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Marathons striking Peninsula pavement Two major marathons are coming up again on the North Olympic Peninsula: Rhody Run 2016 and the North Olympic Discovery Marathon. Get your running shoes broken in and start preparing for two fun-filled days of running, walking and raising awareness. RHODY RUN 2016 Known as “The Run that Cares for the Runner,” Jefferson Healthcare’s 38th annual Rhody Run is slated for May 22. Starting at 11 a.m., racers from all over the Peninsula and beyond will walk, jog or run along a course that starts at Fort Worden State Park. The 12k USATF-certified course starts and finishes at the same point and covers a loop through a rural Port Townsend with views of mountains, woods and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The demanding course consists of mixed flat, hills and roads. A Kids Sprint (ages 9 and younger) starts at 9:30 a.m. that same day. Registration is on-site. For adults, registration is $35 through May 19, with online registration ending at 5 p.m. that day. The price increases to $45 the day of the race.
Registration is $10 for kids 15 and younger; $20 for seniors 65 and older and $20 for active duty military. For teams of five to seven, the entry fee is $150 ($125 per team prior to April 1). For more information, visit www.rhodyrun.com. NORTH OLYMPIC DISCOVERY MARATHON A Boston Marathon qualifier with a USATFcertified course, the North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM) has a distance and speed for everyone. Taking place Sunday, June 5, there are different starting points for different NODM races, but all events finish at the City Pier in downtown Port Angeles. The course follows the Olympic Discovery Trail through Sequim Bay State Park, across the Johnston Creek trestle, through downtown Sequim, over the newly repaired Dungeness River Railroad trestle bridge and through farm and country with mountain views. It finishes with a 5-mile stretch along the shores of the Salish Sea. The marathon walk starts at 6 a.m. at 7 Cedar Casino in Blyn. At 7:30 a.m., the marathon and the marathon relay
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YMCA offering spring break day camps Once again, spring break is upon the North Olympic Peninsula, meaning a whole week without school. But parents, don’t worry. The Olympic Peninsula YMCA has your back and is offering a week of action, sports and creative exploration in the form of Spring Break Day Camps. Participants ages 5 to 12 (kindergarten through sixth grade) can enroll in individual classes held during Port Angeles School District’s spring break. The cost is $18 per class for Y members and $22 per class for community members. The cost is $150 for Y members or $185 for community members for the full week. Each day, there will be a morning class from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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The popularity of raising chickens and ducks is on the rise, and with this trend comes the risk of getting sick from salmonella germs. Last year at least 57 Washingtonians, including many children, got sick from contact with live poultry. Over the past four years, 211 people got sick from salmonella through contact with these animals. Chicks and ducklings commonly carry germs that can make people sick. The salmonella germs can be in droppings and on feathers, feet and beaks — even when the birds look healthy and clean. The germs also get on cages, coops and areas where the birds roam. Salmonella illness is especially dangerous to the very young, the very old and people with weakened immune systems. People who come into contact with chicks and ducklings should protect themselves by following a few precautions: ◆ Wash hands with soap and water after touching chicks and ducklings. It is the single most important thing you can do. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand wipes and gel sanitizers may be used. Sanitizers may not be as effective if hands are too dirty. Clean off as much dirt
as possible before using sanitizers. ◆ Young poultry are not good pets for children under 5 years old. Raising poultry can be a great experience, but sometimes adults make the mistake of giving a chick or duckling to a young child as a spontaneous gift. Young poultry given as pets to children often don’t survive, and if they do, they aren’t as cute and cuddly when they’re adults. Young children are also more at risk from severe illness from salmonella. ◆ Supervise children when handling poultry. Don’t allow children to nuzzle or kiss chicks and ducklings, touch their mouths with their hands or eat and drink while handling birds. ◆ Keep young poultry away from living spaces. Keep birds and their equipment out of the kitchen. Disinfect areas where feeders, water containers, and cages are cleaned. Learn about more ways to prevent salmonella illness at the state Department of Health website, www.tinyurl. com/WASalmonella. These preventive measures apply to handling all live poultry, regardless of the age of the birds or where they were purchased. Facts on keeping birds healthy are on the state Department of Agriculture’s website, http://agr. wa.gov/foodanimal/avianhealth.
