Year of Wellness marches into spring with nutrition focus

For the Year of Wellness, a main focus area is on nutrition throughout the year.

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In March, YOW brings in Spring with a presentation by well-known author, Dr. Miles Hassell. His book, “Good Food, Great Medicine” is a lifestyle prescription for all ages.


Join the YOW on March 11 for a free luncheon, followed by Dr. Hassell’s thought-provoking presentation at Fresh Café and Market in Bay City. He provides information and recipes about how the foods we eat can greatly reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and even dementia, as well as reverse type 2 diabetes. Dr. Hassell, from Portland, established the Integrative Medicine program at the Providence Cancer Center. The buffet luncheon will start at 11 a.m. featuring recipes from Dr. Hassell’s book, and his presentation will follow at about noon. Seating is limited and reservations are required, please contact Stacie at Northwest Senior and Disability Services at 503-815-2062.

On Saturday March 12, join local chefs/cooks throughout Tillamook County for cooking classes based on recipes from Dr. Miles Hassell’s book “Good Food, Great Medicine.” The cooking classes are free, and limited space is available – in Nehalem at the Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church with Dana Zia, in Bay City with Trisha Kauffman and in South County at Nestucca High School with Luis Casiano. (Note: Tillamook cooking class is full.) To reserve a spot, contact Laura Swanson, YOW PR Coordinator at 503-939-5416 or email to [email protected].

The Year of Wellness focus on nutrition provides easy ways to make healthier choices to prevent diseases and feel better. Each month of the YOW calendar features vegetables, fruits and proteins that are “in season” and available from local producers as well. Buying seasonally, produce tastes better and costs less. The YOW website ( features recipes and tips about the seasonal focus – in March look for radishes, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower and eggs to be featured in easy recipes. Another great resource for healthy eating tips and recipes is, and the monthly food focus for March is potatoes.


According to Anne Goetze, of the Oregon Dairy & Nutrition Council, “There are simple things everyone can do to improve their nutrition, like making healthy beverage choices, instead of soda or sweetened beverages choose water, milk or 100 percent juice.” YOW recommendations follow USDA guidelines.

The cliché “you are what you eat” is good advice, and Dr. Hassell’s presentation expands on this premise for using simple lifestyle choices and your kitchen in pursuit of optimal health.


Join us for the March 11 luncheon and presentation or cooking classes March 12 as the Year of Wellness continues its mission to make Tillamook County a happy, healthy place. For weekly healthy recipes, tips, resources, wellness challenge, and more, go to or visit your local library branch. Together, we are the solution.

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