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Rafting offers team building, exercise and fun

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Members of our office have enjoyed rafting trips for 28 years. This year, some of our staff and their families had the opportunity to raft the Umpqua River while other Oak Street Medical staff participated in the Dirty Dash that same day.

Rafting is a great sport for those who love both the outdoors and a great physical challenge. In 1984, we took our first raft trip on the McKenzie River. I wanted to provide a team-building activity for my staff and we all loved the experience. Since that time, some of our staff have rafted the:

  • Upper Deschutes River by Mt. Bachelor
  • Lower Deschutes River by Mopin
  • Upper and lower McKenzie River, as well as combined trips
  • Umpqua River above Steamboat
  • Upper Klamath River between Klamath Falls and Ashland
  • Rogue River by Medford
  • Gold Beach Mail Boat trip on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River
  • Inner tubing cave rafting in Belize, Central America

We look forward to more raft trips in the future. If you have not been rafting and would like to, we encourage you to contact a rafting company. Many companies have beginning-to-advanced rafting opportunities to accommodate different skill levels and will work to meet your needs.

Benefits of rafting
Enjoying the outdoors on a raft may have the following health effects:

  • Stress relief, even if you fall in. Sometimes that’s the most fun!
  • Getting out of the indoors and enjoying the fresh air and beauty of the outdoors.
  • Rafting can be a vigorous sport that can make the heart pump blood faster and increase oxygen flow throughout your body. It is a great way to exercise.
  • Rafting requires you to be alert and think quickly, which helps with mental agility.
  • Rowing requires teamwork. What a great way to learn to work together!
  • Don’t be surprised if you get some comic relief while you are out on the water – you may even get to rescue a friend. Remember, laughter is the best medicine.

We take pride in being an active office and sharing with our patients some of the fun activities we do as a staff! Keep visiting our blog to learn about important health topics and activities here and abroad that many of our doctors and staff are participating in.

An energetic problem solver, Dr. Kraig Jacobson has spent his career treating patients and teaching about the complexities of allergy, asthma and immunology. He has practiced medicine in Eugene since 1979. The bigger the challenge, the more he enjoys his work.