Here’s to health
It’s not just a 1,000-mile journey that starts with a single step, as the ancient Chinese proverb has it. The road to fitness in Douglas County also begins with one kick.
Actually, it began Wednesday night with the Kick Start Zumba on the Half Shell gathering. Nearly 100 county residents collected at Roseburg’s Stewart Park to help inaugurate a new summer fitness program organized by groups including the YMCA, Roseburg Parks and Recreation and Architrave. The loose-knit coalition has come up with 300-plus fun and easy ways to make the move to better health, all of them linked to free or low-cost workouts in various locations.
Annual studies released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute consistently show Douglas County as ranking near the bottom of the pile in Oregon counties in matters of health and longevity. Health officials and professionals in the county have often spoken of the need for more exercise as a way of chiseling away at a 33 percent obesity rate. Now they are doing more than talking the talk. They’re arranging ways to walk the walk — and hike the trail, swim the pool, assume the yoga downward dog and boogie on through Pilates, tai chi, fitness boot camp and other good-for-you activities.
To find one that fits your liking and schedule, go to umpquahealthalliance.org. And prepare to feel better.
Drivers need licenses
It’s not easy to do, but before you let someone get behind the wheel of your vehicle, ask to see a driver’s license.
Otherwise you might be facing the same fate as an Amity woman. She was cited on suspicion of permitting unlawful operation of a motor vehicle because the guy she let drive didn’t have a license.
She’s actually lucky to be alive because the 19-year-old driver fell asleep at the wheel and their van sideswiped a log truck on Highway 42 west of Winston on Monday morning.
If the truck had drifted farther into the lane, there might have been a head-on crash resulting in severe injuries or death.
As it was, the four people in the van were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where they were treated and released.
When you’re on the road, be sure to have a driver’s license and proof of insurance in your vehicle. And don’t drive when you’re sleepy, if you want to live to drive another day.
Bring home the brass
Before all high school senior athletes’ thoughts turn to graduation, there’s one final test for three Glide High School seniors. They hope to lead the Glide Wildcats to their third state championship in baseball.
The first pitch will be thrown at 5 tonight at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer when the fourth-seeded Wildcats (24-3) take on No. 2 Cascade Christian (23-5) in the Class 3A final. The teams split a pair of games in nonleague action earlier this season.
Taking their final turns at bat for Glide will be Cory Finlay, Tanner Shaddy and Joe Hanson. We wish them and the rest of the Glide team the best of luck and plenty of trips around the bases.
We’d like to see the state championship baseball trophy share a shelf with the first-place trophy earned by the Glide High wrestling team earlier this year.