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This spring, Nash’s Farm Store is planning several free classes and lectures to get people interested in the gardening spirit. Whether you’re looking to start growing a garden, take your current plot up a notch or learn more about plants in general, there may be an event for you. Nash’s kicks off with “How to Save Seed From & For Your Garden” on Monday, March 28. Have you ever grown a particularly fine example of a vegetable and wanted to save seed from it to plant again, but you didn’t know how to do it correctly? Members of Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) in Port Townsend will show you how to do just that with some common garden veggie varieties. The class starts at 4:30 p.m. “Building Soil” is slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. You’d be amazed how easy it is to improve your garden when you begin at ground level. Hear Elizabeth Murphy,
author, soil scientist and gardener, as she takes us on a path to rich, sustainable, living soil without fear. On Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., “The Volatile Language of Plants” starts. We think plants are helpless in a world of plant-eaters. If that’s the case, they have done very well for hundreds of millions of years. Plants may not be able to run from predators, but through their subtle communication processes, they have found ways to deal with them. “The Hidden Half of Nature” starts at noon Thursday, April 28. Learn about the power of microbes in the soil and in our bodies. David Montgomery and Anne Biklé uncover stunning similarities between the root of a plant and the human gut that could transform how we grow food and counter the onset of chronic diseases. The talk is sponsored by the Sierra Club North Olympic Group. classes and more, contact Patty McManus 681-6274, or visit www.nashsorganic For more information about these at email@example.com or 360- produce.com/events.html.
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For another year going strong, the Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival is making waves April 22-24. Over the course of three days, anyone interested in kayaking is welcome to check out several clinics and demos, plus a few speaker series. The main event and event base is Hollywood Beach in the city’s downtown area. “Here, people will find the registration tent, the kayak demos, equipment pick up, some on-land clinics and several on-water clinics,” said Tammi Hinkle, co-director of the festival. Other venues include: ◆ Feiro Marine Life Center, 315 N. Lincoln St. Several seminars and classroom courses will take place in its classroom. ◆ Freshwater Bay, off Highway 112 at the end of Freshwater Bay Road. The Rock Gardening Class will be held here. ◆ Crescent Beach, 2860 Crescent Beach Road. Intro to Surf Kayak and Intro to Surf Stand Up Paddleboard will be held here.
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AVAILfit studio burning through Port Angeles STORY & PHOTOS BY LAURA LOFGREN, SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR
To those ready to get their butts in gear or to those who are in gear and looking to shift, a new Port Angeles fitness studio might be just what you need to meet your fitness goals now long forgotten since New Year’s. What started off as a mommy-and-stroller fitness class in a park has evolved into AVAILfit, a studio of well-being and empowerment on the North Olympic Peninsula. Led by Ashley Liberty and Jackie Purvis, AVAILfit officially opened its 110 W. First St. doors back in October 2015. AVAILfit brings to the Peninsula a wide array of unique classes. They offer BootyBarre, a Total Body Burn class, the AVAIL Method class, Pound Rockout Workout, Flow Yoga, PIYO and Kickboxing (their newest addition). Liberty is a personal trainer and was trying to figure out how she wanted to start her career. She put out on Facebook that she wanted to start a mommy-stroller boot camp. The next morning after that post was made public, nine people showed up to the outdoors workout at a park on Front Street. After several outdoors boot camps that moved to the park on Fifth and Oak streets, Liberty got to thinking. “I came to the realization that there’s not a whole lot for women in particular in this area. So I kept going with that. Then Jackie and I met,” Liberty said. Purvis and Liberty met at the park boot camp. It came to light that Purvis is a barre instructor, they both worked out in Sequim at the same time and they had the same goals and dreams. “They really were pretty parallel,” Liberty said. “Like, identical,” Purvis added. After chatting and growing to know one another, the two trainers decided they wanted to grow further and opened a space. “[There was] a lot of hard work and paperwork and number crunching in between,” Liberty said. As for the name, Liberty said, it means “to be of use or service to.” “What we took from it is that in many different ways we try to use our bodies to better our lives. The healthier and more fit your body is, the more full of a life you can live,” she said. Even though AVAILfit at first fostered a mother-child-focused group, Purvis said they have evolved into so much more. “It’s not exclusive to moms,” Purvis said. “We have tons of different ages, styles, body types; every type of person comes and they stay and they love it.” “That’s what we love about it,” she added. The trainers, who humorously liken themselves to a married couple, also say AVAILfit is not exclusive to women; men are welcome, too, although they seem to have more fitness location options on the Peninsula. “A couple husbands come with their wives, but 99 percent of our clientele is women,” Liberty said. “We just really wanted this to be a place where women feel like it’s for them,” Purvis said.
