SHAPE is a grant-funded program designed to promote and foster health and wellness among Bethel School District employees. SHAPE seeks to address the primary health needs of physical activity, nutrition education and stress management through fun, rewarding and free activities open to all district staff.

SHAPE Update: Moving In The New Year

Yoga Expands

Due to popular demand a new SHAPE Yoga Class has begun. Join the fun on Tuesdays at Clear Lake, from 4:30-5:30.

Classes are FREE for all Bethel staff.

See for yourself why Yoga is noted for helping with relaxation, stress-relief, circulation and flexibility. It’s also known to improve core strength and breath control.


100 Mile Club

This one is easier than it sounds. Complete 100 “miles” of activity and earn a $10 gift card.  Earn up to three gift cards while the challenge is taking place.

1 mile or 15 minutes of heart rate increasing activity = 1 mile. Want some fun company? Join the SHAPE Walk-Run group every Thursday at Prairie Mountain.

Record your miles and turn them in to Nicole Zwink to receive gift card

CLICK HERE for a 100 Mile Club activity sheet.


Healthy Cooking Class Returns

SHAPE’s popular Healthy Cooking classes are resuming with a winter special: Identifying and preparing Winter Squash.  You will also be making Pumpkin Risotto and Baked Stuffed Squash.

UPDATE: The first class in the Meadow View kitchen on January 13th is now full. Email Jennie Kolpak to get your name on the list for a possible second session of this fun class.

It’s cold outside—but keep on moving!!

I find winter to be the most difficult time to motivate myself to exercise.  That is all the more reason to get out there and get moving.  If you can create an exercise habit in the winter when it is cold and dark–it will be easy to keep going through the spring and into the summer!!


Here are some Holiday fun runs to get you moving!!

EWEB’s Run to Stay Warm: November 23rd at the EWEB Plaza  8:30 am–kids 400; 9 am–half marathon; 9:15–10K and 5K

Turkey Trot:  November 24th at Valley River Center 9am–4 mile; 9:10am–2 mile walk;  10am–Gobbler Gallop for kids

Turkey Stuffer:  Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27th) at SPLASH  8:30 am 5K

Jingle Bells Run:  December 6th at Maurie Jacobs Park   Races start at noon and include a 12K, 8K, 5K and 400 meter fun run

Civil War Relay:  December 7th–First wave starts at Alton Baker Park;  Relay for teams of up to five runners running from Eugene to Albany

Frozen Trail Runfest:  December 13th at Howard Buford Recreation Area;  Staggered starts begin at 10am;  distances include 50 miles, 15 miles, 9 miles and 5K

Eugene Holiday Half and Hustle:  December 20th at the Lane Events Center fairgrounds.  10am–half marathon; 10:15–10K and 5K

First Run:  Two events–a 10K and 5K on New Year’s Eve (11:59) starting and ending at the Valley River Inn; a 10K and 5K on New Year’s Day (10am) starting and ending at McGrath’s Fish House


Clear Lake Pedometer Challenge!!

Clear Lake finished up their pedometer challenge with some huge numbers!!

The ending numbers for the top three teams for their two week challenge:

First place:  The Pink Ladies–Kim H., Tina K. and Vicki S. with 738,004 steps!!

Second place:  The Three Amigos–JeriAnn, Rod and Randy with 613,686 steps!

Third place:  Mandy, Bobbi and Echo with 564,713 steps!

Now you have some numbers to shoot for when you begin your school’s pedometer challenge!


Check out the Recipes blog for recipes from the Soup’s On cooking night!










SHAPE Update: One Step At A Time

Bethel Walks The Walk

Is your school or department on the list below? Teams of three or four individuals have been competing against other small-group Bethel teams to see who can rack up the most steps with a pedometer. Each time an individual reaches 10,000 steps in a day they can enter their name in a weekly drawing for gift cards.

SHAPE has purchased new, reliable pedometers, and they are free for your use.

Get a team together in your building and throw down the Pedometer Challenge to another school or another group down the hall. Here is the schedule so far, but more teams could be added to any of these dates:

Oct. 27 – November 10: Clear Lake
December 1 – 19:  Danebo
January 5 – 16:  Shasta
January 26 – February 6:  Malabon
February 16 – 27:  Open
March 9 – 20:  Open
March 30 – April 10:  Fairfield
April 20 – May 1:  Fairfield vs. Clear Lake
May 11 – 22:  Irving

SHAPE has enough pedometers to accommodate two schools at a time.  Even if you don’t want to challenge another school—you could share their dates.

