MOVE. LAUGH. CONNECT.

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We hope these videos will spread the message of Move, Laugh and Connect to help people extend their functional years. This message is appropriate for everyone, especially older adults. Physical, emotional and social dimensions are recognized as critical to the total well-being of the individual. Move! Laugh! Connect!


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Move. Laugh. Connect

A Tribute: Our Peeps


“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” Jim Rohn

The Story

Many people have asked me, how did you think of this idea? Actually, it was a merger of emotions that evolved slowly. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago. I attended several physical and speech therapy sessions at different sites. Fortunately, some friends recommended a Movement Disorders class close to our home. This became the home base of the story.

The instructor was excellent and the exercises were very beneficial. There was a fun, social element, and I realized that something was occurring that would become very important. Friendships begin to form. We laughed together and cared for each other at a deep level, perhaps because we shared some of the same challenges.

As I reflected on why the class was so relevant, I realized that Move, Laugh, Connect, each were a vital component of the class. These collectively provided a strategy for our class to build on. The synergy of these three modules became powerful and unlike any previous program experience. I wanted to share this example with others in the movement disorder community beyond our local class. I sensed that we had hit on something special.

I realized that the most powerful and efficient way to get a message out is via the internet and especially social media. Since I am a “shade-tree musician,” I reasoned that if I wrote a rap song and produced a video featuring our class members; it may become a defining moment for others in the movement disorder community. I selected the rap genre because it is “happening” and typically not of our generation. This combination could be fun and entertaining.

From the beginning of this project, my wife and I were amazed at the support at all levels from the class members, the exercise instructors, fitness club staff, the music production crew, the videographers, and the video production crew. This project touched a nerve.

The class was unified and became a special team. We wanted to keep our message “organic,” so we chose to fund the video ourselves without sponsors. We wanted it to be heartfelt from people to people. It is for our “Peeps,” worldwide.

The filming of the video was a “hoot!” We laughed at and cheered for each other. Many people attended the filming sessions just to watch and support others. Everyone in the video has a movement disorder, none were actors. The strawberry tattoo was real! Not a single participant was harmed during the filming!

Charles & Susan

A Tribute Our Peeps:
The Cast

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Our Peeps: Spotlight

We’ll be spotlighting our peeps over the next few months. Please click below to learn more about Barbara Ellen Dixon Harris

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A Tribute Our Peeps

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”  Muhammad Ali

SPREAD THE WORD

We hope you’ll help us spread the message of Move, Laugh, Connect by sharing this website & video with your friends, family, colleagues, and community.

To share these videos with friends & family, copy and paste the following links into an email or social media post:

A Tribute: Our Peeps – https://youtu.be/y_94ryO7k1s

Move. Laugh. Connect – https://youtu.be/0JwLtvhl-JI

To embed these videos on your blog or website, copy and paste the following code:

A Tribute: Our Peeps
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Move. Laugh. Connect.
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A Tribute: Our Peeps


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Our Strategy

MOVE: Physical inactivity may be the greatest public health issue of our time. Studies conducted at The Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas, show that a physically active person has about a 20 year advantage over a sedentary person in terms of function. Empirical data supports that exercise and physical activity are strongly associated with improved heart and lung function, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, decreased risk of diabetes and hypertension, weight control, and an overall increase in both physical and emotional health. The true goal of exercise, however, is to create and maintain a body that will let us live life with quality. Exercise can extend the functional years and this is particularly critical to those with movement disorders. Kudo’s to the thousands of scientists, organizations and practitioners who have quantified the benefits of exercise and legitimized it as a valued prescription in our daily lives. Exercise is medicine. It’s a powerful pill. We must continue to MOVE.

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


FAQs

Q: What is this all about?
A: Spreading cheer, inspiring.

Q: Is there a sponsor, government, or brand associated with Move, Laugh, Connect?
A: No, none have been solicited. This is people helping people. The message is not influenced by business.

Q: How can we stay current with you?
A: Via this website, www.atributeourpeeps.com, and Like us on Facebook.

Q: How can we contact you?
A: you are welcome to email us at movelaughconnect@gmail.com.