Physical activity need not be vigorous to improve health, according to the latest Surgeon General's Report. Physical activity at a moderate level improves your mood and sense of well-being. It gives you more energy and helps control weight. It improves balance and bone and muscle strength, preventing falls and fractures. It helps you live longer independently.

There are lots of ways to be physically active in Skagit County. The list below is packed with information to help you find out what is available in your area. To update or add a listing call Liz McNett Crowl at 360-428-2331 or e-mail lcrowl@skagitvalleyhospital.org.

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Karate/Martial Arts
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Karate/Martial Arts
Organization: Also see Mt. Baker Crossfit under Fitness Facilities and Program Category
Organization: Anacortes Modern Arnis
Contact: Joel Priest
Address: 8th and 0 Ave, Anacortes
Phone: 360-202-8074
Activities: Modern Arnis is a Filipino martial art that specializes in impromptu weapons, unarmed combat, grappling, self-defense, and the psychology of conflict and it's avoidance. Arnis/escrima/kali are arts designed to be easy to learn and functional. Adults and children 11 and up.
Website: http://www.facebook.com/AnacortesModernArnis
Email: joel@fidalgo.net
Organization: Channel Town Soo Bahk Do
Contact: Curtis McCauley
Address: Caledonia Street, Laconner
Phone: 360-466-2221
Activities: Teaches the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan to people ages seven into their eighties. Channel Town Soo Bahk Do also boasts a large number of women practitioners and instructors as well
Website: http://www.channeltownkarate.com/
Email: curt@channeltownkarate.com
Organization: Diaz Karate
Contact: Rick Diaz
Address: 350 Burlington Boulevard, Burlington 98233
Phone: 360-755-1432
Activities: Traditional kicking art for children and adults.
Organization: Kalahi Martial Arts Academy
Contact: Lou Faralan
Address: 830 North 16th, Mount Vernon
Phone: (360) 720-4313
Facility Sites: Citipoint Church, 830 North 16th, Mount Vernon
Activities: Family Fitness and Martial Arts Learning Center. Children and Adult Programs in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hawaiian Kempo, Filipino Kali Silat, and Jeet Kune Do Concepts.
Website: www.kalahiacademy.com
Email: kalahi@usa.com
Organization: Mount Vernon Performance MMA
Contact: Dann Watts
Address: 2464 East Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon
Phone: 360-941-0660
Activities: Club offers classes in boxing, mixeed martial arts (MMA), Muay thai and submission wrestling.
Website: http://mvperformancemma.com
Email: wrestlingdad@msn.com
Organization: Skagit Kenpo Karate
Contact: Connie Robertson or Sifu Rob
Address: 19640 Evergreen Lane, Sedro-Woolley 98284
Phone: 360-724-3628
Activities: Kenpo Karate (Ed Parker Style) for all ages, modified for injury classes
Organization: Skagit Valley Aikido Club
Contact: Chuck Frechette or John Quinn
Address: 1508 N 18th St, Mount Vernon
Phone: 360-661-6127
Activities: Combines traditional martial arts with modern ethics. Classes for children and teens (8-16) and adults (16+)
Organization: Tim Salerno School of Karate-Do
Contact: Tim Salerno
Address: 1420 Roosevelt Ave. Suite #5, Mount Vernon 98273
Phone: 360-428-0111
Activities: Traditional karate, women’s self defense, listening skills for 3-5 year olds.
Website: http://www.timsalernokarate.com/