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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


XII. Resources

The model used in this guide was developed over time focusing on concepts that various walkathons have successfully used. The team-based approach to conducting a walk is the core component. We suggest that you contact local walk leaders in your community who work with team-based programs, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Walkathon or the American Lung Association Asthma Walkathon. These folks have been doing walkathons for years and will be more than willing to share their knowledge about conducting a successful walkathon.

Walks are not in competition with one another since they appeal to different segments of the population based upon a person's area of interest. Thus, people interested in cancer research or curing asthma may not be the same people interested in ending the stigma associated with having a mental illness.

Reach out and contact other leaders in your community who are driven by their commitment to make a difference in the lives of persons living with various health-related concerns and glean their wisdom. Happy walking and good luck!

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.