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National MS Society Wellness Listings in the New Jersey Metro Area  

New Jersey Metro Sponsored Wellness Classes
The National MS Society offers Wellness programs in the New Jersey Metro area, for people with MS. Classes are adapted for different abilities. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Registration is required, no fees to attend; contact our MS Navigators at 1-800-344-4867 or email to learn more. Please visit us again in September 2017 for a listing of Fall Wellness Classes.
One Step for MS program is held at several YMCAs in New Jersey. The National MS Society New Jersey Metro area, and the YMCAs listed below, are proud to collaborate in offering a customized wellness program for individuals with MS. The One Step program is a free 12-week, 24-session wellness course designed for adults with MS. The program includes cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, balance, and flexibility exercises in a small, supportive and adapted group environment. One Step aims to provide attendees with a welcoming community where people with MS can improve strength and physical fitness, diminish the severity of their symptoms, develop supportive relationships, address the issues of fatigue, mobility, weakness and depression and improve their quality of life.

For more information and to register for these programs, contact the YMCA nearest you from the below listings:
To find out if there’s a local YMCA in your area, and if they offer any adaptive exercise classes, click on:  

Additional MS Specific Wellness Partnerships, include the following
SWIM, Inc. (Specialized Water Interest Movement) is a non-profit organization began in 1975 to assist adults with muscular impairments to obtain water based therapy. It operates in a number of community and YMCA pools in New Jersey, stretching from Sussex to Cape May. Each program, or chapter, run by a dedicated group of volunteers, encourages adults with Multiple Sclerosis, Post-Polio Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, and other mobility impairments to enjoy FREE aquatic exercise in a safe and caring environment. Website:

MS Water Exercise Program
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Contact: Ellen Daudelin, Aquatics Director, 908-889-8880
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
If you’re living with MS, this water exercise program may help with building strength and enhancing your quality of life. Improve cardiovascular fitness, range
of motion, endurance, flexibility, balance; and relieve your MS-related fatigue. Taught by a certified National Multiple Sclerosis Society Instructor.

YWCA Bergen County in Ridgewood, is offering NJ Aqua Therapy
For adults with orthopedic and/or neurological conditions, as well as those wishing to continue supervised exercises following the conclusion of physical therapy. Includes cardiovascular, strengthening and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion. There are additional programs such as - Aqua Therapy Private classes, Arthritis class, Aqua Combo, Deep H2O and Chair Yoga.  Please contact: Heather Seeback, Aquatics Manager,, YWCA Bergen County, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450, Phone: 201-444-5600, ext 327.

MS Aqua Therapy Class, Co-sponsored by Physical Therapy by the Bay and Toms River Fitness and Aquatic Center. A group physical therapy class conducted in a swimming pool. Every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Toms River Fitness and Aquatic Center, in the K-Mart Plaza on Route 37. Chair lift is available. Class is taught by a licensed Physical Therapist and consists of exercises that target strength, flexibility, balance, posture, co-ordination and functional activities. $5.00 per person charge for each class attended. Medical Release note from your doctor required for participation. Contact: Carol Buckwalter, 732-270-0224 

The Linda E Cardinale MS Center at CentraState Medical Center offers a 12-week, comprehensive wellness program that is the first of its kind on the east coast. Designed to address the physical and psychological issues associated with MS, this life-affirming program helps strengthen mind and body through education, aquatics and exercise. Learn more about this valuable program click here
Wellness at Kessler - Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation offers two unique programs for people with MS who are interested in wellness and cognition. The programs focus on creating a greater awareness and understanding of the many changes and challenges that individuals with MS may experience and empowering persons to gain a greater quality of living through education, support and experiential activities. Kessler’s team of MS specialists, including a neuropsychologist, psychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and others, will introduce evidence-based cognitive strategies, psychological treatment and wellness-based practices. The Living with MS series and Wellness Seminars run for ten consecutive weeks from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Kessler’s West Orange and Saddle Brook locations. There is a spring series and a fall series offered of ten sessions each. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. Interested individuals will participate in a clinical interview and evaluation to best identify and explore the range of physical, cognitive and emotional concerns. For more information and to register, please contact the Neuropsychology Department at 973-324-3634 or visit the Kessler Website
Wellness Discussion Guide for People with MS and Their Healthcare Provider
This guide is designed to ensure that people with MS and their healthcare providers have the information and materials they need to engage in effective conversations and decision-making around wellness and lifestyle interventions. You can view and download the Guide from this link:



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