Angela Rood, left, cools down her BootyBarre evening class with a few arm stretches at AVAILfit in Port Angeles. BootyBarre is a good introductory class that focuses on toning, defining and chiseling the whole body.
“Anybody can take our classes,” Purvis said. The trainers noted that all of their classes can be modified based on ability level, and they pay special attention to any pre-existing injuries a member may have. BOOTYBARRE Purvis teaches BootyBarre. She has been certified in teaching it for four years. “I started out as a dance instructor, teaching hip-hop and ... ballet,” Purvis said. She was approached by a few mothers who asked her to teach a barre class, which has elements of dance, pilates and yoga that tone and define the body. “People love it,” Purvis said. “It’s more about pulsing your muscles than cardio. It’s low-impact on your body.” BootyBarre is a good class, Purvis said, for those who are coming off an injury, “just to fully build muscle around those injuries,” she said. According to Liberty, it also builds balance and stability, which is important for total body fitness. It’s a good class for beginners, but even “fit” people will find it challenging. “It is a total body workout, not just a booty class,” Purvis laughed. “You’re gonna get what you give.”
AVAIL METHOD & TOTAL BODY BURN There are two classes that are almost identical in style: Total Body Burn and AVAIL Method. “They are both metabolic-conditioning-style classes,” Liberty said. “They’re going to be a bit more like your classic style boot camps. No dance. No choreography. It’s more based on interval training.” THE TRAINERS & CLASSES Sometimes the class uses weights and runs the stairs in downtown Port Angeles. The Liberty and Purvis aren’t the only trainers at AVAILfit. Angela Rood, Trina Hathaway and Marnae Flores all have their specialty classes they teach throughout the week. class definitely involves more push-ups, burpees and plyometric-type exercises.
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“It changes every day,” Liberty said. “People love to keep coming because they know they’re going to get something different,” Purvis added. POUND ROCKOUT WORKOUT Given the title of “flagship” class, the Pound Rockout Workout is something we haven’t seen on the Peninsula yet, according to the trainers. It involves “ripsticks,” which weigh a quarter of a pound each, and classes are anywhere between 45 and 55 minutes long. “It’s lightly choreographed and very easy to follow along,” Liberty said. “You’re dripping in sweat by the end of it.” During the workout, which this writer got to experience firsthand, you are the drummer. Set to upbeat, modern music, Liberty started the class of about 10 women with a warm-up to get the blood pumping. “They say you burn anywhere from 500 to 900 calories per class,” Liberty said,” you strike the ground anywhere between 5,000 to 10,000 times.” When you strike the ground or the sticks together, the body stabilizes and engages the core. Liberty moves through squats and leg lifts, core, butt and lunge positions — and more squats a n d leg
Angela Rood, right, performs a BootyBarre move using a chair for stability while her class uses an anchored ballet bar.
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CLASS SCHEDULING Classes max out at 14-15 members, plus an instructor, due to space limitations. Once a membership is purchased, members can sign up for whichever classes they want online. According to Liberty, everything is done online and through mobile phones, which is something new to the Peninsula. During classes AVAILfit offers childcare provided by one of the trainers for the moms who need to bring their little ones with them to class. You can sign up for childcare when signing up for a class online.
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FLOW YOGA, PIYO & KICK-BOXING AVAILfit doesn’t claim to be a yoga studio, but for those who do one or several intense workouts during the week, the studio offers Flow Yoga to balance out the body. Flores teaches the Friday-only class at 10 a.m., and Liberty and Purvis say it’s a great way to end the week on a lighter note. PiYo classes combine pilates and yoga into one dynamic, flowing sequence. Members hold long, intense poses and are led through dozens of repetitive, microscopic core movements. “We flow through yoga poses, and I refer to them by their yoga names,” Liberty said. “It’s like yoga 100 miles per hour.” This is another class the trainers say is good for beginners looking to get fit. The newest class at AVAILfit, also taught by Flores, is kick-boxing. “She’s been teaching kick-boxing for about three years now and has developed her own routine,” Liberty said. For those looking to punch and kick their way to a better body, the trainers recommend this class, which is all standing.
