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Start to Fitness


Taking steps toward a stronger, healthier community.


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Dance, Yoga & Meditation

Bollywood Dance

Presented by Dance with Bollywood Seattle.
Bollywood Dance is an expressive dance style combining traditional storytelling and body movements. Learn a choreography that includes traditional mudras to tell the story of the song and Bollywood dance moves.
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Bolly'robics

Presented by Dance with Bollywood Seattle.
Bollywood is a combination of folk dances from around India. Discover how to put different dance moves together to keep moving and having fun.
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Bollywood Film Festival

Are you new to Indian Cinema or are you a seasoned fan of Bollywood films? Screen some of India's more notable cinematic productions.
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Get Outside

Best Hikes with Dogs

Presented by Dan Nelson, Author of Best Hikes with Dogs, Western Washington.
Learn about great hikes you can take with your canine companion in Western Washington, and tips for sharing the trail. Dan is the author of numerous hiking guidebooks and a regular contributor to Men's Journal and GearInstitute.com.
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Hiking The Wonderland Trail

Presented by Tami Asars, author of Hiking the Wonderland Trail
Washington State's famed Wonderland Trail is a spectacular 93-mile route that circumnavigates Mount Rainier, challenging hikers with its strenuous 22,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain and loss. Join Tami Asars, a professional instructor on how best to hike the trail and a third-generation hiker of the Cascade mountain, as she shares her photos and experiences collected over nine journeys on the trail.
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Backpacking Washington

Presented by Craig Romano, author of Backpacking Washington
Washington contains some varied backpacking country! Helping you decide where to start is renowned hiker Craig Romano who literally went through fire to research this book - ask him to tell you the story! Romano is the author of eight books, including several in the bestselling Day Hiking series with Mountaineers Books, and is a dedicated runner, cyclist and conservationist.
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Keep Moving

Healthy Knees

Presented by Dr. Astrid Pujari, author of The Healthy Knees Book
Join Astrid Pujari, MD as she discusses Natural and Western medical approaches to relieving pain and improving function of the knees.
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Fit by Nature: Get Outside, Get Active, Get Healthy

Presented by Nicole Nazzaro, author of Fit By Nature
Join Nicole Nazzaro, co-author of Fit By Nature, and the founder of The Wellness Playbook, for an interactive, fun workshop on jump-starting your fitness program for 2014. Leave with a personalized plan for getting fit in the New Year and you might win a prize! Nicole is a dynamic speaker on workplace and community health and wellness, and a nationally-published writer with credits in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Runner's World, among other publications.
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Walking in Balance

How you take care of your feet can have a huge impact on your health. Join foot expert, Eric Sach, as he shares his knowledge of easy solutions now to avoid future problems later. He will share how to walk with better balance and have happier feet to keep you active and moving.
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Eating Healthy

Evaluating Diets: What Science Says about Trendy Diets like Paleo, Wheat Belly and Gluten Free

Presented by the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Learn how to evaluate a diet. Discuss popular myths and fad diets as well as the scientific evidence for how diets work.
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Good Mood Food

Presented by Marilyn Walls, MS Nutrition Educator, PCC Natural Markets.
Food can enhance your mood or leave you feeling lethargic. This class will explore the relationship between your brain and G.I. tract, helping you plan meals. Sample food that tastes good and can help you feel better!
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Biking

Route Planning: You CAN Get Here from There!

