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Healthy Klamath: Couch to 5K Series finds success

Hospital news | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Contact: Thomas Hottman

H&N Staff Reporter

The Sky Lakes Wellness Center team of Dr. Stephanie Van Dyke and Katherine Jochim Pope have been impressed with the enthusiasm showed for the Couch to 5K series this summer.

The five lectures as part of the series so far, along with group walks, have been well attended by a dedicated group of people, Van Dyke said, which is inspiring to both of them.

After the Run for Kids last month, Van Dyke said she was particularly inspired by the group of Couch to 5K attendees who ran in the race.

Positive changes

There have been many positive outcomes from the program so far, Pope said: she and Van Dyke have really seen that there are people in the community who are dedicated to improving their health, there are businesses dedicated to helping them reach those goals, such as Asana Yoga, CrossFit Klamath and Hutch's Bicycles, and there are a few participants who have already made impressive changes with weight loss or improved overall fitness.

Both Van Dyke and Pope said that if anyone wants to make positive changes to their health, it's not too late. Just because the Couch to 5K program is coming to an end doesn't mean anyone can't make an attempt for better health starting later today or tomorrow, Van Dyke said.

"Just remember, none of us is perfect," she said.

Making a plan

Van Dyke recommends starting small with your health goals, and to be very specific about those goals, such as making a plan to walk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for five minutes.

Pope said she is looking forward to the final Couch to 5K lecture, in which the audience will hear from five or six people about their own success stories with weight loss or fitness.

"I think that their success stories will really be able to encourage others in our community," Van Dyke said, agreeing with Pope.

The final lecture will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Community Health Education Center, 2200 N. Eldorado Blvd. A group hike on the OC&E Woods Line State Trail is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

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