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Healthy Activities
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Healthy Activities

This year's healthy activities provide opportunities to explore holistic approaches to physical and mental well-being. Activities will be accessible to participants of varying fitness levels.
All activities are designed to promote health and safety in and outside of the workplace and are open to the public and free of charge, thanks to our sponsors and partners.

For questions, contact: Adrienne Paige Mullock, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, Oregon Public Health Division, adrienne.p.mullock@state.or.us.

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"Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance"

Tai Chi

Monday, April 4
1 - 2 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1D

Jim Dalton, MAT
Tai Chi and Meditation Instructor

Jim Dalton has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi in the Yang tradition for more than ten years. He teaches the Tai Chi for Better Balance program in various facilities focused on the elder population.

This modified 8-form Tai Chi has been found to decrease the risk of falls in older adults. Class includes warm ups, good body alignment and coordinated movements conducted in a continuous, circular and flowing motion.This evidence-based program, developed at the Oregon Research Institute has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an effective community based intervention to prevent falls in older adults.



"Gravity Is Your Friend!
Good posture made easy"

Good posture made easy

Tuesday, April 5
Noon - 1 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1C

Claudia Holderegger, DC
Chiropractor and Body Mechanics Specialist

Dr. Holderegger helps her patients re-discover natural and anatomically correct movement patterns. She is the only US practitioner of Spiraldynamik, a Swiss therapy based on anatomically correct movement.

This class explores the anatomical foundation of good posture. Participants will practice simple stretches and exercises to correct faulty patterns. Participants will gain a new physical sense of posture and tools to bring more ease to work and recreational activities.



"Work Happy: Moving in the workplace"

Moving in the workplace

Wednesday, April 6
Noon - 1 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E., Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1C

Beverly Burke, RN, MPH
Certified Movement Analyst, Certified Industrial Ergonomist

Beverly Burke is a Registered Nurse and public health professional who has practiced ergonomics for twenty years. She has consulted on numerous workstation assessments in office and industrial environments. 

This interactive presentation will include a mini-lecture about the importance of moving at work. Participants will practice techniques designed to maximize their moving experience in the workplace, both sitting in chairs and standing. 



"Stress Relief Using a Mindfulness-Based Approach"

Stress Relief Using a Mindfulness-Based Approach

Thursday, April 7
Noon - 1 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1D

Michael Wilson, MSW
Public Health Project Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland Communities of Mindful Living

Michael has been meditating for over forty years and is a member of Karma Changchub Chuling, a Vajrayana Buddhist center in NE Portland (www.kcc.org).

Participants will learn and practice practical techniques for being more present and aware with themselves and others and in the process learn to be more relaxed and released from stress.

 


"Nia"

Nia

Thursday, April 7
1 - 2 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1D

Cessa Karson-Whitethorn, MPH
Nia White Belt, HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral Services Program Analyst

Alessandra (Cessa) Karson-Whitethorn has practiced Nia since 2003 and completed her Nia White Belt in 2010. She believes Nia has changed her life by changing her relationship with her body. Cessa is dedicated to sharing the experience of the 'Joy of Movement', the foundation of Nia.

Nia is a somatic (body centered) practice developed in Portland, Oregon in the 1980s. Nia incorporates dance, healing arts and martial arts in an experience that emphasizes the 'Joy of Movement' as a way to connect with athleticism and self-healing. Nia can be done by anyone, of any fitness level. For more information, go to www.Nianow.com.



"Introduction to Tulen Self Defense"

Tulen

Friday, April 8
Noon - 1 p.m.

Portland State Office Building
800 N.E. Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232
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Room 1D

Käri Greene, MPH
Senior Research Analyst and certified Tulen self-defense instructor

Käri Greene is a second-degree black belt in Poekoelan Tjimindie Tulen, an Indonesian martial art. Teaching self- defense has given her the opportunity to see people transforming fear into confidence while learning valuable skills they will use in many areas of their lives.

Tulen self-defense is a dynamic program that trains practical skills to respond to real-life situations. In this interactive class, participants learn to recognize pre-assaultive behavior, and calmly de-escalate aggressive interactions. Participants will focus on developing strong, confident body language and using their voice to set effective boundaries.