Three-minute breathing space: a resource

16 September, 2020 | Posted in:

Dr Agne Straukiene, lead for the healthy lifestyle workstream in our national programme to raise the bar for MS, recommends starting off any health and wellness clinics with a simple three minute breathing exercise.  You can use it alongside our online ‘disease-modifying lifestyle’ clinic pre-recorded resource to open your virtual, or physical clinic. Simply read, […]

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Disease-modifying Lifestyle ‘virtual clinic’: what it is and how to use it

Offering a ‘healthy lifestyle’ clinic to people living with MS, and other long term conditions, can be a brilliant way to support people in making informed lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact on their condition. Dr Agne Straukiene, consultant neurologist and MS specialist, and Dr Colin Bannon, a retired GP and honorary doctor […]

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The importance of assessing nutritional health in patients with multiple sclerosis: Mona Bostick, RDN LDN

23 June, 2020 | Posted in: ,

2020 CMSC Virtual Annual Meeting Report by Amy Harbour, Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist and clinical lead (South East Hants), Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Aims of the session The aims of this article are to:  Define the role of health literacy and food literacy in health outcomes Review tools to facilitate nutritional conversations with people […]

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Raising the bar by encouraging healthy lifestyles

From webinars on ‘what to do in the event you get COVID-19’ and videos on prehabilitation and rehabilitation for the lungs, to webinars and resources on PPE for the mind and managing stress during the pandemic, various professionals from different backgrounds have been sharing their expertise during this time. The health lifestyle workstream has galvanised […]

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Shifting to self-monitoring – healthy lifestyles in MS

There has never been a better time to encourage patients to self-monitor than right now.  With COVID-19 forcing the majority of MS clinics to take place via telephone or video link, and many people living with MS having reduced access to the professionals who usually support them, people’s general health is likely to go largely […]

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Managing MS and stress amidst the Covid-19 pandemic

2 April, 2020 | Posted in: ,

With the UK currently advised to remain at home as far as possible for the near future in order to manage the spread of coronavirus, mental health professionals are concerned about the toll this may take on people’s stress levels and overall mental and emotional health.  Anxiety and depression are reasonably common symptoms for someone […]

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Wellbeing and lifestyle – workstream update

The need to look at a wider picture of a person’s health, wellness and lifestyle, including nutrition, movement, sleep and stress, is becoming more widely accepted. Stress has been found to trigger relapse in MS (Mohr: 2004), and evidence around moving more and eating non-processed, natural food linked to improved mental and physical health across […]

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Stress: today’s health epidemic?

3 December, 2019 | Posted in: ,

There is more evidence than ever to suggest that many disease-related risk factors are modifiable – or can be changed – to improve outcomes, and a number of them are lifestyle related. However, stress is fast becoming one of the top lifestyle risks for a whole host of conditions. From triggering relapse in multiple sclerosis […]

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Wellness and lifestyle – Focussing on the best practice currently available

The array of evidence emerging around lifestyle risk factors for long term conditions is staggering, from the more expected vascular risks like smoking and alcohol misuse, to highly unexpected risks such as loneliness and even mid-life hearing loss. This workstream is exploring the evidence specifically relating to wellness and lifestyle interventions, and a renewed focus […]

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