University hosts its third Health & Wellness Week
George Fox University is inviting Newberg natives and residents of surrounding communities to the school's third annual Health and Wellness Week, slated this year from March 11 to 16.
According to a release from the school, the event is "designed to bring attention to the importance of health and wellness" through a series of classes at the Roberts Center, 501 N. Villa Road. The classes include nutrition, spine/back care, behavioral and exercise and are set for 6 p.m. on successive nights.
"Many of these health challenges are preventable and can be reversed," Tyler Cuddeford, director of the school's Doctor of Physical Therapy, said. "This is our way of making people aware of that and, hopefully, giving them practical ways to overcome these kinds of health challenges."
The March 11 class on nutrition 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.
The March 12 class on back/spine health will focus on both acute and chronic lower back pain as well as invoke some innovative strategies for maintaining a healthy back, the release said.
In the March 13 class on behavioral health, attendees will learn simple and effective coping techniques to juggle the demands of life.
The final class, set for March 14, will focus on incorporating various exercises into a manageable lifelong habit and will actually be made up of different exercise classes that night. It will be appropriate for all ages and abilities and cover topics ranging from balance to strengthening, from aerobics and yoga, the release said.
Saturday's event strays from the classroom to the pool, where the school will hold "Pool-A-Palooza," a children's swim time, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chehalem Aquatic Center on the corner of Haworth Avenue and Villa Road.
Health and Wellness Week was created by the school's Doctor of Physical Therapy program "to bring attention to many of the health challenges common in Yamhill County," the release said.
To that end, the program cited some statistics: In 2016, 62.2 percent of the county's adult population was considered overweight or obese, while at 19 percent of the population heart disease was listed as 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.
For more information on the event, including to register, visit www.georgefox.edu/health or phone Cuddeford at 503-554-2452.