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Year of Wellness kickoff events at local libraries Jan. 2nd


A new year prompts New Year Resolutions, and for 2016 all the residents of Tillamook County are encouraged to make this the Year of Wellness. Polar Plunge events on January 1st in Manzanita (at 11 a.m.) and in Netarts (at 10 a.m.) are a great way to start.

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By Laura Swanson
lswanson/@countrymedia.net

Orginating in North County, a group of Neah-Kah-Nie residents over 10 years ago, led by Janice Gaines of Spa Manzanita, had the idea to jump into the frigid Pacific Ocean on New Years Day as a way to greet the New Year.  Last year, Janice and friends, were joined by several hundred more “friends” as the Manzanita event draws more participants every year.

The Tillamook YMCA is sponsoring the Polar Plunge event in Oceanside.  In it’s third year, central county dwellers can now partake of the plunge thrill as well. For south county residents, a group beach walk will be available.

On Saturday, January 2nd, join YOW volunteers at Tillamook County libraries – in Manzanita, the main Library in Tillamook and in Pacific City, from 1 to 3 p.m. for information about the Year of Wellness, snacks, giveaways and register for the Wellness Challenge.  Commissioner Bill Baertlein will be at the main library and will officially open the YOW with a special “hula-hoop” challenge.  Commissioner Mark Labhart will be in Pacific City. Registration for the first of four, 12-week wellness challenges runs from January 1-8, 2016.  Register at tillamookcountyhealthmatters.org.  Registering at the kickoff event, participants can select a vinyl window cling or yard sign to show they are in!  Promotional items are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  It’s not too late to register your organization or group as a team in the on-line challenge.

The 2016 Year of Wellness is almost here!  It’s not too late to register your organization or group to compete as a team in the on-line wellness challenge. Go to tillamookcountyhealthmatters.org, select the “Organization Form” on the home page, complete and submit your information as directed.  Then encourage your employees or members to link their participation to your team when they register on-line for the Year of Wellness challenge.  Registration for the first of four, 12-week challenges goes from January 1st through January 8th.  Participation is voluntary, free and easy – plus you can earn great prizes.

The 2016 Year of Wellness – or YOW – is just around the corner.  This is a community-led effort to improve the health and well-being of all citizens in Tillamook County.  Mark your calendar to attend the Year of Wellness Kick-off scheduled for, Saturday, January 2nd at 1 p.m.  Events will be held simultaneously at the Manzanita, Pacific City and Tillamook Library branches. Prizes, giveaways and registration for the first of four 12-week challenge sessions.  It’s free, easy, and fun!  Are you in?