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Newsletter | Winter 2024 Article 6 | South Central MIRECC

Featured Resource Educates End Users on Walking for Wellness

Our Clinical Educator Grant program helps VISN 16 and 17 mental health providers create and share resources that improve treatment for rural and other Veterans who face barriers to care. We give these products to Veterans, VA providers, and the public for free. Visit our Clinical Educator Products webpage to access all of our products.

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Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health

Developers: Patricia Dubbert, PhD, Ashley McDaniel, MA, and Barbara Stetson, PhD.

This walking program is for Veterans who want to use exercise to help manage their emotional symptoms and improve their physical health. Program materials were completely revised and updated in 2023.

  • For Veterans experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide.
  • Includes exercise tip sheets, activity planning worksheets, and personal logs to record experiences.
  • Features new supplemental guides for mindful walking and walking with a caregiver:
    • Integrating Mindfulness Into Walking Activities defines mindfulness and how to use mindfulness techniques when walking.
    • Caregiver Walking Together has information and suggestions to help caregivers walk with someone who has dementia or other cognitive impairment.
  • Facilitator manual provides current scientific background on exercise and mental health and gives suggestions for using the materials with individuals and groups.
  • Published 2015 | Updated 2023

This product is a best practice.


Last updated: April 16, 2024