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Providence events

Join Heart to Start beginning Nov. 19

Don’t let the short days and bad weather keep you from starting an exercise plan. All you need is a goal, a plan and a whole lot of support. Join the Providence Heart to Start program and train to run or walk a 5K, 10K or half-marathon in February.

The program is free and kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the track at Duniway Park located at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Sheridan in Southwest Portland.

Heart to Start is focused on making exercise enjoyable, achievable and inclusive.

Participants receive training plans, weekly group workouts, online resources, a team t-shirt plus advice and motivation from James Beckerman, M.D., from the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute.

Do you have the Heart to Start?


Special Olympics Oregon Fall State Games
Nov. 15 and 16 at Providence Park

Come show your support and cheer on the inspiring participants of Special Olympics Oregon as they compete in the 2014 Fall State Games held at Providence Park on Nov. 15 and 16. This year marks the return of Fall State Games after a several-year hiatus. Hundreds of participants with intellectual disabilities will show off their skills in soccer, volleyball and aquatics. You are guaranteed to leave inspired by the true sportsmanship and smiles of our dedicated athletes. As part of our partnership with the Portland Timbers, Providence Health & Services is a proud sponsor of the games; building healthier communities, together.

Visit www.soor.org to learn more about how to support the athletes from across Oregon, including how to volunteer. All events as a spectator and supporter are free of charge.

Providence classes

Fees apply for most classes. Unless otherwise indicated, please visit providence.org/classes or call 503-574-6595 for registration and information.


Pain education
This class is designed to help you understand how pain works in the body and brain. Learn how pain originates and functions. Find out how your actions and thoughts can decrease your pain and help you move toward a pain-free life. Various locations and dates are offered.

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Grief Support: Get Me Through the Holidays
Many people are filled with happy anticipation as the holidays approach. For those who have experienced a significant loss, this is often not the case.

The coping strategies taught in this class can ease the pain that we may feel at these times. In addition to helping with seasonal holidays, the strategies can also be used for personal holidays, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Those who want to offer their support will discover tips for helping someone who is grieving. Various locations and dates are offered.

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Fitness classes
Looking for a class to reduce your stress through the holidays, or help you prevent the holiday weight gain? Providence offers a variety of fitness classes: Yoga (including Prenatal and Mom & Baby), Pilates, Zumba®, Parkinson's program, Tai Chi, Cardio Fusion and more.

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Infant Massage
Spend some relaxing time with your baby in our three week infant massage class series. Learn rhythmic massage strokes designed to relax your baby and yourself. Infant massage is a great tool to communicate your love and nurturing between you and your baby.

Location: Providence Portland Medical Center- Bodyworks Fitness Center classroom
Dates: Tuesdays November 18 - December 2

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Support Groups

Smoking Cessation Support Group
This support group is designed to help those who have recently quit smoking, as well as anyone trying to remain smoke-free. Connect with others to share tips and ideas in this monthly group, which is led by a facilitator. Registration is required.

Fee: Free

Location and dates:
Providence Portland Medical Center 
Wednesdays, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m.