Local residents invited to George Fox University’s first Health and Wellness Week March 13-18

February 9th, 2017

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Activities include free classes, a Corporate Challenge, 5K/10K runs and a pool party for children with special needs

NEWBERG, Ore. – Residents from Newberg and surrounding communities are invited to participate in George Fox University’s inaugural Health and Wellness Week the week of March 13-18, 2017.

The event is designed to bring attention to the importance of health and wellness through nutrition, exercise and behavioral health classes; a Corporate Games competition; 5K/10K fun runs; and a pool party for children with special needs. All of the activities are free with the exception of the 5K/10K runs.

In addition to seeking participants, organizers are securing sponsorships from local individuals and businesses interested in investing in the health and wellness needs of their community. More information on both participating and sponsorship is available at georgefox.edu/health.

All four classes offered – on nutrition, spine/back care, behavioral health, and exercise – are free of charge and meet at 6 p.m. on successive nights at the university’s Roberts Center, located at 501 N. Villa Road. Classes will be about two hours long and will be taught by physical therapy faculty members.

Monday’s nutrition class will cover instruction on selecting heart-healthy foods, calorie budgeting, how to read food labels, strategies on maintaining or getting to a healthy weight, and how to cook healthy meals. Tuesday’s back/spine class will focus on both acute and chronic low-back pain as well as provide state-of-the-art innovative strategies for maintaining a healthy back.

On Wednesday, March 15, participants in the behavioral health class will learn simple and effective coping techniques to juggle the demands of life. The final classroom offering, Thursday’s exercise class, will focus on incorporating various exercises into a manageable lifelong habit. Several different exercise classes will be held concurrently that night and will be appropriate for all ages and abilities, covering topics such as balance, strengthening, aerobics and yoga.

On Friday, March 17, local merchants looking for an adventure should try the Corporate Games challenge, which includes games, stunts and relays. The event will also offer strategies for incorporating employee health and wellness programs into businesses.

Finally, Saturday activities conclude the week, with 5K and 10K runs scheduled for a simultaneous start at 8 a.m. and a “Pool-a-Palooza” swim for special-needs children scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chehalem Aquatic Center, 1802 Hayworth Ave., in Newberg.
Participants of the 5K run will have the opportunity to race against George Fox President Robin Baker in a “Beat Baker” race. Everyone who finishes ahead of Baker will be rewarded with a special sticker and “bragging rights.” The run’s course will primarily go through neighborhoods of Newberg, and aid stations with water will be available along the route.

The cost to run in either race is $10 for students and $25 for the general public. Registration is available at georgefox.edu/health.

The Health and Wellness Week, sponsored by George Fox in partnership with its Doctor of Physical Therapy program, is being presented with the hope of bringing attention to many of the health challenges common in Yamhill County. In 2016, for instance, 62.2 percent of the county’s adult population was considered “overweight” or “obese,” while heart disease (19 percent) was the second-leading cause of death in the county, according to Yamhill County Health and Human Services. The organization also reported that 7.5 percent of county residents were coping with diabetes in 2016.

“Many of these health challenges are preventable and can be reversed,” said event spokesman Tyler Cuddeford, director of the university’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. “This is our way of making people aware of that and, hopefully, giving them practical ways to overcome these kinds of health challenges.”

More information is available at georgefox.edu/health or by contacting Cuddeford at 503-554-2452.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Tyler Cuddeford
Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
George Fox University

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