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SOLE Survive-N-Thrive (Community Walking Groups)
05/01/2019 - 10/31/2019
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SOLE Survive-N-Thrive Walking Group
(download program flyer here:  SSNT2019)

Community Walk Group Possible Locations:
Canyonville • Elkton •  Glendale • Glide • Myrtle Creek • Roseburg • Oakland | Sutherlin   

                              Joining is As Easy As 1 - 2 - 3!
  1. Sign up by mail, fax or in person to join one of our FREE communitywalking groups.
  2. Commit to a goal of walking 3x a week for 30 minutes
  3. Beginning May 2019 start walking with your group. It's that easy!

SOLE Survive-N-Thrive Program Details:
Community walking groups meet three times each week. The Walk Group Leader is a volunteer who is assigned to each community group. The leader will welcome your participation and can assist you with beginning your program. Each group walk is based on the needs of the group and encouraged to set the goal of completing a 30-minute walk session.

                   • Program length is May - October
                   • Anyone can participate
                   • No special equipment required
                   • Discounted entry to 2019 Focus on Hope Run|Walk
                   • Walking Group Team Recognition during Focus on Hope event | Sat. May 18th
                   • Commit to walk 3x a week - for 30 minute sessions
                   • End of program Celebration BBQ | Potluck - Saturday, Oct 19th

Join us we walk three times a week and make memories happen. These Douglas County communities are seeking walk group leaders and ideas for meet up locations

                    • Canyonville
                    • Glide
                    • Glendale
                    • Oakland | Sutherlin.


Don't Miss Out!
Walking group participants will receive tremendous benefits from the exercise alone. You might also make new friends, get out more often, and start making a few more healthy lifestyle choices. 


Walking Group FAQ's
How many people do we need to have to establish a group? There is no set limit to the number of participants per group. If you are walking solo and want to be included in communication emails, receive discounts, and attend related eventst then we will consider you as a group.

Can we have more than one group in an area? Yes. Each group will decide on the days, times, and location of their activities. If this is not convenient for some participants then establshing a second group is a great idea.

Can we have a group in an area you don't have listed? Absolutely! If you want to help us established a group in your area simply let us know; where you are,, who is the volunteer leader, when you will be walking, and where your meet up location is.

What does it take to be a volunteer? Our walk group leaders are volunteers who have agreed to:

  • Make the commitment to walk with a group 3x a week.
  • Help us establish a route
  • Be willing to greet and engage new participants
  • Help us deliver program messages to participants
  • Have fun giving back to their community


How come you are not establishing a group in my area? The SOLE Survive-N-Thrive  program relies on community volunteers to help with program delivery. If your area wants a walk group established we need volunteers from your area to help us out. 

Why do I have to sign a waiver? A release of liability waiver is required for all programs and all participants. It is for the safety of everyone.

Can I bring my dog? You bet. We welcome your pooch and ask that you keep your K9 leashed at all times and be courteous to other users of the walking route by scooping the poop.


Why a Walking Program for Survivors, Family & Friends?

The Evidence
Two decades of research have demonstrated that regular physical activity reduces the risk of cancer, including cancer recurrence, and may lessen cancer treatment-related side-effects such as fatigue, sleep problems, and anxiety, among others. Despite overwhelming evidence for the benefits of physical activity, only 51.7% of adult Americans meet the current physical activity guidelines calling for 150 minutes of accumulated moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week). There are many reasons why people are underactive and for cancer survivors, treatment-related side effects and symptoms can often lead to a lack of motivation and tolerability for exercise, suggesting the need for programs that offer support and that can be performed by individuals who suffer from treatment-related fatigue or other physically limiting side effects.

Walking is a simple, tolerable and cost-effective type of physical activity that can be readily and broadly implemented in communities, even those that have limited resources. Social support provided from group walking programs, which could include the family and friends of cancer survivors, is known to increase physical activity participation rates among persons with cancer. Walking has been associated with improvements in cancer-treatment related symptoms, like fatigue and anxiety, both during and after cancer treatment., which can in turn increase the likelihood that survivors achieve and maintain recommended levels of physical activity.

The Approach
In an effort to reduce the incidence and burden of cancer it is important to increase physical activity, with a particular focus on cancer survivors who are at higher risk of cancer recurrence that could be lessened with exercise. Including friends and family of survivors in the walking communities provides the social support survivors may need to get and stay physically active and can also reduce the risk of primary cancer for those persons. Our program, “SOLE Survive-N-Thrive” is a county wide effort to implement an ongoing evidence-based walking program aimed to reduce the risk of primary (first time) and secondary (recurrence) cancers that are related to physical inactivity and to improve quality of life in cancer survivors.
 
For more information in Douglas County contact:  the Community Cancer Center
Angelia Freeman  |  Phone: 541-673-2267 ext. 5104
Email:  AFreeman@CCCRoseburg.org

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