Barb Paschal.

Barb Paschal.

Lecture: Singing, dancing good for brains, bodies

SEQUIM — Brain-body connections will be highlighted at the next WOW! Working on Wellness Radio Forum at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The forum will be on KSQM 91.5 FM.

Barb Paschal, a retired rehabilitation physical therapist, presents “Healthier Brains and Bodies.”

Paschal will talk about the effect on our brains and bodies of singing out loud; it’s even more than just listening to music in the background during the day’s activities.

A gentle dancing exercise in one’s home can increase serotonin and endorphins and decrease cortisol, in turn decreasing hypertension, anxiety, depression, loneliness and physical pain, she said.

Paschal is “truly invested in helping people hear, see, and participate with meaningful information about the quick, safe, and effective self-help we can all apply,” program organizers said.

WOW! Working on Wellness is a health education program of Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic — Sequim’s free clinic, which provides basic urgent care and chronic health care services to uninsured community members.

Work is supported by more than 70 volunteers including physicians, other professional health care providers and laypersons, as well as private and public donations from the Sequim community and beyond.

The Basic Urgent Care Clinic is open to patients on Monday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting the clinic may call 360-582-0218.

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