Have a Healthy, Happy New Year with These Local Wellness Events

Learn about cross-country skiing, winter skin care, athlete nutrition, and ultramarathon training at these January events.

By Tuck Woodstock December 30, 2015

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This January, learn to cross-country ski at Mt. Hood Meadows with the help of an REI instructor.

Free New Year Intentions Yoga Class + Treat Table

What: Set your fitness, relationship, and career intentions for 2016 with a free yoga class and meditation session at Athleta’s Pearl District location. Enter to win a free yoga mat, and snack on tasty, healthful treats from Zest, a company known for their Paleo-friendly cakes and gluten-free vegan cookies. Free allergy-friendly sweets for all!
Where: Athleta, 1001 NW Couch St
When: Saturday, January 9, 9–10 am (yoga) and 10 am–12 pm (treat table)
How Much: Free! (Did we say that already?) RSVP to 503-227-0067.

Better Bites: Bone Broth

What: What's the deal with bone broth, anyway? Find out at this installment of OMSI's seasonal cooking demonstration series, "Better Bites." Tressa Yellig, owner of Broth Bar and Salt, Fire & Time, will explain the science behind the foodie trend, delving into the health benefits of drinking broth and giving ideas for nourishing add-ins. (Benefit #1: It keeps you warm all winter long!)
Where: OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave
When: Wednesday, January 13, 6pm
How Much: $25. Buy tickets here.

Eating for Exercise Nutrition Class

What: So, you’ve set your fitness goals for the year. Now it’s time to learn how to fuel your body for all that awesome exercise! Learn how to optimize your workouts by choosing the best foods before, during, and after each sweat sesh, with the help of a New Seasons Market nutritionist. 
Where: New Seasons Market Williams, 3445 N Williams Ave
When: Thursday, January 14, 7–8:30 pm
How Much: Free! Register here.

Winter and the Skin You’re In

What: Learn how winter weather impacts eczema, psoriasis, sports injuries, and other skin issues. Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Erika Anderson will share traditional Chinese medicinal remedies for cold weather skin health, as well as recommended products for your winter first aid kit.
Where: The People’s Co-Op, 3029 SE 21st Ave
When: Sunday, January 17, 2–3 pm
How Much: Free! Register here

Running Your First Ultra

What: Meet trail running sensation Krissy Moehl, a Washington native who has run (and won!) ultramarathons everywhere from the French Alps to Japan’s Mt. Fuji. In her new book, Running Your First Ultra, Moehl shares all her secrets to completing a 50K, 50-miles, or 100-mile race, featuring customizable training plans and inspiring words of wisdom. Get your copy signed and ask your most burning distance running questions at this Powell’s author event.
Where: Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St
When: Wednesday, January 20, 7:30 pm
How Much: Free! More info and book pre-orders here.

 Fight For Air Climb

What: This national fundraiser challenges participants to raise money for the American Lung Association by climbing the dizzying staircases of a skyscraping local landmark—in this case, Big Pink.
Where: U.S. Bancorp Tower (Big Pink), 111 SW 5th Ave
When: Sunday, January 24, 8 am
How Much: It’s a fundraiser—how much can you raise? Register here.

Cross Country Skiing Intro Class

What: Embrace the snowy season by learning to start, stop, turn, climb, glide, and even fall down safely on cross-country skis. After a quick skills lesson from REI instructors, attendees will hit the Mt Hood Meadows trails to practice their technique.
Where: Nordic Center at Mt Hood Meadows, Mt Hood, OR
When: Sunday, January 24, 9 am–2 pm
How Much: $85 for members, $105 for non-members. Register here.

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