Empower MS Education Series

The Empower MS Educational Series a year-long series of four webinars and written articles focusing on helping patients understand that healthy lifestyle choices matter in the management of their MS. Healthy lifestyle choices matter in the management of MS and this educational series will give you the tools and knowledge needed to successfully implement these changes in your life. The RMMSC seeks to share cutting-edge research results and professional expertise with patients, support partners, and the MS community at large. Our research on MS continues to reveal the importance that wellness and healthy lifestyle choices, when complementing a disease-modifying therapy, can have on disease outcomes.

 

 Empower MS featured articles and webinars:

 

Living an Active Lifestyle with MS

Webinar: Living an Active Life with MS -- Physical Therapy and Beyond

The MS Center welcomes Dr. Mark Mañago to teach us about living an active lifestyle with MS. Dr. Mañago goes over common exercises done with a physical therapist and ways that people can keep that activity going after PT or instead of PT. There are many options to explore such as community classes, monitoring steps and physical activity (and other strategies for those that can’t walk well), and energy conservation and fatigue management. The latter part of the webinar will focus on monitoring and overcoming barriers to staying active (pain, mood, motivation, mobility limitations). [watch the webinar]

 

Gratitude, Perspective and Resillience

InforMS Magazine: Building Resilience -- A Lifelong Practice for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

As we reflect on the past year, some words and emotions are likely to surface for many of us right away: challenging, overwhelming, anxiety-inducing, tumultuous, uncertain, and stressful. Navigating these times has magnified the importance of building our resilience and cultivating coping strategies to maintain our wellbeing. [read the article]

Webinar: Gratitude, Perspective and the Present Moment

University of Colorado Outpatient Neurology Social Worker Meghan Smith, LCSW, joins the MS Center for a talk on Gratitude and Perspective in relation to Resiliency. Together, we will look at being in the Present Moment and its impact on our "resiliency factor" and we’ll explore what we can control vs. what we cannot control. This will be an interactive webinar where there will be a presentation and group activities to follow along with. [watch the webinar]

 

Creating a Wellness Vision

InforMS Magazine: Creating Creating Your Own Wellness Vision

It can be easy to lose sight of why you want to make health behavior changes. If you don’t keep the big picture in mind, you can end up making small daily decisions that don’t line up with what you want for your life. A wellness vision gives you a defined goal to work towards, and a clearer picture of what you need to do to reach that goal. [read the article]

Webinar: Creating a Wellness Vision

It can be easy to lose sight of why you want to make health behavior changes. If you don’t keep the big picture in mind, you can end up making small daily decisions that don't line up with what you want for your life. A wellness vision gives you defined goal to work towards, and a clearer picture of what you need to do to reach that goal. A good wellness vision gives you a framework for coming up with steps to reach your goals, and helps to empower you and keep you motivated. In this talk, we will help you explore your values and your strengths, and help you create a wellness vision. We’ll use examples focused on nutrition, but you can apply this format to any wellness goal. [watch the webinar]

 

Creating Healthy Habits

InforMS Magazine: Creating Healthy Habits -- You Can Do It!

If you’re living with MS, there are a few ways that you can be a good patient and improve your outcomes. One of them is to get regular care from your neurologist and follow your treatment plan. Another way to give yourself the best shot at maintaining the quality of life you want is through your lifestyle and habits. [read the article]

WEBINAR: Sticking with It -- Real Life Strategies to Help You Form and Keep Healthier Habits

Did you set New Year’s Resolutions but haven’t quite followed through with them? Do you find it difficult to stick to healthy habits? Do you know WHAT you should do, but not how to make yourself do it? Join Kelsey Lantz for the first webinar of the new Empower Education Series by the Rocky Mountain MS Center. She will talk you through the difference between goal setting and habit formation, and some situations where one strategy might work better than the other. Kelsey will discuss why habits in general are so important, and why healthy habits are even more important for people with MS. You will get concrete strategies for forming good habits and tips to avoid common habit pitfalls. [watch the webinar]


 

This Empower MS Educational Series is presented in part by Rocky Mountain MS Center supporters, including patient education grants and/or sponsorships from:

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