Nutrition, Exercise Classes Offered During Health & Wellness Week

Nutrition, Exercise Classes Offered During Health & Wellness Week

For a second straight year, the university invited community members to campus to get fit and educated at its annual Health and Wellness Week in March.

Hosted by the school’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the event is designed to bring attention to the importance of health and wellness through nutrition, exercise, spine/back and behavioral health classes, as well as a pool party for children. This year more than 150 attended.

The impetus for the event is to bring attention to the health challenges common in Yamhill County. In 2016, for instance, more than 62 percent of the county’s adult population was considered “overweight” or “obese,” while heart disease was the second-leading cause of death, according to Yamhill County Health and Human Services.

“Many of these challenges are preventable and can be reversed,” says Tyler Cuddeford, director of the university’s 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.”