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Heart Health Focus for Year of Wellness in February


Each month, the Year of Wellness will highlight particular health topics. February is “Heart Health” month.

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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 from 2 to 4 p.m., North County Recreation District (36155 9th St., Nehalem); CENTRAL COUNTY on EVERY WEDNESDAY from 2 to 4 p.m. at Tillamook Regional Medical Center Café (1000 3rd St., Tillamook); and in, SOUTH COUNTY on Feb. 5th from 10 a.m. to Noon at Kiawanda Community Center (34600 Cape Kiawanda Dr., Pacific City.)

Why “Go Red”? Because heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can change that – 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

Physical activity is an important key to improving heart health, and with the help of local resources, and the YOW Monthly Mover program, there are even more reasons to get moving. Getting more exercise can be fun and there are great resources right here in Tillamook County get more active, learn new skills and expand your social network. Each month YOW features local businesses that provide health and fitness related opportunities in our community. Visit these local organizations to learn more about their services and how you and your family can participate. The YOW “Monthly Movers” in February are the Tillamook YMCA (tillamookymca.org) and the North County Recreation District (ncrd.org). The YMCA and NCRD both provide activities for all ages – from swimming to fitness classes and much more. Each time you visit a Monthly Mover, you can enter to win a $25.00 VISA gift card, and if you are competing in the online or print Wellness Challenge, you qualify for bonus points. Becoming more active is fun and easy with YOW Monthly Movers. It’s time to get moving!

You get out what you put in, and with healthier food choices, you can prevent diseases and feel better. The Year of Wellness focuses on nutrition and suggests “eating seasonally”. Each month YOW features vegetables, fruits and proteins that are available locally and/or “in season”. Buying seasonally, produce tastes better and costs less. The YOW website under “NEWS” has blog posts with recipes that feature the recipes and tips about the seasonal focus. In February, look for brussel sprouts, kale, winter squash and steelhead. Also visit foodhero.org for recipes. Consider making family meals a regular habit during the Year of Wellness.

MARK YOUR CALNDAR FOR THESE EVENTS:

Feb. 7th — 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 — 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. 27th – 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.

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.