There is increasing evidence that we need to look at a wider picture of a person’s health, wellness and lifestyle, including nutrition, movement, sleep and stress.
In MS, we know that:
- stress can trigger relapse,
- movement can improve MS fatigue better than medication,
- quality sleep aids cognition, mood, immune health and autophagy
- eating non-processed, natural food is linked to improved mental and physical health across a range of conditions (e.g. SMILES)
The challenge of how we can share this information well, and encourage people with MS to take control of their lifestyles is becoming an essential aspect of treatment, not solely self-management.
What the workstream is doing
The ultimate goal for the workstream is for healthy lifestyle practices and self-management to be built into the core care pathway for MS, from diagnosis onwards. Find out more from lead Dr Agne Straukiene.
How can I get involved?
Complete the 6-question survey to help us understand how often general health checks and lifestyle and wellness discussions form part of your work with MS patients.
Establish a ‘disease-modifying lifestyle’ clinic in your locality. All the resources you need to begin either a virtual or in-person clinic are there.
If you decide to use the resources to run a clinic, please let us know.
Meet the workstream leads
Dr Colin Bannon, retired GP and honorary doctor with MS himself
Colin Bannon, Grazina Berry, Samantha Josephs, Miranda Sweet, Daisy Cam, Patricia Henry, Andrea Stennett, Anna Hawkins, Leonora Fisniku, Caroline Holbrook, Sarah Dronfield, Dom Thorpe, William Adams, Mathew Sweet, Diana Crowe
Find out more
- Neurologist leads in developing patient-facing app for MS
- Pilates, MS and a vision… the role of education and movement in self-management
- The healthy lifestyle workstream is raising the bar: past, present… Future
- Three-minute breathing space: a resource
- Disease-modifying Lifestyle ‘virtual clinic’: what it is and how to use it
- The importance of assessing nutritional health in patients with multiple sclerosis: Mona Bostick, RDN LDN
- Raising the bar by encouraging healthy lifestyles
- Mental health, COVID-19 and why it’s important right now
- Shifting to self-monitoring – healthy lifestyles in MS
- Managing MS and stress amidst the Covid-19 pandemic
- Wellbeing and lifestyle – workstream update
- Stress: today’s health epidemic?
- Wellness and lifestyle – Focussing on the best practice currently available
- Health and wellness could revolutionise management of long term neurological conditions
- Workstream E: Wellness and lifestyle – Get involved
- Focus on the workstreams: Wellness and lifestyle
- Raising the bar for MS: Health and wellbeing