Get happy, get healthy

Support a good cause and get healthy by participating in the seventh annual Fun Walk to benefit the Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic.

Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event, Saturday, Sept. 18. The walk starts and ends at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Blake Ave. (Note: This is a change from previous years when the walk began and ended at the Guy Cole Convention Center in Carrie Blake Park.)

Kristen LaMoure from the Sequim Gym provides a warm-up Zumba (a Latin-flavored dance) class, while Laughter Yoga sponsors an after-walk stretch.

Closing ceremonies are at 11 a.m.

In addition to an easy one-mile walk and a tougher five-mile hike, this year's event promises lots of fun - and more ways to improve your health.

A health fair held in association with the Fun Walk provides a half-dozen health screening opportunities. Crews from the various service groups of Olympic Medical Center will be on hand to provide blood pressure checks, pulmonary screening (lung capacity), medication reconciliation and blood glucose and diabetic risk assessments. You also can participate in a "balance check."

Representatives from Planned Parenthood will be on hand to provide information on colon health.

The health screenings are free to registered walkers. Those who would like to participate in the health fair but are not walking can pay $10 to take advantage of the offerings.

The entertainment lineup for the day includes

Sequimarimba and a singing group from the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. Prizes will be handed out for the largest team, the team raising the most money and the person with the most sponsors. There also will be door prizes.

The cost is $10 per adult and free for those under 18.

For more information, call Leslie Lauren at the clinic, 582-2976.

Reach Mark Couhig at

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