We are proud to announce that together the Medical Fitness Network (MFN), MS Fitness Challenge is developing a new and extensive trainer's course to provide trainers, coaches & health professionals with the necessary guidelines, exercise protocols, lifestyle recommendations and resources to be successful in helping clients with Multiple Sclerosis achieve a lifestyle of fitness and wellness.
This specialized certification will prepare you to work with people who have Multiple Sclerosis and who are looking to control their disease through exercise and fitness. Your certificate of completion will give you the unique privilege of being able to participate in any of our worldwide MS Fitness Challenges, be recognized as an MSFC trainer and certify you to work with MSers in your local area. It will also enable you to become a part of our international trainer data base, hosted by MFN, which pairs trainers with people that have MS and who are looking for a qualified trainer in their area. Please check with us and look for announcements on our Facebook page for updates on when the new course will be available.
Merck KGaA's EMD Serono sponsors MS specialty fitness training program
Exercise is important in managing multiple sclerosis, but going to the gym can be intimidating. So EMD Serono, the North American biopharmaceutical arm of Merck KGaA, worked with Dave Lyons, a bodybuilder who has MS, to sponsor the specialized MS instruction needed for athletic trainers.
Lyons, who founded MS Fitness Challenge in 2012 along with his wife Kendra Lyons, worked with a personal trainer certification company to create a specific program for trainers at gyms to more effectively work with MS patients. EMD Serono sponsors trainer scholarships.
"Not only are the Lyons' great advocates for the MS community and with their MS Fitness Challenge encouraging people to get out there, be active and take control of certain elements of their lifestyle, but it's also good for EMD Serono because it helps us focus on the patient as a whole, as opposed to just how our therapies interact with the patient," David Nichols, senior director of advocacy and state government affairs at EMD Serono, told FiercePharmaMarketing.
Merck KGaA has plenty of reason to support MS patients, with the German pharma leaning heavily on key med Rebif, an interferon treatment. And the fitness challenge isn't EMD Serono's first effort to do so; the company also runs the support network MS LifeLines.
EMD Serono's partnership with the Lyons and MS Fitness Challenge will run through the end of the year, but the drugmaker will likely extend the effort, Nichols said.
"The MS Fitness certification will be regularly updated and evolve as time goes on," he said. "... Ultimately, we'd like to see trainers working around the country to help MS patients. We know there's a demand out there for it."