Online Course
Parkinson’s Lifestyle Medicine – Nutrition and Sleep Hygiene
Strategies to optimise diet and sleep for individuals with Parkinson’s

1-1.5 hours





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Z Altug
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Ziya "Z" is a physical therapist specialising in lifestyle medicine

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Approximately 10 million people worldwide are currently living with Parkinson's. Meta-analysis of worldwide data reveals that the prevalence of Parkinson's increases with age, quadrupling from a level of almost 0.5% in the seventh decade of life to approximately 2% for those over the age of 80. Other sources report that Parkinson's affects 1.5-2% of the population aged over 60. Parkinson's is associated with the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra of the midbrain. It is typified clinically by resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia and a number of non-motor features such as anosmia, sleep behaviour disorder, depression, autonomic dysfunction, and cognitive dysfunction. The aetiology of this disease is not fully understood, but it is believed that environmental and genetic factors may be causative. These include various lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, dietary intake, and physical activity that will be discussed in this course. This first of four courses in a series will specifically address nutrition and sleep hygiene for people with Parkinson's.


The purpose of this course is to introduce lifestyle medicine approaches involving nutrition and sleep hygiene that have therapeutic and preventive potential in relation to Parkinson’s.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the overall aim of Lifestyle Medicine and six therapeutic approaches to achieve this aim
  • list two effects of the Mediterranean Diet on individuals with Parkinson’s
  • identify the need for patient education in restorative sleep strategies
  • discuss twenty patient education strategies to improve restorative sleep

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Financial disclosure by Z Altug: I published the book, The Lifestyle Medicine Toolbox with Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London) on February 21, 2024.
No relevant non-financial relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Great continuation on the Wellness and Lifestyle strategies course! This course includes a more in-depth discussion about foods and sleeping tips to help with reducing symptoms of PD.
Carolien Benade
South Africa