By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Older adults who want motivation to get in shape, to improve flexibility, to increase stamina and to feel great may participate in the Walk with Ease program.
The Meals on Wheels People is encouraging all community members to join walking groups at two of the organization’s meal sites. The goal is to improve health and well being, and participating in meals isn’t required, said Kaye Rains, a coordinator of the walking program.
Walkers start at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Center, 5325 N.E. MLK Blvd. The group leader is Arleta Christain of Urban League. She can be reached at (503) 988-3558 or gro.x1502998244dplu@1502998244niats1502998244irhca1502998244.
Walkers start at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the Fook Lok-Hollywood Center, 1907 N.E. 45th Ave., at Rose City Park Presbyterian Church. The group leaders are Kelly Felty and Jo Fraser at (503) 281-8109.
The walks are in the local neighborhood, and participants may progress at their own pace, Christain said.
The walking program started at seven other locations earlier this year in conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation and the Oregon Health Authority, Rains said. Those organizations are doing six-week studies with walking groups, whose members turn in walking journals at the end of the time period. The journals are part of a statewide study of senior walking habits.
However, Rains said, Meals on Wheels hopes the walking groups will continue beyond the study period. Walking with a group, she said, is a way to share successes and improve well being.
Her organization also will train more volunteers, who must be CPR-certified and willing to commit to a specific time period. Rains is at (503) 953-8163 or kaye.rains@