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|Book Review: The LIFE Program for MS - Lifestyle, Independence, Fitness and Energy|
The LIFE Program for MS: Lifestyle, Independence, Fitness and Energy
Susan J. Epstein, MS, MEd
Format: Paperback, 2009, 176 pp.
Promo Code: 27943
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Where to buy: www.oup.com/us
Review by Cathy Chester:
If I had to choose one word that adequately describes the focus of this book, it would be WELLNESS. The program targets the limitations caused by MS – namely, fatigue, weakness and depression, which forces patients to face a more sedentary lifestyle. This, in turn, may cause weight gain and poor exercise habits. The LIFE program offers ways to incorporate new behaviors into daily routines, enabling a healthier lifestyle in both mind and body. This, in turn, may reduce the risk of secondary illnesses such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. Useful tips on managing weight, healthy eating, and conserving mental and physical fatigue are offered throughout the book.
Ms. Epstein’s athletic background and work in the Jacobs Neurological Institute in Buffalo, New York helps her recognize not only the importance of healthy daily living, but the importance of a support system of coaches. Family and friends may be key factors in motivating and reinforcing healthy habits. Ms. Epstein finds equal importance in making readers aware of the unpredictable nature of MS and how that may affect behavioral outcomes, whether it is self-awareness, family, vocation or environment.
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