Ann Romney is hosting a women’s brain health event at Equinox

–Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe

Every 66 seconds, someone in the Unites States develops Alzheimer’s.

Maria Shriver, Emmy-winning journalist and niece of Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy, is working to increase awareness about the epidemic and raise funds for research with the Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge. As part of her initiative, a fitness event called Move for Minds will happen simultaneously on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at six Equinox locations across the country.

Participating cities include Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Orange County. Former First Lady of Massachusetts Ann Romney will emcee the Boston event.


The three hour event will include a 45-minute yoga class, a 45-minute cardio-boxing session, and guided meditation. Participants will also get to peruse a marketplace with local experts in science, innovation, food, fitness, and well-being. The experts in Boston will include Alzheimer’s researcher and author Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Dr. Tracy Young-Pearse, who is studying the genes involved in the disease.

“It’s to connect all the dots in this space,” Shriver said of the event on her YouTube page. “It’s to connect cardiovascular exercise to meditation to yoga to food to brain science. So we’re bringing the rock stars of all of those worlds together. Because what we can do is learn more about how those worlds are connected.”

Participants must raise at least $250 by May 21. For more information and to register, visit the Move for Minds website here.

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