Who: Group Health Cooperative
What: Walk and Talk with Group Health Care providers. FREE monitored exercise and health tips program open to the community, Group Health members, and employees.
When: Friday, May 3 from11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., (ongoing Fridays each week at 12:15 p.m.)
Where: Group Health Burien Medical Center, North Annex, 140 S.W. 146th St., Burien, WA.
Here's how it works:
You meet with other walkers at a predetermined location (often indoors) for introductions, and a quick health tip from a member of the health team. If you’re new to the program, you’ll receive a pedometer to log your progress, a drawstring bag, and water bottle.
Everyone heads outside, rain or shine, to walk for 30 to 45 minutes. You walk at your own pace, for the distance you choose.
You are joined by Group Health doctors, nurses, medical assistants and Group Health staff.
Whether you’re just beginning to log steps on your pedometer, or are training to participate in your first walking event, Walk & Talk is an invigorating way to get health tips along with exercise.
The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that it will be hosting a 2013 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th at the Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th St. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.
"We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games," said Executive Director Billy Henry
"The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.
The first-ever Obliteride will soon spin through Des Moines. Routes for the 25-, 50-, 100- and 180-mile rides have just been released. They offer various distances and terrains so all levels of riders can participate and make their marks against cancer.
Obliteride is a fundraising bike ride to benefit lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. It features an entire weekend of cycling, celebration and concerts Aug. 9-11.
“Obliteride is a community-wide event that everyone can participate in by riding, volunteering or cheering on participants as they roll though your community,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We would love to see people get involved by volunteering or lining the streets with signs honoring loved ones or friends who have battled cancer or are in the fight today. Simply come to the end of your driveway and cheer on the riders. We’d love to see everyone out there!”
Highline Public Schools press release:
Jackie Beal, a senior at Mount Rainier High School, created “Teach2Swim” for her Senior Culminating Project. Jackie’s goal was to teach swimming to teens in underserved communities so they in turn could teach others to swim.
During the summer of 2012, Jackie worked with five teenagers from the New Futures program at the Woodridge Apartments in Burien. She then supervised the teens as they each taught basic strokes and water safety to two other children.
Jackie also presented her project to the Drowning Prevention Network at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“It was fun for me to be able to pass on some of the skills I’ve learned, but teaching a few kids to swim isn’t enough,” said Jackie. “There are 1,200 club swimmers in Puget Sound between the ages of 15 to 17. I hope to challenge these youth to consider a culminating project focused on teaching others to swim.
Over 500 cyclists will take part in the inaugural “Ride Around the Sound” bike ride on September 15th. A benefit for the American Lung Association in Washington, the ride features five distance options around Puget Sound, ranging from 100 miles to a family-friendly ride of under 15 miles in West Seattle.
Normandy Park’s Marvista Elementary will serve as the 75-mile starting location.
The event offers full support including breakfast at all starts, lunch on the course, five rest stops, detailed ride guides, and more. A delicious feast, beer and music await riders at the finish line party at South Seattle Community College. Relaxing coastal lodging is also available for participants who want to make the event a weekend getaway.
“We are thrilled to offer this amazing route with spectacular views of the Sound,” said Renée Klein, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. “What better way to celebrate clean air and healthy lungs than with a fun event in the beautiful outdoors?”
We’ve been walkin’ and talkin’ together for a year now. Wow… How very cool. Think back on the people you’ve met and the conversations you’ve had… the things you’ve seen because you were on foot instead of behind the wheel… Think of how much you look forward to the monthly stroll with neighbors you haven’t even met yet.
Join us on Sunday, August 5th for our First Anniversary Walk-n-Talk! We’re starting year two… Let’s wander along the same route we did on the first Walk-n-Talk a year ago: circumnavigating Lake Burien.
Location: Start at Burien Town Square. Meet at the grassy knoll
Who: Walkers of every level and ability
Date: August 5, 2012 Time: Meet at 2:00 p.m. Start walking at 2:15 p.m.
Route: A 2.25 mile loop going west from Burien Town Square, around Lake Burien, and back to Town Square. (Fairly flat, with some sloping areas. Only partial sidewalks provided.)
Take the family on a Father’s Day bike ride on the second Burien Bike SaFaRi of 2012, Sunday, June 17.
The ride will follow a quiet, flat, 3.5 mile loop that connects Burien’s Town Square with several parks, community spaces, and schools to the north.
A lot of locals enjoy strolling along the nice, wide sidewalks along 4th Avenue SW, but fewer folks have discovered some of the quiet streets – such as 6th Avenue SW – that serve as safe, pleasant north-south connectors for people walking or bicycling to school, parks, the community center or downtown Burien.
SaFaRi bike riders will meet up at 2:00 pm and begin the ride at the grassy knoll in the middle of Burien Town Square. With playground stops for kids, plan to be back at Town Square by 3:30pm, just in time to get the charcoal started for that Father’s Day BBQ!
Burien’s Wild Strawberry Festival will be going on at the same time. Ride your bikes up to the Festival, take a break for a Bike SaFaRi, then finish off back at the Festival.
Federal USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and USDA Regional Administrator Allen Ng will visit SeaTac’s Madrona Elementary on Monday to recognize four Highline elementary schools that received Silver honors in the Healthy US Schools Challenge.
Concannon and Ng will eat a school lunch with students in the cafeteria.
Four Highline elementary schools have received recognition in the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC). Beverly Park, Madrona, Southern Heights and White Center Heights Elementary schools are all being recognized for creating healthier school environments through promotion of good nutrition and physical activities.
To qualify for recognition, schools must meet stringent criteria for the school meal program, nutrition education, physical activity and school policies which support a wellness environment, with efforts to:
improve the nutritional quality of the foods served,
provide students with nutrition education, and
provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.
Burien residents will be breaking out their comfortable shoes the first Sunday of each month for a "Walk 'n Talk" from Town Square around Lake Burien.
The plan is to enjoy conversation and a walk through town. Grabbing a local coffee or snack before or after the stroll is encouraged.
The inaugural walk is Sunday, Aug. 7.
Walkers of every level and ability are invited to gather at Burien Town Square Park, S.W. 152nd St. and 5th Place S.W. at 2 p.m. The walkers will set out at 2:15 p.m.
The 2.25-mile loop from Town Square will go west along S.W. 152nd St. and turn south onto 21st Avenue S.W. The walkers will head east on S.W 156th St., 16th Avenue S.W. and S.W. 158th Street. They will then zig-zag north on 12th Avenue S.W., S.W. 156th St.,11th Avenue S.W., S.W. 154th St. and 10th Avenue S.W. until they are back on S.W. 152nd. St. The final leg is east on 152nd back to Town Square.
For more info, go to design@RedRedCircle.com.
by Sara N. Reardon
When it comes to weight loss, it seems that no one is an island, especially children. At the West Seattle YMCA, a program called Actively Changing Together! (ACT!), formerly known as Strong Kids/Strong Teens, is teaching families with overweight children and parents about healthy lifestyles by encouraging them to work together toward their weight-loss goals.
“We’re about helping parents and kids have better communication, creating an environment where fun experiences happen in healthy lifestyles,” said YMCA disease prevention director Lindsey Gregerson, who heads the program. During the 12-week course, families run relay races and obstacle courses together and discuss their food choices with a nutritionist. At the end of the class, the families cook a light meal to share. The goal, says Gregerson, is to “keep everything fun.”