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Vegetable gardening is good for the mind, body and soul. It reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, helps build strong and healthy bodies and contributes to a general sense of well-being among other things. Anyone who has dug in the dirt, watched seeds germinate or harvested their own produce will agree: Vegetable gardening is fun and rewarding. And better yet, it is therapeutic. This summer, low-income residents of Clallam County with chronic diseases can reap the health benefits of vegetable gardening through a program called Growing Healthy. Growing Healthy is a locally designed program developed to help people eat healthier, get more physical activity and feel better through gardening. The project is based on research that suggests that people who grow their own food take an increased interest in what they eat and eat healthier. Eating healthier (along with getting more exercise) reduces a person’s risk for many chronic diseases and is the cornerstone for treatment of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Growing Healthy was started in 2014; first-year activities were funded through a competitive American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Healthy Communities/ Healthy America Grant and contributions from local businesses. In 2015, Growing Healthy was awarded funding through the Olympic Community Healthy Communities
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REGISTRATION Whether new to kayaks or SUP, or you want to increase your knowledge of the sports, Hinkle says this event is for just about anyone with an interest. “I want everyone to know that the event is for them and very affordable. Whether absolutely new to the sport or seasoned veterans, the breadth of this weekend is to encourage everyone to get involved,” Hinkle said. “This event is for ... all skill levels, novice to advanced. The festival environment is just that — a fun educational weekend giving locals and visitors an opportunity to learn new skills in
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REGISTRATION Advance registration is highly recommended, with fees ranging between $10$35 for courses. All events throughout the weekend are limited in size. “Most of the courses do fill up, so we recommend signing up early,” Hinkle said. People can register online at www.portangeles kayakandfilm.com. Please note: You will
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Learn some of the tips and tricks of shooting action video. This seminar covers the essentials for successful kayak-based videography. ◆ Advanced Rescues, taught by local instructors and adventurers Chris Duff and Lisa Markli. Saturday, April 23, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hollywood Beach. This class focuses on solo rescues and group rescues, plus how best to streamline each with practice. ◆ How to Select Your First Stand Up Paddleboard, taught by Trevor Gregson. Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m., Boardworks Tent. Learn about all the different shapes, materials, construction techniques and which boards are best for which type of paddling. FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS ◆ How to Choose and Rig “Several kayak manuYour Fishing Kayak, taught facturers are coming into by Dave Hoffman. Saturday, town with their demo
fleets,” Hinkle said. “People will have an opportunity to paddle a giant selection of kayaks over the weekend. They can expect about 100 kayaks on the beach to test drive.” There are opportunities for people to get into the sport of kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, with more than 25 paddling courses taught by some of the premier paddlesports instructors in the Pacific Northwest.
April 23, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Hollywood Beach/Perception-Wilderness Tent. Learn the ins and outs of fishing kayaks and their different styles, plus rigging advancements and seating and standing arrangements. ◆ Surfski Clinic, taught by Kenny Howell. Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Hollywood Beach. Discover why these versatile kayaks are gaining popularity worldwide. Surfskis are fun to paddle on calm water as well as the open ocean. Adventures Through Kayaking and Sound Bikes and Kayaks are the main sponsors of the event. If you’re new to kayaking or looking to evolve your abilities, come see what the festival has to offer.
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Hepatitis C: Should you be tested for it? BY JEANETTE STEHR-GREEN, MD, CLALLAM COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH CHAIR & CHRISTOPHER FRANK, MD, PHD, CLALLAM COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER
Hepatitis C is a contagious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It affects primarily the liver, an organ that removes harmful chemicals from your blood, helps process food and stores energy. HCV is the most common cause of cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) and liver cancer in the United States. Hepatitis C is usually spread when blood from an infected person enters the body of someone who is not infected. Before widespread screening of the blood supply began in 1992, HCV was spread through blood transfusions, blood clotting products and organ transplants. Today, most people become infected with HCV by sharing needles used to inject drugs. Sometimes mothers can pass the infection to their babies during pregnancy. Less commonly, the infection spreads from sharing items like razors or tooth-
brushes or having sexual contact with a person infected with HCV. Hepatitis C is a sneaky virus. Only about one-third of people infected with the virus get sick at the time of infection. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness, jaundice (yellowing skin and whites of eyes), fever and nausea. Sound good? Not really. Unfortunately most people who are infected with HCV will not be able to fight off the virus but become chronically infected. Even though the person feels well, the virus remains in the body, multiplying and damaging the liver. Of the people who develop chronic hepatitis C infection, a substantial portion will Data source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention develop cirrhosis years down the road and Of every 100 persons infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who are not treated, the liver cancer, both of which can lead to above outcomes can be expected. death. (See graph.) An estimated 3.2 million people in the United States are living with chronic hepa- become infected and 8,000-10,000 die from titis C. Each year, about 17,000 Americans hepatitis C-related liver disease.
