Amanda Freitag, celebrity chef and recurring judge on the Food Network's
?Chopped,? and Julie Barto, a registered dietitian specializing in
multiple sclerosis (MS), have teamed up to create a nutrition program
especially for people with MS. The MS Active Wellness nutrition program
offers easy-to-follow, healthy recipes and videos that address the role
nutrition can play in maintaining overall wellness for people with MS at www.MSActiveWellness.com.
In the program's online video series, Freitag demonstrates how to cook
simple MS-friendly dishes at home. The MS Active Wellness nutrition
program is part of MS Active Wellness, an online resource that provides
tools to help people with MS live well and stay active. The MS Active
Wellness initiative launched earlier this year with a fitness program
that is also accessible at www.MSActiveWellness.com.
?The MS Active Wellness nutrition program is designed to make healthy
eating and good nutrition easy to achieve for people with MS,? said
Freitag. ?A healthy diet can work wonders for your overall well-being
but it can be hard to cook at home every night when living with certain
MS symptoms. My hope is that this program will show people that healthy
cooking can be done by almost anyone.?
The MS Active Wellness nutrition program is designed to help people with
MS make small adjustments when cooking that can make a big difference in
maximizing time and energy. In various recipe videos, Freitag, Barto and
people living with MS demonstrate how to create simple, healthy and
delicious meals that can be easily prepared. In addition, the program
features educational tips-and-tricks videos that explain why a healthy
diet is essential for people with MS, some easy-to-use kitchen gadgets,
what groceries to buy to make cooking easier and suggestions on
entertaining at home while living with MS. Other cooking and nutrition
resources, such as downloadable grocery lists, kitchen gadget
recommendations and kitchen organizational tips are also available on www.MSActiveWellness.com.
?Nutrition is especially important for people living with chronic
diseases like MS,? said Colleen Miller, a nurse practitioner at Jacobs
Neurological Institute, Buffalo, N.Y., who is featured in some of the
educational videos. ?The MS Active Wellness nutrition program addresses
common barriers, like heat sensitivity and fatigue, which can make it
difficult for people with MS to cook and follow a nutritious diet.?
Every week, about 200 people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,
making it one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting more
than 400,000 people nationally. Certain symptoms of MS can make cooking
at home more difficult. Some techniques, however, can lessen the impact
that these symptoms have on the ability to cook. A nutrition program
that modifies traditional cooking techniques as needed, like the MS
Active Wellness nutrition program, can help those living with MS work
around commonly-experienced symptoms such as fatigue, spasticity and
?Many people living with MS don't know how they are going to feel on a
given day, and sometimes just going grocery shopping can be a
challenge,? said Julie Barto, registered dietitian at the Milford
Regional Medical Center, Milford, Mass. ?Eating healthy everyday is
essential for everyone, and the MS Active Wellness nutrition program is
designed to help people with MS to follow a healthy diet, even on days
they are not feeling their best.?
Amanda Freitag, Julie Barto and Colleen Miller were contracted to help
develop the MS Active Wellness nutrition program by Biogen
Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) and the program is sponsored by Biogen Idec and Elan
Corporation, plc (NYSE: ELN).
About Amanda Freitag
For more than 20 years, Amanda Freitag has been a professional chef. She
graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New
York in 1989, and today is one of New York City's most celebrated chefs.
In addition to her broad range of experience in the kitchen, she is
equally at home on television, having appeared in numerous well-known
food television shows. Freitag has competed against Bobby Flay on the
Food Network's ?Iron Chef America,? is a recurring judge on the Food
Network series ?Chopped,? and most recently, is spotlighting America's
most exciting and revolutionary restaurants in the Cooking Channel
series ?Unique Eats.?
About MS Active Wellness Nutrition Program
The MS Active Wellness website will feature a series of recipe
demonstrations by Amanda Freitag. Throughout each video, Amanda modifies
common cooking techniques to be approachable for almost all people
living with MS. The website also features videos focusing on the role of
nutrition in everyday life and giving tips and tricks for cooking at
MS Symptoms and Nutrition explains the importance of nutrition
as part of an overall wellness program and describes how certain foods
can help alleviate the manifestations of certain common symptoms of MS.
Kitchen Gadgets and Organization features tips and tricks for
simplifying cooking in your own kitchen, including alternate
techniques for people living with common MS symptoms like heat
sensitivity and muscle weakness as well as the use of gadgets to
assist in the preparation of recipes.
Entertaining with MS offers examples of how planning ahead can
make hosting parties at home simpler for people living with MS who may
experience mental and physical symptoms.
Meal Planning includes recommendations for food staples people
should keep in their pantry, refrigerator and freezer to make cooking
after a long day simpler and features a grocery list that is
downloadable on the MS Active Wellness website.
The MS Active Wellness program is brought to you by MS ActiveSource and
sponsored by Biogen Idec and Elan Corporation, plc. Patients should
consult with their physician before starting any new nutrition program
or otherwise making changes to their overall diet.
About Biogen Idec
Biogen Idec uses cutting edge science to discover, develop, manufacture
and market biological products for the treatment of serious diseases
with a focus on neurological disorders. Founded in 1978, Biogen Idec is
the world's oldest independent biotechnology company. Patients worldwide
benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies, and the company
generates more than $4 billion in annual revenues. For product labeling,
press releases and additional information about the company, please
Elan Corporation, plc is a neuroscience-based biotechnology company
committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and their
families by dedicating itself to bringing innovations in science to fill
significant unmet medical needs that continue to exist around the world.
Elan shares trade on the New York and Irish Stock Exchanges. For
additional information about the Company, please visit www.elan.com.
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