Keeping healthy and fit is a task at any age, but especially harder as middle age brings increased responsibility and less energy. So if escapism during the summer months leads to the coast, Newport offers a chance for a community of like individuals to prove their levels of athletic prowess.

The fast approaching Olympic Games serve as a reminder of what one can look and feel like when a favorite sport is well practiced. As ping pong tournaments, swimming races, and tennis matches commence at the Oregon Coast Games, creaking joints and exhaustion can be forgotten.

Whether a recent celebration of the big 3-0 occurred or the birth of a grandchild, all adults interested may participate. Breathe in the fresh air and receive a free T-shirt for participating.
The event runs the weekend of July 5-6. The Newport Senior Center and Newport Park and Recreation Department present the event, which will feature a 5K for the whole family, open to participants of all ages. Cost varies on choice of event participation.  For more information, call (541) 265-9617

OSM offers class and training to public
If considering a career change or a healthy means of alternative medicine, Oregon School of Massage has new classes and a training program preview available this month.

One training preview is available at the Salem campus located at 2111 Front St NE – Building 3 on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Multiple options are open for those who may want to pursue either western or eastern focused massage techniques. Along with program expectations and scheduling, the preview will offer insight on career opportunities, the licensing process, and potential income. Recent graduates will be available as well to offer their expertise in a question and answer session. The entire program can be completed at the Salem campus.

Help for those aching feet may be a step away. Open to the public with no prerequisites required, OSM is conducting a basic course on foot reflexology. Used to both heal and relax, the class will cover working techniques, history and theory, but emphasize practical application, according to their Web site. The class will be taught by Richard Butler, an OSM instructor who practices in Portland. The charge for this class is $155.

For more information call (877) 588-8912 or visit www.oregonschoolofmassage.com.   

Bereavement counseling offered for adults
In a time of loss, Willamette Valley Hospice provides a means of gathering a community for support. Just as they help care for ailing family members and friends, counseling is provided to help those left behind.

Willamette Valley Hospice boasts a staff of professional bereavement counselors who will conduct meetings for those interested free of charge.

Over a six-week period starting July 24, counseling sessions will be held every Thursday from 3 – 4:30 p.m. A counselor and volunteer will be available for each of the six weeks to provide assistance.

“The sessions are designed [for participants] to come all six weeks,” Lori Ensign, bereavement counselor for Willamette Valley Hospice, said.

Drop-in meetings will be available in September with evening sessions to choose from, as well as additional six-week groups for families and children.

For more information or to register call Bereavement Services at (503) 588-3600. Sessions will be held at their offices located at 1015 3rd St NW in Salem.