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Do you want a more scenic ride to work? Need to find the fastest/flattest way between points A and B? Discover the online resources, maps and apps that will guide you in your search for new routes and destinations.
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Intro to Bike Commuting: Bike for Work and Play

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
This introductory class will provide new commuters with basics to start riding safely to work and around town.
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How to Buy a Bike: Finding the Right Ride

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Are you ready venture out via bike but need a new ride? Not sure how to navigate the endless choices in bicycles? Let us help de-mystify the process. Survey the different styles of bicycles and discuss which style best suits the needs and preferences based on the type of riding you'll be doing.
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Basic Bike Maintenance

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Maintaining your bike is more important than ever to keep you riding smoothly and safely. It's a great time to get up to speed on simple maintenance techniques that will keep your bike in tip top shape as you roll through winter.
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Fix-a-Flat and Beyond

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Learn this simple and important skill to minimize delays the next time your tire fizzles. Take the mystery out of wheel and tire removal, patching a tube and putting it all back together.
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Urban Cycling Techniques: Riding in Traffic with Skill and Confidence

Presented by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Bring your urban cycling questions for a lively conversation. Discuss basic traffic principles and study real-life scenarios to help guide you through that next ambiguous situation.
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Biking Puget Sound: My Favorite Recreational Rides

Presented by Bill Thorness, author of Biking Puget Sound
Join biking guidebook author Bill Thorness for a look at some of the region's best cycling. He will choose his favorite routes nearest the library, and tell about great rides and fun biking events around the Puget Sound area.
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Biking through Ethiopia in 3D

Presented by Marlin Peterson.
Marlin Peterson rode his mountain bike through Ethiopia carrying antique 3D cameras that used something called "slidefilm". He chronicled his own journey riding roads and trails through the incredible landscapes and fascinating diversity of people that inhabit this beautiful region. This slideshow will be in full color 3D using polarized glasses.
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A Guide to Falling Down in Public

Presented by Joe Kurmaskie, author of A Guide to Falling Down in Public
Experience author Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie's travel adventures by bicyclefrom Costa Rica to Australia, Africa to Canada, Italy to Mexico.
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King County Parks Fitness Challenge

Let's Move

A healthier you is a happier you, and getting healthier is even more fun when it takes you outside! Sounds pretty great, right? Resolve now to get moving and discover new activities by taking part in the 2014 King County Parks Fitness Challenge. This challenge is fun, family friendly and most activities are free.

King County Parks offers 26,000 acres-worth of recreational experiences and activities for every fitness level. Challenge activities include hiking through beautiful forests, bike riding along a world class regional trail system, going out and playing with the kids and hopefully finding your new favorite park. With over 200 parks find sometGStarting in January 2014.

Let's Move

Let's Move

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies. Your involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for our children.

Do One Thing with C89.5 FM radio!

Let's Move

In 2013 C89.5 FM radio launched Do One Thing, a campaign to encourage healthy choices among young adults. Based at Nathan Hale High School, C89.5 FM is a 42 year old nonprofit station with students on the air, playing Electronic Dance Music. It was recently named the Best Dance Music Station in the country.

Tune in to hear how others stay healthy and be inspired to submit your own!

Listeners are encouraged to get involved through social media; Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.

Listeners can also call in to 206.252.3819 and record what they do to be healthy.

Share Your Healthy Food

As part of Start to Fitness, KCLS is accepting non-perishable healthy foods with an emphasis on those that are reduced in fat, sugar and sodium.

In keeping with food safety guidelines, homemade food, open packages or anything in glass containers will not be accepted.

Here are some suggestions:

  • No sugar added apple sauce
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Canned, shelf stable, chicken, turkey or seafood
  • Dried fruits, raisins
  • 100% fruit juice
  • 100% Fruit leather
  • Granola bars
  • Milk or soy milk (in a box)
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Plain or low sugar oatmeal
  • Whole grain pastas or noodles
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Low sodium Salsa
  • Low sodium canned tomato products
  • Low sodium canned vegetables

The food will be distributed to 45 local food banks and feeding programs through partnerships with Food Lifeline, Hopelink and the Lifelong Aids Alliance. Look for the collection bin in the lobby of all KCLS libraries. Watch the total grow!

Year to get started

If you’re resolved to begin the New Year with a more active, healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to get started at your library. Throughout 2014, find ideas, inspiration and tips on simple ways to add more movement and healthy options to your life through the new adult series, Start to Fitness.

Last Updated: 03/27/14