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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hampton Roads Chapter 760 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Toll Free: 1-800-FIGHT MS Local: 757-490-9627 Fax: 757-490-1617 Web: www.fightms.com

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January 2012

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For more information or to register, please contact the Chapter office at 757-490-9627 or visit our website at www.fightMS.com. Looking for a fun, interactive new program to help you get moving and making healthy choices? If so, check out the National Center of Physical Activity and Disability’s (NCPAD) 14-Week Program to a Healthier You! The NCPAD invites people with mobility limitations, chronic health conditions and physical disabilities to participate in this personalized, web based program that can be done from home with little to no equipment. This program offers 14 weeks of new, personalized weekly exercises; physical activity and nutrition tips; motivational resources; weekly recipes; features to help you track your activity and what you eat; optional reminders and alerts; opportunities to connect with other participants; access to knowledgeable 14-Week coaches. Whether you are new to physical activity or already active, this program is designed for you! Sign up at: www.ncpad.org/14weeks/?f=VA#

Sign Up to Participate in our 3rd Annual Virtual Advocacy Day! We need your help to reinforce our advocacy message! On January 30, 2012, the Virginia Chapters of the National MS Society will host our Annual Legislative Action Day; however, only a few volunteers will be able to join us at the state capitol. Join this virtual movement and increase our impact on Virginia legislators by registering today! Clients who register for our Virtual Advocacy Day will receive sample Facebook statuses and Tweets, sample blogs that can replicated, and email templates that can be used to communicate with legislators. The more voices we have, the more we raise awareness!

2012 Employment Teleconference Series MS can have a significant impact on every aspect of life, including the world of work. Therefore, we are pleased to offer you a 6 week series of teleconferences on a variety of employment topics. Each teleconference runs from 7-8 pm and is accessible via a toll-free number. Please watch your mail for a special brochure with all the details or visit fightMS.com. January 12: A 21st Century Approach to Job Searching: Webinar February 23: Reinvent Yourself Learn about the role online job boards and social networking Hear from others living with MS who changed careers after their websites can play in your job search. This program will include an diagnosis, along with a vocational specialist, on how to navigate optional online component for those who have internet access. this transitional period. January 26: Get Informed: Legal Protections in the Workplace March 8: Home-Based Employment: What Employers Want Learn about key employment laws, such as the ADA and FMLA, Learn from employers about what they look for when hiring and how you can use them to make an informed decision about people to work from home. employment. March 22: Don’t Do It Alone: Employment Resources February 9: Managing Challenging Resumes Learn about agencies and resources available to help you gain and Do you need to restructure your resume due to gaps, layoffs, or maintain employment. a career change? Are you over 50 and need a resume makeover? HR professionals will address these and other resume challenges.

January Self Help Groups For more detailed information on times and locations, call the chapter office at (757) 490-9627. January 4 @ 10:30 am- Gloucester Group Riverside Wellness and Fitness Cntr. (7516 Hospital Dr.) January 5 @ 11 am- African American Inspirational Group Hampton Public Library (936 Big Bethel Road) For more information contact VeeGee at (757) 696-2540 or veegee215@yahoo.com. January 10 @ 10:30 am- Virginia Beach Morning Group Kempsville Public Library (832 Kempsville Rd., VB, VA) For more information contact Pete at (757) 497-6594 or petercarolhennessy@gmail.com. January 11 & 25 @ 5:30 pm- Williamsburg Group James City County/ Williamsburg Community Center For more information contact JoAnn at (757) 220- 0902. January 12 @ 5:30 pm- Peninsula Evening Group Sentara Careplex Hospital (Conf. Room C) For more information contact Diana at (757) 727-0427. January 16 - Elizabeth City Group Please contact Melvin at (252) 335-9158 for group time and location. January 17 @ 7 pm- Chesapeake Group Lifestyle Fitness Center @ Ches. Regional Medical Center For more information contact Margie at (757) 482-3247. January 18 @ 6:30 pm- Suffolk Group Magnolia United Methodist Church (1764 Wilroy Rd.) For more information, please contact Willie Ann at (757) 539-0139. January 25 @ 3 pm- Southside Group Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (Libris Room) 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. VA Find someone to chat with on the web at www.msworld.org. Connect with an MSFriend at 866-673-7436,


January 2012 MS Update