Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program

A semi weekly program serving residents of the Mid-Willamette Valley

  Langton Hall, room 12/13

Dear Adapted Physical Activity Community,
 
In keeping with Oregon State University’s commitment to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, we will be utilizing remote programing for our community-based programs, including IMPACT, IMPACT for Life and the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program.

OSU continues to collaborate with local and state public health experts to provide response, prevention, services and information to the OSU community. You can stay up-to-date with OSU’s status and planning on the university’s COVID-19 Safety & Success website.   
 
We appreciate your support as we navigate these changes and we will be in touch as we learn more.
 
In health,
The Adapted Physical Activity Team

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

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 Adapted Physical Activity program.

 

Research Shows Benefits

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

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

The Power of Adapted Physical Activity

Growing up a multi-sport athlete and playing collegiate football, Winston Kennedy, DPT now inspires patients and students in Oregon State University's Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program.

 

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

 

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

 

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 Langton Hall, room 12/13. Permits are available for nearby parking. ADA parking at Oregon State

 

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.

 

When 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

 

For more information and to enroll in the program

Email: PAC.FSF@oregonstate.edu

Mail:
Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program
College of Public Health and Human Sciences
Oregon State University
123 Langton Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

 

Apply

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.

 

Volunteer information for Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program

We are unsure of our volunteer needs for fall.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send your name and email to Dee Gillen, MS, Coordinator for OSU Faculty Staff Fitness at Dee.Gillen@oregonstate.edu.

 

 

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