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Participants reported the program had a positive impact, saying they: ◆ Learned worthwhile gardening and cooking skills and were better prepared to grow their own vegetables. ◆ Ate more fruits and vegetables than before the project began and increased their knowledge about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. ◆ Felt an increased sense of belonging and feeling that the community cared about them. The project was highlighted at the 2014 International Master Gardener’s Conference in South Korea (Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 24, 2014) and the 2015 Washington State Master Gardener Conference (Peninsula Daily News, Sept. 13, 2015). In 2016, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO) free medical clinic and WSU Clallam County Extension will partner with First Step Family Support Center, the Lower Elwha Tribal Clinic and the Port Angeles Food Bank to offer Growing Healthy again. The program will be expanded to additional garden sites and include not only low-income persons with (or at risk for)
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Health benefits of vegetable gardening ◆ Is a fun form of low-impact exercise that burns about the same number of calories as walking briskly, bicycling or playing basketball (about 300-400 k/cal per hour). ◆ Helps to curb the appetite and control weight, thereby improving blood sugar levels and blood pressure. ◆ Contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints through weight-bearing. ◆ Is a good source of fruits and vegetables
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A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis suggests the number is growing. In Clallam County, chronic hepatitis C infection is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease. In 2014, 98 cases of chronic hepatitis C were reported to the Clallam County health department. Because people with chronic hepatitis C infection often do not feel sick for many years, reported cases are only the tip of the iceberg. People of all ages and walks of life can be infected with HCV, but those born from 1945 to 1965 are five times more likely than other adults to be infected; in fact, 75 percent of adults infected with HCV are baby boomers who have been infected for many years.
that are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, antioxidants and fiber, and are naturally low in cholesterol and fat. ◆ Has been shown to improve the gardener’s knowledge of good nutrition and increase the number of fruits and vegetables they eat. ◆ Increases exposure to sunshine which counteracts seasonal depression and raises low vitamin D levels (associated with many health problems). ◆ Provides a form of meditation, decreasing
Because many people who are infected with HCV are unaware of their infection, CDC recommends that all baby boomers and people with risk factors for hepatitis C be screened for the infection at least once. If an individual continues behaviors that put them at risk for infection (such as injecting drugs), testing should be repeated at least annually. If you are screened and found to be infected, you can take steps to protect your liver from other forms of injury by avoiding alcohol and certain prescription pills, supplements, or over-the-counter medications. These steps alone can stall the development of liver damage. Treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection has dramatically improved in recent years. Many people can now be cured with
stress, muscle tension and blood pressure and contributing to a general sense of well-being. ◆ Gives the gardener something to look forward to and allows him or her to be productive. ◆ When done with a group or family, fosters a sense of community and encourages interactions between diverse people and cultures. ◆ Allows the gardener to share home-grown fruits and vegetables with family, friends and neighbors and spread the health benefits to others.
medications that have far fewer side effects than treatments used in the past. Work is ongoing to develop a vaccine that can decrease the rate of hepatitis C infection similar to vaccines against the viruses that cause hepatitis A and B. Treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection is readily available both locally and in the Puget Sound area. Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO) Free Clinic will soon begin offering telemedicine treatment to persons who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid under the supervision of University of Washington specialists through Project ECHO. The first step is to find out if you might be infected. For more information about testing, contact your physician or Clallam County Health and Human Services at 360-417-2274.
In addition, Growing Healthy participants will be able to monitor selected health measurements such as blood sugar and blood pressure to determine their risk for chronic diseases and receive referrals for medical follow-up. Vegetable gardening is fun. It’s rewarding. It’s healthy. Take a step toward wellness and join Growing Healthy in 2016.
Hepatitis C screening recommendations The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hepatitis C testing at least once for persons who were/have: Born from 1945 through 1965 Ever injected illegal drugs, including those who injected once or a few times many years ago ◆ Received clotting factor concentrates produced before 1987 ◆ Received a transfusion of blood, blood components or an organ transplant before July 1992 (before screening was implemented) ◆ On long-term hemodialysis ◆ HIV infection ◆ Signs or symptoms of liver disease (e.g., abnormal liver enzyme tests) ◆ Born to hepatitis C virus-positive mothers ◆ ◆
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