Talk to your SHAPE champion about signing up your school!!


SHAPE Basketball Tuesdays

Gym time has now been finalized; SHAPE basketball will take place the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Join the hoopsters at Meadow View from 4:15-5:30 for friendly and competitive games. The next SHAPE Basketball is scheduled for November 17th. Contact Pat M for more information.


Bethel Employee Fun Fitness Nights

An evening of volleyball, badminton, or other activities is a great team-building opportunity. Talk to your SHAPE champion about scheduling a night of active fun. Choose the evening, select the activity, and your champion will work with SHAPE Coordinator Nicole Zwink to set it up.  The evening can include employees from your school or department and anyone you would like to invite from other schools. Get a fun fitness night scheduled today!


Considering A SHAPE Class? Take A Friend

Check the SHAPE schedule of free, grant-funded activities for Bethel staff. Give one a try and consider taking a co-worker.

What would motivate you to participate in the SHAPE wellness activities? Send your feedback to SHAPE Coordinator, Nicole Zwink.

SHAPE Update: Taking On The Challenge

Step Up To The Pedometer Challenge

Clear Lake staff is the first to take the SHAPE Pedometer Challenge. They start Monday and intend to set the bar pretty high for every other building. Shasta has accepted the Challenge for December.

Any other buildings or departments willing to walk the talk? Contact Nicole Zwink to accept the Challenge.

And…Coming soon: The 100 mile challenge!


Healthy Cooking Class – Soup From Scratch

Bethel's Rosa Mariotti will help teach how to whip up delicious soups in next week's Healthy Cooking class.

Bethel’s Rosa Mariotti will be among the instructors teaching how to whip up delicious soups in next week’s free Healthy Cooking class.

Act now. There are still a few spots available for the SHAPE Healthy Cooking class next Tuesday. You’ll learn how to prepare how to make Tuscan White Bean Soup, Thai Chicken Soup, Mushroom Farro, Miso Soup, Fish Chowder, and our Bethel Nutrition Services favorite Harvest Soup.

This free class is at 5:00 p.m. in the Meadow View Caforium, next Tuesday, October 28th.  To sign up email Jennie Kolpak. Those who have signed up should have received a confirmation email from Jennie.


Healthy Life Civil War Challenge

Pledge to Go Healthy in the PacificSource Healthy Life Civil War Challenge. From now through November 26, we’re encouraging Duck and Beaver Fans to step up and pledge to a Healthier Life. Simply pledge each week to one of the following steps to improve your health:

Get Moving
Eat Healthy
Kick the Habit

For every pledge to Go Healthy this Civil War, PacificSource Healthy Life will donate $1 to one of four charities, including Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (LCHAY) in Eugene.

Plus, you could win great prizes, including two tickets to this year’s Civil War game. Join the Healthy Life Civil War Challenge today!

SHAPE Update: Cooking, Walking, Hoops and More

SHAPE Free Cooking Classes Return

Mark you calendar now for Tuesday, October 28th. SHAPE will be simmering up some great ideas for hearty winter soups.

Come to Meadow View to learn how to make Fish Chowder,  Thai Chicken Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Mushroom Farro, Miso Soup and our Bethel Nutrition Services favorite Harvest Soup.

Class starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Meadow View Caforium, October 28th.  To sign up email Jennie Kolpak.


Women’s Self-Defense Workshops

defenseJoin in the free classes of fun and empowering instruction. Women ages 13 and older will learn how to prevent self-defense situations before they start, and how to create space to escape. The moves taught will be easy to learn and highly effective.

Teaching these self-defense workshops are Ryan and Jenna Kelly, women’s self-defense instructors for Northwest Martial Arts and the University of Oregon. They have taught workshops for many organizations across the country. All women are invited and there is no cost, so family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, October 18, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Eugene Faith Center Gym, 1410 West 13th Ave.

Saturday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., NW Martial Arts Academy, 755 Charnelton St.


One Step At A Time

Join SHAPE’s Walk/Run group on Thursdays from 4:15-5:00. The group is led by Prairie Mountain teacher Alison Dodd and meets at Prairie Mountain weekly. All levels of fitness are taking part. Email Alison with your questions.


SHAPE Basketball Is Back

SHAPEBasketballBasketball season is fast approaching and it’s time to hoop it up with your Bethel co-workers. Join the coed games for a complete workout and take home incentives like coffee and subway gift cards.

