“I went into a hidey hole,” said the 65-year-old. After breaking her leg, she became even more inactive.
When she heard about the Walk With Ease program administered by Oregon State University’s Extension Service, she knew it was time to get going again.
“I signed up in a heartbeat,” Henry said.
A dozen women, including her 88-year-old mother, Billie Bell, joined Henry this spring at Salem Hospital for the exercise class led by Kelsey Evers, health educator for the hospital who is certified by Extension to teach the class
That’s why OSU researchers are sloughing off old allegiances to disciplinary silos and joining forces for a healthier humanity. More than 300 investigators in fields such as microbiology, bioengineering, gerontology, veterinary medicine, nutrition, early childhood, exercise physiology, nanotechnology, rural studies, pharmacology and drug discovery are sharing labs, equipment and brainpower to diagnose, treat and prevent existing and emerging illnesses.
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Together, they are working to start a nonprofit that provides veterans with access to physical therapy services.
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