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Continuing Education and Recertification Course Information

OhioHealth Delay the Disease is able to reach people with Parkinson’s disease thanks to healthcare professionals, atletic trainers and personal trainers that get trained to lead classes at senior living communities, the YMCA, churches and more locations across the nation.

Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals, Athletic Trainers and Personal Trainers

Healthcare professionals and trainers interested in becoming certified to teach Delay the Disease programming, can attend a continuing education course provided by Delay the Disease. Continuing education credits are approved for PT through the Ohio Board (OPTA) and for OT/RN/trainers through the Ohio Board (OTPTAT). Currently this course is offered in Columbus, Ohio.

The course is entitled “Evidenced-Based Concepts for Planning and Implementing a Parkinson’s-Specific Community Exercise Class Using the Delay the Disease Parkinson’s Fitness Program”. Instructors include Jackie Russell, David Zid and a physical therapist who has specialized instruction in movement disorder/Parkinson’s disease pathophysiology.

The training provides evidenced-based updates on the effects of exercise and physical therapy on the symptomatic management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Each participant will be able to integrate this knowledge, along with teaching techniques to create and lead a comprehensive, community-based, PD-specific exercise program based on the Delay the Disease fitness agenda.

  • The participants will select appropriate assessment tools — outcome measures for the evaluation of people living with PD.
  • They will understand the importance of motivation, enthusiasm, optimism and methods of teaching.
  • These methods will be used to design a fitness agenda to treat a specific symptom related to PD.
  • Ultimately, each participant will become certified to teach Delay the Disease classes, acquiring knowledge to successfully create and implement an interdisciplinary exercise and wellness program for people with PD.

If you are interested in attending our Parkinson's Continuing Education course and potentially teaching a Delay the Disease class at some time, the professional requirements are that you must be one of the following:

  • PT/ PTA
  • RN
  • Athletic trainer, personal trainer or group exercise instructor with one of these (or similar) certifications: ACE, ACSM, NSCA, ISSA
  • Exercise physiologist

CE hours are available for PT, OT, RN, PTA, COTA and athletic trainers.


Instructors for the courses are:

  • David Zid, BA, ACE, APG
  • Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR
  • Leslie Wolf, PT, DPT, NCS

Course pricing is below. Cost includes Delay the Disease DVD and handbook.

  • OhioHealth Associates: $175
  • Non-Associate Early Bird Pricing: $295
  • Non-Associate Pricing: $345
2020 CE Course Offerings

Each of our two-day CE courses are conducted in Columbus, Ohio at:

OhioHealth Bing Cancer Center
500 Thomas Lane; Lower Level, Classrooms A and B
Columbus, Ohio 43214

For each date listed below, the session start/end times are as follows:

  • Friday: 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Choose a date below and register for our CE course.


In addition, we are offering two-day CE courses at: 

Bedell Family YMCA 
1900 41st Street 
Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360 

Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31 
Contact Cindy Rosa at (507) 401.6184 for registration.

Wesley Des Moines 
816 S 216th Street 
Des Moines, Washington 98198

Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5 
Call (206) 824.5000 for registration.


For questions regarding Delay the Disease CEU classes and certification, please contact Jackie Russell at

Find out how your institution/university/organization can host this course in your area by email at or phone (614) 566.1189.

Delay the Disease Recertification Courses

The Delay the Disease (DTD) Recertification Course is now available online. This course is designed for the healthcare professional and fitness trainers who have taken the original Delay the Disease 10 hour CE course more than two years ago. The original CE course must be recertified every two years. The fee is $50 for professionals who are not OhioHealth employees; there is no charge if you are employed at OhioHealth. Credit hours for this course are available from the boards in the state of Ohio for PT, OT, and Athletic Trainers. You will spend approximately three hours completing this course.

If your original certificate has already expired, please follow the User Guide (PDF) to log in and access this recertification course.