Scholarships to Heuga MS program provided by The Summit Foundation |

Scholarships to Heuga MS program provided by The Summit Foundation

Daily News staff report

Summit County residents with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their support partners are invited to attend The Heuga Center’s CAN DO Program in Vail Nov. 3-7. A Summit Foundation grant is funding scholarships to the program.”We’re very grateful to The Summit Foundation for helping us provide support to local participants in the CAN DO Program,” said Huega Center president Brian Hutchinson. “We serve people from all over the world, but it’s especially gratifying when we help people right here in our own community.”The five-day CAN DO Program takes a whole-person, whole-family approach to helping people with MS, including education, nutrition, mental well being and exercise, as well as teaching specific life- management skills. The program helps participants set personal life goals as a focal point for reclaiming their lives, and then gives them the tools, strategies, confidence, nd support to strive for those goals. By limiting the program to just 25 participants with MS and their support partners, the staff is able to provide personalized attention.A team of 45 MS specialists from all over the country conducts the program, which includes individualized in-depth health assessments, seminars, individual consultations, exercise workshops in the pool, on the Swiss ball, stretching and learning strategies for integrating wellness activities into daily life. Each participant leaves with a personalized program and the life management techniques for achieving their individual goals.Founded in 1984 by former Olympic skier, Jimmie Heuga, The Heuga Center revolutionized the management of MS by focusing on health and well being through exercise and multi-disciplinary programs. During the past 20 years, the center has spent $20 million on programs and research to help more than 6,500 people living with MS.The Heuga Center is a nonprofit organization funded by grants, individual and corporate donations, and special events such as the Snow Express for MS.

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