Year of Wellness Kickoffs Jan. 2nd Start New Year with Wellness Challenge, Monthly Movers and More

A New Year with the looming resolutions are easy in Tillamook County this year. The community-driven Year of Wellness will provide the resources and support the residents of Tillamook County need to make this the year that everyone takes control of their health and well-being.

By Laura Swanson, YOW Publicity Coordinator

“It’s about making small changes, easy steps toward healthier habits,” said Michelle Jenck Year of Wellness (YOW) coordinator. “And doing it together with the community support and knowing that we are all working towards improved wellness.” The YOW official kickoff is Saturday January 2nd at the Tillamook County Library, main branch in Tillamook, at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita and the Pacific City Library from 1 to 3 p.m. The events are free, and YOW volunteers will be handing out healthy treats, answering questions about YOW and assisting with registrations for the “Wellness Challenge.”

The registration period for the first of four YOW wellness challenges is from January 1 to 8, 2016. The 12-week challenge encourages competition among businesses and individuals with prizes and awards, the best prize being improved health and wellness. There are many aspects to the Year of Wellness, in addition to the challenge, the YOW Monthly Movers program will start January 1st. Each month, programs and businesses will host a raffle to win YOW prizes. There might also be some amazing deals at participating businesses — check the YOW website for more details,

In January, the The Warehouse Strength & Conditioning Gym and OSU Extension Service/Tillamook County Strong Women Program have taken on the challenge. Make good on those New Year’s resolutions, with the help of these programs, and give these two “monthly movers” a visit.

The Warehouse Gym focuses on functional fitness. They focus on exercises to improve and imitate motions used in everyday life. The workouts can be adjusted to suit any fitness level or age. With over 4,000 square feet of space, full of a variety of training equipment, the Warehouse is bound to keep you engaged and having fun while pursuing your healthier future. Deal of the Month: First Drop-In Class is Free! (for the month of January)

Who: Anyone!

Where: 6002 Blimp Blvd. Unit A, Tillamook, OR 97141

When: Monday-Friday: 5am-9am, 3pm to 7pm

Cost: $50 per month (joining fee waived for January!)

Contact: [email protected]

More information: or call 503-842-4245

The Strong Women program was developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts University. The Strong Women Program is based upon research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women. It was designed to increase muscle strength in mid-life and older women. Research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass and bone density in middle-aged and older women.

Who: Middle to older age women only in Tillamook and middle to older age women and men in Netarts

Where: Tillamook OSU Extension Office (2204 4th St, Tillamook, OR 97141)

Netarts Community Club (1550 Pacific Ave, Tillamook, OR 97141)

Must do: Mandatory meeting for new participants January 20, 10:30-11:30am at the OSU Extension Office. Those 70+ or with chronic health conditions must get medical provider approval. Fill out a registration

Class Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 1-hour classes at 8 – 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m., or Monday, Friday 1:30 – 2:30 pm in Tillamook

Tuesday, Thursday 9-10 am in Netarts

Cost: $20 returning participants, $30 new participants

Class Limit: 15 participants (first come, first serve basis)

More information: or call 503-842-3433

2016 – the Year of Wellness in Tillamook County – Are you in? Find out more at the free kickoff events January 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, or go to to register for the Wellness Challenge, registration is January 1 to 8, 2016.

View the 2016 Year of Wellness Calendar below:

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