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Get Healthy for Good: An Interview with Catie Coman of the National Psoriasis Foundation

In August, we recognized Psoriasis Awareness Month on our blog and shared some facts and figures about this autoimmune disease, which affects 7.5 million Americans. One of the statistics we shared is that psoriasis often occurs in conjunction with other serious health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, heart attack and obesity. What these conditions share is that they can often be improved by reaching an ideal body weight. But losing weight – and maintaining it – is easier said than done. That’s why the National Psoriasis Foundation has launched the Healthy for Good campaign. Here’s what Catie Coman, Director of Communications at the National Psoriasis Foundation, tells us about this new online program. 1. What is Healthy for Good, and why should patients join in? Healthy for Good (www.healthyforgood.org) is program designed to help people lose weight, while raising funds for a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It’s unique in that is uses a public platform and the fundraising tactic of “friends asking friends” to help people reach their goals. Forty percent of people with psoriasis have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and abdominal obesity. By joining Healthy for Good, they’ll get tools …

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See the PatientsLikeMeInMotion Program in Action

We’ve shared a lot of great photos on the blog lately of run/walk teams sponsored by PatientsLikeMeInMotion this year. Now you can learn more about this dynamic program in a more dynamic format with our new PatientsLikeInMotion video. Find out how to get involved, what sponsorship entails and how much PatientsLikeMe has donated towards our sponsored teams’ fundraising efforts since the program’s inception. Ready to get out there and raise awareness and funds for your condition? Let us support you every step of the way. Sign up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion today.

Photo of the Week: Three Generations in Motion

A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis affects the whole family, which is why it can be great to get the whole family involved in awareness activities. Please meet PatientsLikeMeInMotion team leader PepsiGirl, who was supported by several family members at a 2011 Walk MS event in her home state of New York. Congrats to PepsiGirl and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our new Flickr slideshow. Organizing a team for this fall?  Sign up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion today

Photo of the Week: Newly Diagnosed Patients in Motion

For a newly diagnosed patient, organizing a run/walk/bike team sponsored by PatientsLikeMeInMotion can be a way to take action, “go public” and make new connections. Please meet Monkey Mamma, who was diagnosed with epilepsy last year, at the Epilepsy Foundation‘s Stroll for Epilepsy on April 9, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. Congrats to Monkey Mamma and all of our PatientsLikeMeInMotion-sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our new Flickr slideshow. Organizing a team for this fall?  Sign up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion today

Photo of the Week: All Ages in Motion

When our members organize a run/walk/bike team sponsored by PatientsLikeMeInMotion, it’s often a family affair involving multiple generations. Below is a great shot of member Hapeone along with her daughter at the 2011 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk in Dallas, Texas. Congrats to Hapeone and all of our sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more inspiring PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our new Flickr slideshow. Organizing a team for this fall?  Sign up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion today.

Photo of the Day: A Glimpse of PatientsLikeMeInMotion

As we mentioned in our blog post last week, our PatientsLikeMeInMotion program is off to a running start this year with more than 30 sponsored teams thus far. What does one of these run/walk/bike teams look like? Below is Team Sylvan, a 40-person team led by ALS patient Panda155. Decked out in bright blue PatientsLikeMe t-shirts, Team Sylvan took to the streets for the ALSTDI Cure Is Coming Walk, held on May 7, 2011, in Lexington, Massachusetts. This is the third year that they’ve been sponsored by PatientsLikeMeInMotion, which makes them one of our veteran superstar teams. Congrats to Team Sylvan and all of our sponsored teams for your efforts to raise funds and awareness for your condition. We’re honored to support you every step of the way.  For more inspiring PatientsLikeMeInMotion team photos, check out our new Flickr slideshow. Organizing a team for this fall?  Sign up for PatientsLikeMeInMotion today.

One for All: The Road Ahead with PatientsLikeMeInMotion™

This Spring, as you’re out at disease-related fundraiser events, take note of the people in those bright blue t-shirts walking, running or biking by your side. Those are patients like you! Since its launch in 2009, more than 1,700 people (including patients, friends and family members) have taken part in the PatientsLikeMeInMotion™ program to raise money and awareness for various conditions. Here are some fun facts about PatientsLikeMeInMotion and a video of some of our members who have participated. 2009 Quick Facts 2009 marked the debut of the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program. Approximately 40 PatientsLikeMe members signed up teams to participate in PatientsLikeMeInMotion and led more than 700 people on PatientsLikeMe teams across the United States. In its first year, the PatientsLikeMeInMotion program donated over $9,000 for charitable disease foundations such as the National MS Society (NMSS), Parkinson’s Alliance and the ALS Association (ALSA). The largest member team in 2009 was formed for the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York. It’s here where we first met and interviewed some of our members (see our YouTube page to meet them). 2010 Quick Facts A breakout year for the program, PatientsLikeMeInMotion doubled our number of sponsored teams from 38 in 2009 to 60 …

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