More MS news articles for April 1999

Nationally Known Jimmie Heuga Program for People With MS Offered in Philadelphia

Thursday April 29, 2:21 pm Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Through May 2; First Time in Tri-State Area

PHILADELPHIA, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- An innovative exercise program which has helped thousands of people with multiple sclerosis across the country, is currently underway in Philadelphia, the first time sessions have been offered in the tri-state area.

Sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, former slalom Olympic bronze medalist Jimmie Heuga (1964) is currently leading his renowned "Can Do" exercise program at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott, Arrivals Boulevard, Philadelphia.

The five day program, which started Wednesday, April 28, and runs through Sunday, May 2, features a balanced blend of exercise, psychological motivation, nutrition and self management through a positive lifestyle. Programming is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, and covers such areas as fitness evaluations, open forums for significant others, stress management, balance and coordination techniques, neurological facts and how to live well with multiple sclerosis.

For more information, call 1-800-548-4611.

Heuga, who was diagnosed with MS in 1970, founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Edwards, Colorado in 1984, following his own increasing disability from the disease.

He developed the "Can Do" program based on the principles of wellness, positive attitude and exercise. Wayne resident, Art Stapler, who has participated in the program three times in other locations calls it, "My chance to do anything. The word 'can't' is no longer in my vocabulary after completing this program."

The 35 current participants in the specialized program will experience comprehensive clinical assessments by medical and allied health professionals, attend lectures, workshops and learn new skills to maximize health, psychological well being and fitness. The program culminates with an individualized wellness prescription for each participant. Each MS participant is asked to attend with a family member or friend.

According to the Jimmie Heuga Center, the program develops appropriate lifestyle strategies for the course of a lifetime. The Center also conducts follow-up sessions to assist participants after they leave the program including as monthly reviews of exercise logs, return
consultations, assessment of motivation and physical status.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, founded in 1946, is the largest voluntary non-profit organization serving those with MS in the world. Since its inception, the organization has funded more than $241 million in MS research, more than any other organization of its kind.

SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society