Living Better with Parkinson’s
Program Participant Criteria of Acceptance

All LBWP programs are currently available online until further notice.


Be independently mobile


Ability to direct and monitor own activity level

PD Move Well Fitness Program

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 10:00 to 11:00 am
Two sessions per week for four weeks
Trainers: Nathalie Beaulieu
Program Cost: $10.00 or whatever a person can afford

Based on acceptance, you will be contacted for a 1-hour preliminary intake consultation
with Lead trainer – Nathalie Beaulieu –

Program Goal: The ‘Move Well Fitness’ program primary goal is to enable participants to move better by practicing simple and effective fundamental and functional movements that stimulate major muscle groups and mimic common movements of daily living at home, at work, or in sports enabling a person to live better with Parkinson’s disease.

The Living Better with Parkinson’s organization is offering a series of Move Well functional fitness program in person at the Collingwood Squash and Fitness Centre. Fitness professionals are offering coaching of this group exercise program specifically for those living with Parkinson’s disease. The program is limited to a maximum of six people per session.

As part of the intake process, you are asked to complete the intake forms below and return to Catherine Smart (Program Director) via email at or in person at the Collingwood Squash and Fitness Centre no later than Tuesday November 2nd. Based on acceptance, you will be contacted for a 1-hour preliminary intake consultation with Lead trainer – Nathalie Beaulieu.

Client Health History and Fitness Consultation Form

2021 PAR-Q+ Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

ePARmed-X+ Physician Clearance Follow-up Form

To join the PD Be Well program, you must confirm that you meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease by a neurologist.
  • You can safely walk without the assistance of mobility aids for at least an hour.
  • You have obtained clearance from your family physician to join a fitness program.
  • You have proof of vaccination (two doses) against COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be able to join the program.

We are following current provincial guidelines regarding COVID-19. You will be required to wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering the building and checking-in with the front desk. You will be asked a few COVID-19 screening questions on arrival.

Improve Physical Function

Provide an environment to improve physical function and social interaction

Small Groups

Coach a small group of a maximum 6 participants over a 4 week period to safely and effectively perform fundamental and functional exercises

Building Blocks

Implement foundational “building blocks” and functional movement-based exercises with a focus on mobility, balance, strength, and coordination

Personalized Coaching

Provide as needed, individualized regressions and progressions of exercises to participants

Challenge and Encourage

Encourage participants to challenge themselves resulting in increased functional capacity

Pleasureable Experience

Mix exercise with fun

Nathalie Beaulieu
Certified Personal Trainer & Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Specialist, RN, BScN, MHSc

Nathalie’s passion to help and care for the well-being of others by promoting health and fitness along with understanding how the body moves as we age and live with medical conditions has led to her special interest and talent working with aging adults, especially those living with Parkinson’s Disease.

With her healthcare background as a registered nurse (retired) in both acute care and rehabilitation settings and her personal fitness journey and experience designing and implementing tailored fitness programs with fundamental movements to improve strength, balance, endurance and activities of daily living, she has helped many individuals along their fitness journeys.

When Nathalie relocated to Collingwood in 2019, she was selected to deliver a researched-based exercise program PD SAFEx (Parkinson’s Disease Sensory Attention Focused Exercise) in partnership with Dr. Quincy Almeida and his team from the Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. She successfully delivered the program to a group 16 individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

Nathalie is a lifelong learner dedicated to ongoing professional development of her practice to maintain and continuously enhance her knowledge and skills to better support her clients. Nathalie has recently obtained a certificate of specialization as a Parkinson’s Disease Fitness Specialist. Other certifications and achievements include Active Aging Certificate, Registered Nurse, Bachelor Degree in Nursing, Master Degree in Health Sciences (Health Administration), and Nordic Pole Walking Instructor.

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