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Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Presents a Free One-Day JUMPSTART® Program in Alsip, IL – Saturday, April 11, 2015

February 16, 2015

Program held in collaboration with the National MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter.
 
Avon, Colo. • January 13, 2015 – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’s free one-day JUMPSTART Program, held Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Chicago, IL, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Alsip, is an educational and interactive program where people with MS and support partners learn the knowledge, skills and tools to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors and actively co-manage their MS. This JUMPSTART Program, held in collaboration with the National MS Society – Greater Illinois Chapter provides presentations, workshops and interactive sessions for participants to see themselves beyond the challenges of their MS.
 
“Traditional medical models for managing chronic disease tend to overlook many important aspects of living with MS, including the emotional, interpersonal, mental and social health of a patient,” said Lauri O’Brien, Director of Programs, Can Do MS. “We offer a comprehensive, personalized and interdisciplinary approach to enable people to become active co-managers of their health and well-being.”
 
Can Do MS connects the expertise of industry professionals from across the field of MS care management including neurologists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered nurses, physicians and nutritionists. Each JUMPSTART Program is customized and covers topics ranging from how to deal with cognitive and fatigue issues to goal-setting, nutrition, exercise and maintaining emotional well-being.
 
Scheduled Workshops and Presentations:
  • Overcoming Communication Obstacles – David Rintell, EdD
  • Diet & MS: Guiding Personal Choices – Denise Nowack, RDN
  • Tips & Tools for Adapting to Your Daily Activities – Beth Bullard, OTR
  • Support Partner Workshops - David Rintell, EdD
 
The support partner workshop allows family members and/or friends to be acknowledged, understood, accepted and respected by a community of peers and health professionals.
 
This JUMPSTART Program is limited to 100 participants and will fill quickly. Please register online at
www.mscando.org/jumpstart or call Suzanne Vondrell at 800-367-3101 ext. 1276.
 
A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colorado, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 800-367-3101.
 
 

About the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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