Fit in Your Skin Program for Psoriasis Patients

2010-03-30 02:48

If you are among the 7.5 million Americans who suffers with psoriasis, feeling good about your skin and yourself can be a challenge. Now a new wellness program called “Fit in Your Skin™” has been launched to help people living with psoriasis better manage their overall health and feel better about themselves.

Jackie Warner, a well-known fitness trainer, is leading the program, which is a collaborative effort between the National Psoriasis Foundation and Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc. Anyone can access the program through the Fit in Your Skin interactive website.

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune, noncontagious disease that can develop on any part of the body. Of the five types of psoriasis (plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic), the most common is plaque, which appears as raised, inflamed, red lesions covered with a silvery white accumulation of dead skin cells. About 80 percent of psoriasis cases are the plaque type, and it typically affects the scalp, knees, back, and elbows.

The impact of psoriasis extends beyond the skin. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, psoriatic arthritis, and cancer. Psoriasis also takes an emotional toll, as the lesions often make individuals self-conscious and embarrassed, leading to social isolation and depression.

Through the use of online resources and interactive tools, Fit in Your Skin aims to improve the physical and emotional well-being of people who have psoriasis. Warner witnessed the impact that psoriasis had on her grandmother, and she believes that she can help motivate people with psoriasis to adopt fitness habits that will improve both their physical and emotional health.