For the fourth consecutive year, the Osher Center is participating in the Veterans Charity Challenge, sponsored by CraigConnects and Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist. You can help us fund this important work!
We are again raising funds for our Veterans Group Exercise (VGX) pilot study, investigating the effects of non-pharmaceutical, mind-body interventions for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). VGX, which has been partially funded through the Veterans Charity Challenge campaign in the previous three years, has had successful results, and it will now be rolled out in a multi-year full clinical trial.
VGX uses integrative exercise, which combines western cardio exercises and power yoga with techniques from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, particularly concentration on deep mindful breathing and awareness of how the breath joins the body and mind. Thus, Integrative Exercise combines the positive effects of both Western and Eastern wellness traditions, takes a mind-body approach.
Our pilot study found that, compared to a waitlist control, integrative exercise improved PTSD symptoms and psychological quality of life. It also resulted in increased mindfulness and interoceptive body awareness. A larger study will now be undertaken, primarily funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research and Development, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service. Since this grant does not cover 100% of the expenses for this trial, we are raising additional funds through philanthropy. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.