Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Nationwide Search Uncovers Inspiring Stories of People Living with MS Who Swim for Better Health
For MS Awareness Month, MSAA Launches Effort to Get More People with MS in the Pool
March 18, 2014
In honor of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), through a collaborative partnership with Genzyme, a Sanofi company, is proud to announce the stories from three individuals in the MS community who describe how swimming has helped manage their MS symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Today, MSAA is unveiling their compelling stories captured on video at www.SwimForMS.org, along with new how-to resources about water-based exercise to help improve the lives of individuals living with MS.
During December, MSAA and Genzyme held a nationwide search through an initiative called Why I Swim to uncover the three most inspiring stories in the MS community, from those who are at different stages in their MS journey:
“Swimming for me means freedom. When I’m in the pool, I can move without the restraints of my walker, or gravity, or anything,” said Ginny. “I started slow, but over time, swimming has brought me clarity, energy, and most of all joy. I’m so excited to be working with MSAA and Genzyme to share my story with the MS community. I hope that I can inspire people living with MS to go to the new online Aquatic Center and learn how to benefit from water-based exercise, like I have.”
Swimming and other forms of water-based exercise have well-established health benefits for many fitness levels. For people diagnosed with MS, the cooling and buoyant properties of water can create an ideal exercise environment, allowing for movements that may not be possible on land, while keeping them from overheating, which can trigger MS symptoms. Benefits of water-based exercise for people with MS include improved flexibility, muscle strength, mobility function, psychological well-being, and overall quality of life.
“Working together with a wide range of experts, and support from Genzyme, we are proud to be able to make the resources at our new Swim for MS online Aquatic Center available to help the entire MS community understand the benefits of water-based exercise,” said MSAA President and CEO, Douglas G. Franklin. “At MSAA, our mission is improving lives today. Through this program, we aim to bring the many benefits of aquatic exercise, both physical and emotional, to people living with MS with a range of mobility and skill levels.”
New print, video and web-based resources are now available on the Swim for MS online Aquatic Center, the most comprehensive aquatic exercise resource designed specifically for the MS community, located on www.SwimForMS.org. Developed with help from experts in the field of aquatic exercise, rehabilitation therapy and MS, these resources are meant to help people living with MS and their care partners learn more and get started on a swim or aquatic exercise routine of their own, including:
Additional resources will be posted in the coming months, including a comprehensive nationwide listing of aquatics facilities.
“At Genzyme, we are driven by our unwavering commitment to the patient communities that we serve,” said Carole Huntsman, VP and MS Business Unit Head, North America, Genzyme. “We hope that by sharing these success stories and the important information on the Swim for MS online Aquatic Center that we’re proud to sponsor, we will inspire more people to be active and get in the pool.”
For more information on Swim for MS, the online Aquatic Center, and to sign up to learn more about this and future programs from MSAA and Genzyme, please visit www.SwimForMS.org.
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 10:46|