Drop-in SHAPE Basketball is at Meadow View on the first and third Mondays of the month, between 4:15-5:30. Contact Pat McGillivray with any questions.


Staff Pedometer Challenge

SHAPE has purchased a number of pedometers for a district-wide challenge. SHAPE Coordinator Nicole Zwink will be working with the SHAPE champion at your school or site. Watch for a date to begin your site’s pedometer challenge.


Weight Watchers Update

Each Tuesday Weight Watchers will be meeting in the Willamette High School Getaway room. Weigh in starts at 4:00. If you are planning on joining remember that Classified employees with OEBB insurance need to call the Weight Watchers office for a voucher. You we welcome to the meeting next Tuesday even if you don’t have your voucher yet. Open Enrollment is for the first 3 meetings, which means that you have until October 21st to come to the meeting and get signed up.

SHAPE Update: Checking In

Bethel Weight Watchers Begins

SHAPE exercise classes are already underway (check the schedule here), and the first meeting of the new session of Weight Watchers for Bethel staff also begins Tuesday, October 7.

Classified staff and Bethel employees with OEBB insurance should call the Weight Watchers office for a voucher to cover the cost. Even those without a voucher are encouraged to attend, as the first three meetings are Open Enrollment, allowing until October 21 to get signed up.

Meetings take place in the Willamette High School Getaway Room, with weigh-ins starting at 4:00.


Soup’s On

Back by popular demand and coming soon…the first SHAPE Healthy Cooking class of the school year. Learn how to make a healthy, hearty and tasty soup.

Watch the SHAPE blog for more details on this free after-work class.


Workout Videos

SHAPE is interested in purchasing workout videos for staff to use. Let us know which videos are your favorite. SHAPE would like to provide the videos at each school, making them available to all Bethel staff.

Send your recommendations to Nicole Zwink, our SHAPE Coordinator.

More SHAPE classes starting this week!

Tai Chi/Qigong Class–Starts tonight at 5:15 at Prairie Mountain!

Tai Chi/Qigong is a form of moving meditation which is great for people of all fitness levels.

Yoga Class–Starts Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 at Fairfield!


Class Locations:

*Danebo Circuit class—in the gym

*Shasta Circuit class—in the weight room—Go in the big doors going to the gym and cafeteria, door to the weight room is on your right before you enter the gym

*Prairie Mountain Tai Chi/Qigong class—enter at the back of the building—take the first right barely past the school, off of Royal, “Patriot Way”, keep driving until you can’t drive anymore—turn right and park in the last lot

*Fairfield Yoga class—go in the front doors, class will be in the cafeteria

*Meadow View Latin Fusion—Go in the front doors, Take the hallway on your left all the way down, turn right, Gym is second door on your right  (starting next week!)


Weight Watchers!!

Ladies and Gentleman,

Did you know that your health insurance benefits include the option to attend Weight Watchers? It’s FREE for OEBB Members and their spouses!!! How can you pass up an offer like that? The meetings are a fun, convenient get-together to stay on track for a healthy life style! Weight Watchers isn’t just about losing weight but also learning good eating habits. (And who doesn’t need help with that!) J I know I have learned a lot about better eating habits and how important it is to take the time to take care of myself, whether it’s fitting a walk into my busy schedule or spending an hour at a Weight Watchers meeting with a group of people that care about helping each other succeed!!

So, if you are interested in joining, here’s how it works:

For Classified staff with OEBB insurance:

After October 1st, each of us on-our-own needs to call the WW office (541-342-5386, when the recorded prompts begins, hit 0 to get a real person).  We give them our insurance card #, name and address.  The office has 5-7 days to send out a meeting voucher (but of course they will try to get it out to us sooner).  Then we take the voucher to our first WW meeting.  That’s it!

For Certified staff (and Classified staff without OEBB insurance) :

Come to the first WW meeting and bring your checkbook. It is $155.35 for each 13 week session. (SHAPE reimburses $100 of that per calendar year.)

The first session starts Tuesday, October 7th. Weigh-in is from 4:00-4:15 and the meeting is from 4:15-4:45. The first three sessions (Oct 7, Oct 14 & Oct 21) are open for new members to sign up, so come and join us and see how much fun we have while encouraging each other toward our weight loss goals!

