Posted Thursday, January 31, 2013
Contact: Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing & Communications
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Announces New Two-Day Lifestyle Empowerment Program - TAKE CHARGE™ in Charleston, West Virginia this June
Program held in collaboration with the National MS Society – Blue Ridge Chapter
Edwards, Colo. • January 31, 2013 – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is excited to present a new two-day TAKE CHARGE Program starting on Friday, June 21, 2013, and ending on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Charleston, West Virginia at the Embassy Suites Charleston Hotel. The TAKE CHARGE Program is a wellness weekend for people living with MS and their support partners. This program will explore an interactive and multi-disciplinary approach to MS care management in which participants learn the individualized skills and mindset to take charge of their health and life with MS. In collaboration with the National MS Society – Blue Ridge Chapter, TAKE CHARGE provides educational lectures, interactive workshops, group interactions with MS experts and with others living with MS.
“We are very excited about this program, which we feel will be a life-changing experience for people living with MS and their support partners on an emotional, interpersonal, physical and intellectual level” 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. Program participants will work with our team of MS experts to craft strategies that will bring a greater sense of understanding and control over MS.”
Can Do MS connects the expertise of five industry professionals across the field of MS care management throughout the TAKE CHARGE Program. This includes a Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Psychologist and a Dietician. The program is customized to cover topics ranging from physical activity, managing MS, goal-setting, communication, fatigue, eating well and emotional well-being.
Additionally, there will be support partner workshops offered throughout the weekend. This allows the opportunity for a spouse, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor, etc. to not only expand their own understanding of MS, but to actively participate in identifying their needs, goals, concerns and challenges to live fully with MS together.
The TAKE CHARGE Program is limited to 70 participants and will fill quickly. Can Do MS requires a $50 application fee, which includes all meals, hotel accommodations, lectures and workshops for the weekend program. The development of the TAKE CHARGE Program was made possible from the generous support of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The 2013 program is supported by Genentech, Inc., The Barbara Epstein Foundation, Mellam Family Foundation, Rolex Watch USA, and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
For additional information and to register for the program, please visit www.mscando.org/TAKECHARGE or call Lauri O’Brien at 800-367-3101 ext. 1291.
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, 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 970-926-1290.