Nearly 400 people have registered for the first 12-week session of the Year of Wellness challenge, and over 60 groups/businesses/organizations are vying for the top prizes.The team standings are changing weekly.
Current high points winner is Rinehart Clinic with the OSU Extension Office, Near Space Corp., YMCA and Tillamook SD#9 in pursuit.
For the high average submission, Tillamook Design has the lead, with Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Tillamook Country Smoker, Tillamook County Transportation, and TCCA in the top 5.
The team challenge winners will have the honor of displaying a traveling trophy; individual winners will receive prizes as well.
You can still register for the Challenge, and three more Wellness Challenges sessions will occur in 2016.
The Team Challenge standings are available on the home page of the YOW website.
The Wellness Challenge is a simple tool to track changes in six areas that impact overall health and wellness, including eating more vegetables, making more nutritious food choices, drinking more water, increasing physical activity, improving sleep habits and tobacco cessation.
According to Year of Wellness coordinator Michelle Jenck, it’s all about creating new habits, “A great place to start is setting SMART goals – goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound,” advises Jenck. She explains, “Let’s use our YOW challenge for water intake as an example. For women, we know it is ideal to drink about 90 ounces of water each day. What if we currently only drink 20 ounces/day? Is it realistic to think we can meet the ideal intake in one week? Probably not. So what is realistic? Science tells us that a 10 percent increase from baseline is a good place to start. If you are feeling ambitious you can try for more. So, we can set a goal of drinking 30 ounces this week and increase that to 40 ounces next week if we were successful at meeting our last goal. And so on. Follow this process until you achieve your ultimate goal.” There are also ways to make it easier to meet your weekly goal. Find a water bottle you like. Measure how much it holds. Determine how many refills you need to meet your daily goal.
“Once you conquer one level, move to the next. By breaking your goal down into manageable pieces, you are far more likely to be successful,” Jenck continued. “The best part is that – One success leads to another. This is why it is so important to set SMART goals!”
Year of Wellness highlights for February
Each month, the Year of Wellness will highlight particular health topics and February is “Heart Health” month.
Tillamook County is encouraged to “Go Red” on Feb. 5. Wear red to raise awareness about the importance of heart health. Visit sites throughout Tillamook County for free blood pressure checks, resources and activities: North County on Feb. 5 2-4 p.m. North County Recreation District (36155 9th St., Nehalem); Central County, every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Tillamook Regional Medical Center Café (1000 3rd St., Tillamook); and in, South County on Feb. 5 from 10 a.m.-noon. at the Kiawanda Community Center (34600 Cape Kiawanda Dr., Pacific City.)
Why “Go Red”? Because heart disease and stroke cause one in thre deaths among women each year. That can be changed– 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
Mark your calendar for these events:
Feb. 7 — Warrior Love Run at Nehalem Bay State Park – 10 a.m.
5k and 10k run/walk – fundraiser for Nehalem Elementary School’s S.H.E. Warrior 4th and 5th grade running club. To register go to www.runtillamook.com
Art for the Heart, sponsored by Tillamook Regional Medical Center — a community art show will be on display through the month of February at the North County Recreation District in Nehalem. Artists’ reception and community celebration of the heart will be held on Feb. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Feb. 27 – Three Capes Relay – 9 a.m.
Choose from a solo 26.2 mile marathon, or 2-person or 5-person teams for this challenging marathon/relay with stunning views that starts at sea level and climbs to 2,400 feet.
The Year of Wellness “monthly movers” are the Tillamook YMCA and North County Recreation District (NCRD). Visit these YOW partners for more information, raffle prizes, and Challenge points. Watch for hula hoop challenge video on the Tillamook County Year of Wellness 2016 Facebook page, and hoop it up with your community. Join us for the Year of Wellness to make Tillamook County a happy, healthy place. For weekly healthy recipes, tips, resources, wellness challenge, and more, go to www.tillamookcountyhealthymatters.org or visit your local library branch. Together, we are the solution.