Muscular Dystrophy South Australia will be encouraging people to give up sugar and make healthier food choices for a month to support children, teenagers and adults living with a neuromuscular condition.
Sugar Free in January challenges people to commit to one month of healthier eating choices while raising funds through sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues. All money raised will directly impact on the lives of those living with a neuromuscular condition supporting a range of invaluable services provided by Muscular Dystrophy South Australia including camps, support groups, counselling, equipment and respite for family members. $1,500 can send one child to Camp Capacity; $3,000 will support a young person to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award. An extra special $9,000 will provide a CoughAssist™ machine which helps to clear the lungs and assist with breathing.
Muscular Dystrophy is a neuromuscular genetic condition that weakens the muscles that help the body move. The condition affects 1 in 1000 people and it is estimated that over 20,000 Australian’s have some form of neuromuscular condition. There is currently no cure.
Children with neuromuscular conditions have a tendency to put on weight due to their reduced ability to walk around through wasting of their muscles and often an increased appetite due to the side effects of some medications. Nutritionists become a key member of the support team providing a well balanced diet and healthy eating plans. With this in mind the concept for ‘Sugar Free in January’ was born, encouraging us to make healthier eating choices, move our muscles and raise funds for muscular dystrophy.
Put your muscles behind someone who can’t and support Muscular Dystrophy South Australia this January – give up sugar, make healthier food choices and incorporate exercise and you can make a difference!