Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program

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Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program | College of Public Health and Human Sciences

The Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program is a semi weekly program serving residents of the Mid-Willamette Valley

Research Shows Benefits

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Research indicates that exercise can improve fitness and influence health for people with multiple sclerosis. Benefits include:

  • improved aerobic conditioning
  • improved strength and endurance
  • improved psychosocial health

This program provides a high quality, individualized exercise program for people with multiple sclerosis. Participants receive one-on-one assistance from OSU graduate students who are studying improved health for people with disabilities in the Movement Studies in Disability program.

I always feel better when I exercise regularly, so the structure and routine of class motivates me to stay as active as I can. - Program Participant

We work with each participant to develop an appropriate exercise program that will contribute to maintaining and improving functional performance and independence. Exercise is one aspect of an appropriate health plan, and many other factors contribute to optimal health when you have multiple sclerosis. Your doctor can provide guidance on diet and other aspects of your health plan.

I have learned about MS on both a scientific and personal level. These amazing people have taught me about patience (mine) and diligence (theirs)! - Student Volunteer

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Program customized for each participant

The Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program focuses on increasing your independence and functional mobility. A well-rounded exercise program focusing on health outcomes will be developed based on each participant’s interests, abilities, and needs as determined by initial analyses and referral information.

  • Get an exercise program that works for you
  • Receive one-on-one support from OSU graduate students and faculty
  • Meet twice each week for one hour on the OSU campus
  • Select from early or late afternoon classes
  • Interact with others in a safe, relaxed, fun Environment

Program Participation

The program is open to all people with multiple sclerosis. A medical release from your doctor is required to participate in the program.

The human contact, the touch, is so important. - Program Participant

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Conveniently located on the OSU Corvallis Campus

The Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program is located on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. Participants meet in the Women’s Building, Room 9. Permits are available for nearby parking. Campus map

The exercise helps maintain muscle and joint flexibility – and improve my physical and mental health. - Program Participant

Nominal Program Fee

Participants pay a nominal fee to cover parking and program costs. Payment is dependent on ability to pay.

Program Administration

Developed in 1999, the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program is directed by JoonKoo (JK) Yun, Professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences.

Graduate students Alicia Dixon, Mary Nery-Hurwit and Cari Bailey in the Movement Studies in Disability program provide direct supervision for program participants.

 

MS ExerciseWhen I was diagnosed, I learned that building core strength would be critical to deal with the effects of MS. Finding out that this class was available really gave me a positive boost – the exercise helps me keep physically strong and stay positive. - Program Participant

The individual attention I receive is essential for regular, positive exercise. - Program Participant

 

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For more information and to enroll in the program

Email: Rena.Thayer@oregonstate.edu

Mail:
Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University
123 Women’s Building
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Program information and registration and consent forms will be forwarded by mail upon request.

Oregon State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

We experience the progress together... small steps are cause for big celebrations! - Lacey Smith, Graduate Student