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Spring savings bring March muscles
Fitness and Wellness Conference March 14
Spring into healthy living this month at the Center at Norpoint's annual Fitness and Wellness Conference, presented by   CHI Franciscan   and   Bloodworks NW .
Explore a variety of fitness and cooking classes during this free conference-style community event. This is your chance to check out the dynamic range of group exercise and cooking classes to help you on your way to a healthy life!
Keynote speaker Joe Piscatella opens the conference with Make Your Health Last as Long as Your Life, a seminar about de-stressing in a multi-tasking world.

Additional seminars include Resources for Senior Care Planning with Sheila Goodfellow from Comfort Keepers and Norpoint's Amber Thiel will share the Top Three Ways to Reduce Weight for Good.

Free fitness classes include yoga, S.A.I.L, TRX, PiYo, Barre, cycling and more. Break a sweat, but be sure to refuel at our cooking seminars with Amber Thiel and Kim Thornton.

Clear your schedule and mark your calendars now! Norpoint's annual Fitness & Wellness Conference is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14.
 

Norpoint Fitness & Wellness Conference 2020
is presented by  CHI Francis c an  and  Bloodworks NW
Supported by Smile Generation
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Center Spotlight: Jeff Smith
Meet Jeff Smith, facility custodian at the Center at Norpoint.

Jeff has been at Norpoint since Dec. 2019, and previously worked at STAR Center in Tacoma. Since 2017, he has had the opportunity to work throughout all Metro Parks Tacoma sites. 

“I take pride in my work,” he said. “It has always been a long-term goal of mine to work for Metro Parks.” 

Jeff upkeeps the daily maintenance of the building so members can enjoy a clean and cared-for facility. 

Born and raised in Pierce County, Jeff said he has many fond memories from his childhood spending time at Point Defiance Park, Owen Beach and the Ruston Way waterfront.

Those memories came full circle soon after starting his career with Metro Parks. 

“I vividly remember opening the gates to Point Defiance at sunrise for the very first time, and there was a couple deer off to the side,” he said, smiling. He added that the younger version of himself would’ve thought he had the coolest job in the world. “It was great.” 

Jeff attended grade school in Tacoma and went to White River High School in Buckley.
Later, he owned his own business as a painting contractor and also worked in custodial and maintenance for Pierce County, but had always hoped to be where he is today. 

From working special events at various locations to routine cleaning, Jeff said the best part of his job is the people — both his fellow employees and the public. 

“When you meet and get to talking with people, you realize why you’re doing it — for the people,” he said. 

One of his other favorite jobs is being a family man: Jeff has two kids of his own and four grandsons, aged six months through 10 years old. In autumn, Jeff will switch roles from employee to attendee when he celebrates his daughter’s wedding, held at Titlow Lodge. 

In his free time, he enjoys camping, river fishing and spending time with family in Washington or in Arizona. 
Thank you for your dedication to Metro Parks and for keeping Norpoint in top condition, Jeff! We appreciate your work.
Members of the Month:
Chris Lawson
Jonathan Cavaness
There’s a strong, yet health sense of competition between Jonathan Cavaness and his brother in law Chris Lawson, Norpoint’s Members of the Month for March. 

The two have been members of the center for nearly three years, and can be found putting each other through brutal workouts in the gym most evenings. 

“He pushes me a lot because I won’t ever let him beat me,” Jonathan said. “It’s a healthy push … Iron sharpens iron.” 

Chris crafts his workouts to include weight lifting and some cardio, whereas Jonathan described his style of workout as “anything that hurts.” 

While all gyms have weights, the biggest draw at the facility is the camaraderie among members, Jonathan said, adding that he is often motivated by watching what others can do in the gym at Norpoint. If you work hard in the gym, you’ll work hard in the world outside the gym, he said.
“It’s a great atmosphere because regardless of [anyone’s] story and no matter where they’re at in their fitness journey, they’re here to feel good about their health,” Chris said. Another draw for Chris and his wife Sarah, is the abundance of fun activities for their 2-and-a-half year old daughter. 

The two are both originally from Eastern Washington and now reside in NE Tacoma. Chris works for a lighting and controls agency in the Seattle area while Jonathan, a former U.S. Marine, is a seasonal concrete worker in Alaska and will soon begin training to be an EMT.
If you see Chris and Jonathan around the Center, be sure to offer them congratulations as Norpoint’s Members of the Month for March. 
Take a look at our group fitness schedule
Norpoint employees finish 15K
Congratulations to Norpoint's Michelle Bott (right), morning group fitness instructor, and Olivia Sullivan, newsletter editor, for running the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K race on March 1.

Michelle finished in 1:12:19 and Olivia ran a 1:25:03.


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Reply to this email and tell us all about it!
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Norpoint News & Notes
St. Patrick's Day 5K at Titlow Park
Presented by  CHI Franciscan
Wear green and join us on a 5k around the trails of Titlow Park on March 7. The race is chip-timed and dogs are welcome! Check-in begins at 7:30 am on the baseball field next to Titlow Lodge. The race begins at 9 a.m. Race fees are $20, registration closes March 5. 
This event is supported by  Bloodworks NW  and  Pepsi
Daylight saving time begins Sunday, March 8
Spring your clock forward and get outside to enjoy some more the extra daylight by visiting one of our parks!

Fitness equipment returns encouraged
The Center at Norpoint has numerous fitness equipment items available for you to use during your workout at the facility.
Although, these items need to remain in our care.
If you possibly have any of our resistance bands, TRX bands or other equipment in your possession, please return the item to the front desk upon your next visit.
The Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave NE, Tacoma, WA 98422, (253) 404-3900 CenterAtNorpoint.org