Maria Shriver and Equinox, New York, announced this week the inaugural MOVE FOR MINDS event scheduled for May 21.
MOVE FOR MINDS is a gathering of women, men and medical experts who say that raising funding for women's brain research will help cure Alzheimer's Disease. The event will take place at Equinox clubs in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County (California), San Francisco, Boston and Washington, DC.
Participants at the event will "engage their brains and bodies in physical fitness challenges," including Equinox's The Cut exercise program, while hearing from experts in brain research, fitness, food, nutrition, stress/sleep and caregiving, according to a media release.
"Our members live a high-performance lifestyle where they want to keep both their bodies and their minds in the best shape possible," Scott Rosen, chief operating officer, Equinox, said in a statement. "Equinox is committed to bringing Alzheimer's and brain science out of research labs and hospitals into the clubs. As leaders in health and wellness, we are honored to partner with Maria Shriver, the premier advocate in Alzheimer's advocacy and women's empowerment, on the MOVE FOR MINDS experience."
All proceeds from MOVE FOR MINDS will fund women's brain research initiatives at partner organizations of The Women's Alzheimer's Challenge, an initiative of A Woman's Nation, including the Alzheimer's Association, Cure Alzheimer's Fund, The Lou Ruvo Center at the Cleveland Clinic, The Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the research of Dr. Roberta Brinton.
By 2050, 16 million people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and a majority of these people will be women, according to the Alzheimer's Association's Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report.
"Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer's crisis, which is why we must be at the heart of the solution," Shriver, founder of MOVE FOR MINDS, said in a statement. "I am proud to stand with Equinox Sports Clubs and the empowered collective of movers and shakers in creating a movement. MOVE FOR MINDS, I hope, will bring into the light a disease that is bankrupting our families and our nation and will take a page from the successful cancer and AIDS movements that have gone before it."
Medical experts and celebrities expected to attend the MOVE FOR MINDS events:
- Daniel Amen,M.D., author, psychiatrist and founder of Amen Clinics
- Marcus Antebi, founder, Juice Press
- Carol Ash, D.O., director of sleep mMedicine at Meridian Health
- Dale Bredesen, M.D., director of Neurodegenerative Disease Research, UCLA
- Roberta Brinton, Ph.D., expert in Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Pamela Brown, CNN correspondent
- Jenna Bush Hager, NBC News correspondent
- Mallika Chopra, businesswoman and author of "Living with Intent"
- Anna Chung, Equinox Sports Clubs yoga instructor
- Cat Cora, Chef, author and TV personality
- Patti Davis, author and daughter of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan
- C.C. Donelan, M.A., director of education for Brain Health & Wellness Center
- Keith N. Fargo, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association, director of scientific programs and outreach, Medical and Scientific Relations
- Molly Fox, yoga guru and fitness expert
- Patrick M. Fuller, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, sleep medicine, Harvard University.
- Leeza Gibbons, Television and Radio Personality and Alzheimer's Advocate.
- Joshua Grill, Ph.D., associate director, UC Irvine Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
- Risa Groux, holistic nutritionist
- David Harris, vice president of health and human performance, Equinox Sports Clubs
- Liz Hernandez, "Access Hollywood" correspondent
- Cheryl Hines, actress, producer, director
- Gail Huff, broadcast journalist.
- Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
- Richard Isaacson, M.D., director, Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian
- Rebecca Katz, M.S., educator, chef and author of "The Healthy Mind Cookbook"
- Hoda Kotb, NBC "Today Show" co-anchor
- Jill Lesser, president, Women Against Alzheimer's
- Jana Lewison, Equinox Sports Clubs yoga instructor
- Lisa Ling, journalist and host of CNN's "This is Life with Lisa Ling"
- Max Lugavere, Filmmaker, Media Personality, Science Vlogger.
- Maeve McCaffery, Equinox Sports Clubs yoga instructor
- Zachary Miller, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, UCSF Memory and Aging Center
- Natalie Morales, NBC "Today Show" news anchor
- Soledad O'Brien, broadcast journalist
- Norah O'Donnell, "CBS This Morning" co-anchor
- Rebecca Pacheco, yoga and meditation teacher, author of "Do Your Om Thing"
- Lu Parker, KTLA correspondent and former Miss USA
- Pam Peeke, M.D., host of HER radio, author of New York Times bestsellers "Body for Life for Women" and "The Hunger Fix"
- Jasmin Rahim, nutrition expert and wellness coach, founder of Moving Nutrition
- Mimi Rieger, Equinox Sports Clubs yoga instructor
- Ann Romney, former Massachusetts First Lady, author and global ambassador, Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Woman's Hospital
- Lily Sarafan, CEO, Home Care Assistance
- B. Smith and Dan Gasby, authors of "Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's"
- Anne Sweeney, entertainment executive
- Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy professor of neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard; New York Times Bestselling author of "Super Brain" and "Super Genes"
- Anne Tumlinson, founder of Daughterhood
- Joshua Wesson, sommelier, restaurateur and TV personality
- Tracy Young-Pearse, Ph.D., assistant professor Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Josh Zabar, owner, Immortal Herbs
- Willow Bay, director of USC Annenberg School of Journalism
- Jeffrey L. Cummings, M.D., Sc.D, director of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
- Giada De Laurentis, chef, author and TV personality
- Nelson Dellis, world memory champion
- Lisa Genova, Ph.D., neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice"
- Arianna Huffington, co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media
- Billie Jean King, founder Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, co-founder World TeamTennis
- Gayle King, "CBS This Morning" co-anchor
- Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D., author of "Memory Preservation Nutrition, Brain Healthy Foods"; Boston University Alzheimer's; Disease Center faculty; co-founder Alzheimer's Association
- Glennon Doyle Melton, author of "Carry On Warrior" and upcoming "Love Warrior"
- Lauren Miller Rogen, actress, screenwriter and founder of Hilarity For Charity
- Julianne Moore, actress and activist
- Ai-Jen Poo, founder of Caring Across Generations
- Andy Puddicombe, meditation and mindfulness expert, co-founder of Headspace
- Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., psychiatrist and author of "Super Mind"
- Bob Roth, executive director of David Lynch Foundation
- Brooke Shields, actress, author, mental health advocate
- Rita Wilson, actress, singer, producer