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Virtual Programming Offers Physical Activity and Social Connection During COVID-19

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MS Society of Canada, Parkinson Canada and Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan support delivery of nationwide program, NeuroSask

Staying active, staying connected – that’s the goal behind NeuroSask – a Saskatchewan-led initiative through the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine supported by the MS Society of Canada.

NeuroSask is a virtual program that mobilizes evidence-based knowledge on physical activity, mental health, and social support for individuals living with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and spinal cord injury (SCI). Programming includes both physiotherapy-guided movement and an opportunity for social connection during COVID-19. NeuroSask is open to anyone across the country who has access to a device such as a tablet, smartphone or computer, and the internet.

The 9-week program includes a 30-minute movement class led by a physiotherapist, followed by a 30-45-minute ‘connect’ activity, which varies weekly. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm CST beginning April 23.

There is no cost and as long as you are registered, you can join in whenever – come for the physical activity portion (2pm-2:30pm), the connect portion (2:30pm-3pm), or both! The platform allows for 1,000 participants so be sure to register today.

NeuroSask is a Saskatchewan led initiative through the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine in collaboration with the MS Society of Canada, Parkinson Canada, Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan, Office of the SK MS Clinical Research Chair, and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

The project is led by Dr. Sarah Donkers (Physiotherapist and Assistant Professor) and Dr. Katherine Knox (Physiatrist and Associate Professor) both from the University of Saskatchewan and a team of researchers, clinicians, and industry experts.

The first session includes a physiotherapist led movement class (seated) followed by an Ask the Experts panel with Saskatchewan’s leading physicians in MS, PD, and SCI, Dr. Alex Rajput, Dr. Gary Linassi, and Dr. Michael Levin.

Future topics include mental health, diet, musical entertainment, mindfulness, and caregiver support.

For more information and to register visit: https://rehabscience.usask.ca/neurosask.php

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