The Walkabout Project

Michelle Larson, MPT
 Michelle Larson, MPT

In the Fall, 2016 issue of Tahoe Cancer News, we reported on bringing our personal one-on-one exercise program consultations right to our cancer patients, wherever they are in the Cancer Center and at any point in their treatment plan. We are pushing these boundaries further now by using telemedicine to meet our patients in their own homes with the Walkabout Project. This project will target those who are unable to attend group exercise class due to distance or desire and still encourage them to engage in exercise. 

The first step is for participants to meet one-on-one with a physical therapist to agree upon goals and verify technical capabilities. Then 2-4 individuals will form a Walkabout group and meet weekly from their own homes via group Skype for 8 weeks. New strengthening and stretching exercises will be introduced each week.  Participants will be encouraged to complete stretching and strengthening exercises 2-3 times per week on their own and also walk most days of the week. They will keep a log of their activities so they can measure their own progress and report to their Walkabout group. The weekly teleconference will also allow participants to share their successes and challenges. Keep moving for your health—with the Walkabout project!

If you are interested in participating please contact Michelle Larson, MPT at 530-582-7415 or

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