WOW! wellness forum speaker to address ‘Core Ideas’

Barb Paschal, a retired physical therapist and community educator, presents “Easy Core Ideas to Improve Balance, Energy & Joint Pain,” a free WOW! Working on Wellness Forum, starting at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

There are hundreds of core muscles attached to your spine from your neck to your pelvis, and your shoulders, hips and knees are connected to your core too. Paschal has helped people of all ages — from 2-week-old babies to people in their 90s — who struggle with disabilities.

When questioned about why exercising the core muscles are important, she says “our bodies are amazing and we all have to work every day to improve our health.” She hopes to encourage everyone to find the rewards of exercise of fun and effective exercises and lifestyle changes.

Paschal has lots of tips for working carefully and slowly on your range of motion, including ways to sit, stand, walk and dance. At the Dec. 12 workshop, learn easy ways to give one’s self the gift of a happier and healthier body.

WOW! Working on Wellness is a health education program of Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic — Sequim’s free clinic that provides basic urgent care and chronic health care services to uninsured community members. Clinic work is supported by more than 70 volunteers, including physicians, other professional health care providers and laypersons, as well as private and public donations from the Sequim community and beyond.

The Basic Urgent Care Clinic is open to patients on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting the Clinic may call 360-582-0218.

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