If you park in WHS’s North parking lot, cross through the outside courtyard, we are meeting in “The Getaway”. In the window there will be a white sign with WW on it.

We have a new leader this year, so come in and meet Lisa!

SHAPE 2014-2015!!

Circuit Classes starting next week!!

Julia Buck will be back to help get you moving!  The first class will be at Danebo on Monday from 4:15-5:15.  This is a lower impact circuit class and is soooo much fun!  On Wednesday, join Julia again for a higher impact circuit class in the Shasta weight room from 4:15-5:15!

We are starting the year with these two circuit classes–but soon will be adding another one on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15.

Yoga, Tai Chi and Latin Fusion will be starting soon!


Stay Tuned!

Things to look for this year:

School Pedometer challenges

Healthy Cooking Classes

Health Screening

Evening activities at individual schools

Lots of opportunities to make you healthier!!!


Comments, suggestions??  contact Nicole Zwink; SHAPE coordinator


SHAPE Update: And the survey says…

Survey Results

Thanks to the more than 200 Bethel staff who completed the recent SHAPE survey. (Congratulations to Meadow View’s Shelly Stager, winner of the $50 VISA gift card.)

The survey showed that the Yoga and Circuit classes were the most attended SHAPE classes, and 55% say their health improved from participating in SHAPE activities.

And 75% of those who did not take part in a SHAPE class said the class start time was the main factor.


Get Your Summer Running

beBETHEL-Fit-logoFree entries are available for Bethel staff members and their families to take part in this Saturday’s first Bethel Fit 5K fun run and FREE Youth Mile Challenge. Register here online and be sure to use the Bethel code – BETHELFIT14 – for free entry.

Click here for all the event information.

This easy, fun, Saturday run starts and ends at Willamette and is brought to you by the Bethel Education Foundation.


Summer Circuit Class?
If you are interested in a staff-only summer Circuit exercise class, please contact SHAPE Coordinator Nicole Zwink by noon Monday.
Here are the particulars:

  • What: Circuit Class* lead by Julia Buck
  • Where: Shasta Middle School Gym/weight room
  • When: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7-8
  • Cost: 5-9 individuals in class=$150/summer; 10 or more in class=$100/summer
  • First Class: Monday, June 16th
  • Last Class: Wednesday, August 27th

*Circuit class includes a series of different cardio and strengthening exercises all of which can be adjusted by Julia to fit your fitness level.


SHAPE Returns?

SHAPE is district-run but grant-funded employee wellness program. It will be known by the end of the month if the grant will be renewed for the 2014-15 school year.
It’s believed our chances are good! Watch for a summertime SHAPE Update with the news.

SHAPE Update: Running To Summer

beBETHEL-Fit-logoGetting Your Summer Running

Free entries are available for Bethel staff members to take part in the first Bethel Fit 5K fun run,

Register here and be sure to use the Bethel code – BETHELFIT14 – for free entry.

The easy fun run on Saturday, June 14th starts and ends at Willamette High School and is brought to you by the Bethel Education Foundation.

Lochmead, Bi-Mart, CBT Nuggets, Emerald Valley Dental, PacificSource, McKenzie Mist, Dr. Benjamin Thornton, and one generous supporter who’s chipped in $500 have stepped forward to sponsor the event.

In addition, Cosmos Creations is showing community stewardship at its best by providing their delicious product to all race participants.


Still Time To Win $50 Gift Card

Completing the 60 second SHAPE survey will enter you into a staff drawing for a $50 VISA gift card.

Complete the SHAPE survey here.

The survey will be open until 6:00 p.m. Monday.


SHAPE Fitness Classes Continue

More good news: the SHAPE fitness classes will continue through the end of the school year with the exception of the Wednesday Yoga class at Prairie Mountain.

Check the complete schedule here.

And plans are being made for a summer Circuit class for Bethel staff at an affordable price. Watch next week’s SHAPE Update for the details.


Lindsay Alsup, right, managed to outlast Mary Bork in the SHAPE Plank Challenge.

Lindsay Alsup, right, managed to outlast Mary Bork in the SHAPE Plank Challenge.

Plank Challenge

SHAPE’s Plank Challenge came down to two – District Nurse Mary Bork and Clear Lake’s Lindsay Alsup.

Both are clearly in good shape and each also has a bit of a competitive streak.

Lindsay lasted the longest and won the Plank Challenge and the lasting admiration of onlookers also on hand for the Dodgeball competition.