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National MS Society Moves Forward with New Program to Help Those Newly Diagnosed with MS


Multiple sclerosis (MS) interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body, and it stops people from moving. But a new local program is now available, to help those newly diagnosed with the disease move forward. The program, which begins January 25, 2010, is called "Living Well with MS," and it offers people in Kern County a chance to work with medical, fitness, nutrition, and behavioral health experts to diminish the effects of the disease.

The 12-week program combines online and in-person courses to accommodate those who work. The online portion is highly interactive, allowing participants to complete exercises and discussions in their own time frame. In addition, every Monday at 6:30pm, participants will meet at Total Woman Fitness at 9901 Hageman Road to work with a fitness trainer, a yoga instructor, and a mental health professional.

In the 12 weeks, participants will:

develop a comprehensive personal fitness and nutrition plan

understand and better manage MS symptoms

develop positive emotional and spiritual health practices to use across their lifetime

increase their ability to cope with the diagnosis and unpredictability of MS

meet others living with MS in a setting of shared support.

Anyone, both men and women, who has been diagnosed with MS within the last seven years can participate. Space is limited and applications must be submitted by January 15, 2010 to allow time for set up for the online portion of the class. For information on the program and how to receive an application, contact Kim Kotrla at 661.321.9512 or go online to www.livingwellwithMS.com. If you would like to learn more about multiple sclerosis, or other programs of the National MS Society, please call 1.800.FIGHT.MS (344.4867).

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