Molina Healthcare of Washington presented nine individuals, including OPHCC president, Dr. Monica Dixon, with its prestigious Community Champions Award at the 10th annual reception honoring outstanding community leaders and advocates for the underserved throughout Washington state.
“At Molina Healthcare, it is our privilege and responsibility to recognize and reward the unsung heroes who tirelessly work to improve the health of our communities every day,” said Peter Adler, president of Molina Healthcare of Washington. “Each recipient sets an example to others in their respective communities that giving back – no matter how, why, where or to whom – is noble and worthy of celebration. We owe those daily heroes in our communities a debt of gratitude.”
Read the entire announcement here!
Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition President, Monica Dixon and Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias chat with KONP radio host Todd Ortloff about the 2018 Healthy Leader 5210 Challenge in which twelve community leaders (including Mark) adopt the four 5-2-1-0 DAILY healthy habits for the entire month of July.
5 – Eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables
2 – Reduce recreational screen time to 2 hours or less
1 – Get at least 1 hour of physical activity
0 – Drink 0 sugar sweetened beverages
Listen to the podcast here!
On August 16th, 2017, OPHCC sponsored a leadership forum for Olympic Peninsula leaders to:
Cooking with kids? The idea might sound uncomfortable, overwhelming, or even dangerous. But if we want our kids to love nutritious food, understand the importance of a home cooked meal, and eventually be able to shop for and prepare their own healthy meals, we need to empower them to find confidence in the kitchen from an early age.
Where to start? It’s always a good idea to try new routines a few different ways to find what works best for you. Read more at Letsgo.org for tips on how to start cooking with kids!
Imagine bringing together the lonely, the isolated, the hungry, or just the “I don’t feel like cooking today” in order to enjoy a meal together celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s exactly the vision that began last year as OPHCC partners began to talk about putting together the first ever Thanksgiving Community dinner.
Recognizing that the beautiful Sequim Boys and Girls Club sat empty over the holiday, and that only a few blocks down the street, the Sequim Food Bank filled hundreds of holiday meal boxes to hand out to those needing a lift, the idea began to germinate of pulling together all in our wonderful community in order to celebrate our gratitude, to enjoy good food and to laugh and connect to one another. Once the word was out, the generosity from our incredible community poured forth.
Take our October 2016 "Ready, Set, Go 5-2-1-0!" Challenge for great prizes and even better health for you and your family! Download the Challenge form here, then work on eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, getting 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour of physical activity and drinking 0 sugar-sweetened beverages every day this month.
Bring your completed Challenge sheets to the new Sequim YMCA desk either Saturday, October 29th, or join us for the Grand Opening Sunday, October 30th from noon to 3 PM, and receive your FREE T-shirt just for participating!
In addition, you'll be entered into drawings for a free year-long family membership, swimming lessons, free class certificates, new bikes and other great prizes!
All ages are welcome to participate, and you can jump into the Challenge at any time!
Okay, Sequim and the Dungeness Valley, it's time to get REAL. It's time to have fun. It's time to tell a new story for our community, one which revels in how healthy, energetic, active, fun, engaged and committed we are.
I LOVE living here, and look to those mountains every single day and count my blessings that I've settled in such an incredible wonderland. Hike, ski, bike, walk, run, kayak, swim (ok, we'll get SARC back at it soon!), garden, yoga, and sometimes all in the same day. A day in paradise is one in which my husband and I go snowshoeing on Hurricane Ridge and come home to mow the lawn. Share THAT story with your friends!
ABOUT DR. M
Dr. Monica Dixon, our resident Blogger, has a 30 year history of work in the worlds of nutrition, physical activity, and helping to make communities healthier.
Though health information abounds on the internet, much of it is ill-founded and not based in the good science that tells us what really works and what doesn't.
Dr. M is a registered dietitian, culinary nutritionist, and a health psychologist.