Because exercise is so important to your health, the Blue Ridge Chapter offers an incentive for everyone with MS to participate: The Wellness Incentive program. The Wellness Incentive program provides funding (up to $150 per year) help to defray the costs of joining an exercise facility or participating in recreation classes. This incentive is available to EVERYONE with MS in the Blue Ridge Chapter, regardless of income. Click here to download your application or call 1-800-344-4867 to request a printed application by mail.
Wellness is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability.
For a person living with MS, the road to wellness involves more than treatment of the disease. Equally important are health promotion and prevention strategies, satisfying personal relationships, a strong support network, fulfilling work and leisure activities, a meaningful place in the community, and adequate attention to one's inner self.
Family members and caregivers also need to pay attention to their own health and well-being. In order to offer the best possible care and support to someone else, it is important to make sure that one’s own needs are being addressed.
Exercise is a key component of your overall healthcare strategy, but that doesn't mean you need to be a super athlete to enjoy the benefits. Studies show that moderate aerobic exercise improves cardiac health, stamina, and mood, and helps manage symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and bladder and bowel difficulties. Stretching exercises—whether done on your own or with a helper—can relieve stiffness and improve your flexibility and mobility. Learn more about good ways to get yourself moving—and have fun while you’re doing it.