-follow, fun, and effective approach. They provide a solid foundation for learning, growth, and the fight against the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Their professional manner and compassionate ways have touched the lives of countless individuals, providing hope and understanding.
These remarkable coaches give their all, going above and beyond to tailor the program for each individual’s needs. They ensure that everyone gets the most out of it, always with a positive attitude that keeps our Parkinson’s community moving, all while wearing smiles. The weekly workouts have become something to look forward to.
But it’s not just about exercise; Heidi and Cheryl have a gift for keeping the classes upbeat and fun. Their optimism makes each class a meaningful experience, and they are constantly encouraging our community to reach for progress.
Heidi and Cheryl have been instrumental in helping individuals regain confidence in their daily lives. They are incredibly supportive, providing encouragement to each participant and inspiring them to discover a renewed sense of self and purpose on their journey with Parkinson’s disease. The periodic assessments they conduct show participants how they are progressing or maintaining their quality of life capabilities, serving as a source of motivation to continue putting forth their maximum effort.
Being in a class with Heidi and Cheryl means experiencing optimism and hope firsthand. They have the unique ability to energize and encourage an entire room of Parkinson’s patients with their educated and optimistic guidance. They lead with a core belief that there is always strength in hope, both physically and mentally, and they prove it daily.
One heartwarming testimony comes from a participant’s husband, a Parkinson’s patient, who described every group workout session as a support group. In those sessions, he feels supported, valued, and optimistic about having a quality of life and living his best possible life. This sense of inspiration and encouragement has fostered deep bonds among participants, all with immense gratitude and respect for Heidi and Cheryl’s devotion and leadership.
In closing, I want to express my immense pride in having Heidi and Cheryl as part of the Longevita family. Their dedication, passion, and optimism have made a profound impact on our Parkinson’s community, and they deserve all the recognition and appreciation that comes their way.
APDA Optimism Award Nominees 2024
Heidi Bowen & Cheryl Remington
Heidi and Cheryl are the heart of NeuroFit in Auburn, Washington. Designed for people with Parkinson’s, this thriving, growing program provides a well-rounded exercise and maintenance program. They specialize in helping PwPs address the unique challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s, including essential body movement, balance, strength, and cognitive tasks.
Participants love Heidi and Cheryl as they understand Parkinson’s and tailor their program to the needs of each individual. Their warmth and compassion provide the foundation for PWPs to learn and grow in their skills.
Heidi and Cheryl are known for making their classes fun and energetic, so everyone looks forward to the next one.
As one of her participants said, “They continue to give me hope and understanding. They have helped me improve and maintain my good health and outlook on life.”
Thank you, Heidi and Cheryl, for helping our PD community remain active and hopeful for the future!
We look forward to celebrating Heidi and Cheryl, along with all the nominees, in the coming month through our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn), on our website, and various other channels. Together, let’s continue to support and inspire one another on this journey, knowing that there is strength in hope.
Thank you, Heidi and Cheryl, for your outstanding contributions, and thank you to the APDA for recognizing the incredible work happening in our community.
With gratitude and optimism,
Owner of Longevita