Have a Healthy, Happy February with These Local Wellness Events

Cook winter soups and cricket dishes, practice partner yoga and foot fitness, and costume up for a Worst Day of the Year run or ride.

By Tuck Woodstock January 26, 2016

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Dig out your best costume for the annual Worst Day of the Year Ride.

Cooking Fresh: Winter Soups and Salads

What:  Hyatt Training teams up with Roland Carfagno of Justa Pasta to share simple soups and salads perfect for busy weeknights or brown-bag lunches. The event will include a one-hour lecture detailing how to use fresh, local, seasonal ingredients to prepare nutritious winter meals, followed by a Q&A session and social hour.
Where: Hyatt Training Studio, 1622 NW 15th Ave
When: Wednesday, February 3, 6pm
How Much: $20. Register here.

Unraveling The Mystery of Fatigue

What:  Always exhausted? This event is for you. Local naturopathic physician Dr. Shawn Soszka explores the many possible causes of chronic fatigue, from conventional diagnoses like sleep apnea, anemia, depression, and thyroid disorders, to lesser known culprits—think vitamin and mineral deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction, and stealth infections.
Where: New Seasons Market, Grant Park, 3210 NE Broadway St
When: Wednesday, February 3, 7-8:30pm
How Much: Free. Register here.

Worst Day of the Year Run

What:  Get your waterproof costume ready for this fun, family-friendly, rain-or-shine 5K, which winds through the gorgeous grounds of McMenamins Edgefield. Runners can choose between three start times (9-11am), and then stick around all day to enjoy Edgefield’s ten bars, restaurants, golf courses, spa, wine cellar, and more. Did we mention there’s a prize for best costume?
Where: Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale
When: Saturday, February 6, 8am-1pm
How Much: $39 online, $49 day of race. Register here.

Foot Fitness Workshop with Vicki Seabrook

What:  Learn to keep your feet flexible and strong at this free one-hour workshop at Zoom+ Performance. Local bodyworker Vicki Seabrook will explain how the way we stand and walk influences our posture and affects the stability and flexibility of our entire body. By giving your feet some love, you’ll be able to stay active without pain or injury.
Where: Zoom+ Performance, 945 NW Lovejoy St
When: Sunday, February 7, 10-11am
How Much: Free. Email [email protected] to register.

Are Crickets Part of a Healthy, Sustainable Diet?

What:  We’ve been saying it for months now—cooking with cricket flour is a game changer. Crickets not only provide a complete protein rich with iron and calcium, but also produce far less greenhouse gases than cows, and require 2000 times less water to raise. So get over that “ick” reflex and learn to supplement your omnivorous diet with locally raised, eco-friendly insects at this free lunchtime chat.
Where: Zoom+ Performance, 945 NW Lovejoy St
When: Wednesday, February 10, 12-1pm
How Much: Free. Email [email protected] to register. 

Valentine’s Partner Yoga

What: Bring a platonic pal or the love of your life to this partner yoga workshop led by Yoga Pearl’s Sarasvati Hewitt. The class will explore how “yoga dialogue” allows us to twist, stretch, and support one another, creating greater trust and sensitivity in our relationships on and off the mat. (Sounds like the perfect Galentine’s Day activity to us!)
Where: Yoga Pearl, 925 NW Davis St
When: Saturday, February 13, 2-4pm
How Much: $50 for a pair of yogis. Register here

2016 Food as Medicine Symposium: Healing with Traditional Foods

What: Overwhelmed by healthful eating? You’re not alone. Learn how to prevent disease and optimize wellness at this one-day public symposium, featuring lectures by noted physicians and nutrition experts, including Eating on the Wild Side author Jo Robinson.
Where: NCNM Main Campus, 49 SW Porter St
When: Saturday, February 13, 9am–4pm
How Much: $85-$100. Register here.

Worst Day of the Year Ride

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What:  This cherished Portland tradition has it all: riders receive Dragonfly Chai, Nossa Familia coffee, Franz Bakery doughnuts, house fries at Ecliptic, Tamale Boy chips and salsa, tater tots at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, delicious homemade soups from Laughing Planet Café, and more than $5000 in costume prizes. And oh yeah, there’s cycling involved, too—choose either the 15-mile urban course or the 42-mile challenge course.
Where: Lucky Labrador Brewpub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
When: Sunday, February 14, 8am-4pm
How Much: $39-44 online, $49 day of race. Register here.

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