Fare Thee Well(ness)

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

All good things must come to an end, and my days here with the City of Federal Way are numbered. I began my career in Federal Way in December of 2006 and it has been 13 wonderful years. I have accepted an offer to be the next Executive Director with PenMet Parks – Gig Harbor and therefore my last day on the job will be December 4th. The City of Federal Way’s Parks Department is, without a doubt, one of the best Parks agencies in the State of Washington. I would even go a step further and rank it amongst some of the best in the country. As a testament to the quality of individuals that I work with every day and the many I’ve worked with over the years, I will become the 7th City of Federal Way Parks employee to become a Parks Director in our state!

You’re probably wondering, “What does this have to do with wellness?” Continue reading “Fare Thee Well(ness)”

Born To Move

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

If you are reading this article, you are alive. If you are alive, therefore you were born … on your birthday to be exact.  (Insert your own “NO DUH” expression here) … and because you were born, you were born to move! That’s right; no matter your height, weight, flexibility, mobility, or athletic ability you were placed on this earth with the intention to walk, run, ride, jump, dance, kick, skip, hike, slide, swing, and more. Continue reading “Born To Move”

Healthy for Life

By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

What is a “lifetime sport” anyway? Well, simply put, it is an activity or sport that you can do for your entire life. Finding a sport you enjoy playing is the key to longevity. You are much more likely to invest time and money into a pastime if you are having a blast while doing it. As we progress into our sixties and beyond, staying healthy and fit becomes more important and more challenging. While improved health and fitness – not to mention looking and feeling great – are great incentives for starting an exercise program, they are usually weak motivators over the long haul. If you choose sporting activities where the goals include having fun, learning a new skill, improving performance, and meeting new people, the byproducts of health and fitness are sure to come! Continue reading “Healthy for Life”

Healthy Choices for Kids

Healthy Choices for Kids
By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

It’s hard to get our kids to make good decisions when it comes to health. The best lesson I’ve learned over the years, as a parent, is that we need to lead by example. Good or bad, our kids develop many of their behaviors from what we say or do. My wife and I have always lead active lives, be it team sports, school or social activities, outdoor recreation, and so on. We believe these habits instill in our kids the benefits of being physically and socially active. Continue reading “Healthy Choices for Kids”

Beat the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer Heat
Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager

As long-time residents of the Pacific Northwest, we can’t wait for our warm, sunny days. You can also say that we suffer through all the different types of weather that fall, winter, and spring can throw at us just so we can enjoy three months of beautiful weather. And if memory serves, a Northwest icon used to sing, “The bluest skies you’ve seen are in Seattle.” Sometimes our summertime weather can get extremely hot. We don’t experience it often, so we don’t always know what to do to stay safe. I’d like to share a few tips for staying cool when summer temperatures rise to dangerous levels. Continue reading “Beat the Summer Heat”