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.

Aquatics
Baseball
Basketball
Bicycling
Bowling
Cheerleading
Clubs
Community Facilities
Dance
Educational Organizations
Fencing
Fitness Facilities and Programs
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Hospital Programs
Inclusion/Special Needs
Karate/Martial Arts
Lacrosse
Parks And Recreation
Pilates
Rugby
Senior Centers
Skating
Soccer
Softball
Sport Facilities
Tai Chi
Tennis
Volleyball
Walking And Running
Water Sports
Yoga

Dance
Organization: Academy of Dance
Address: 404 East Fairhaven Avenue, Burlington
Phone: 360-708-5902
Organization: Clan Heather Dancers
Contact: Heather Richendrfer
Phone: 360) 715-8682, toll-free: (877) HOP TO IT (467-8648)
Activities: Scottish Highland, Irish step dancing, tap and choreography. Three studios: Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Everett. Classes for all ages.Year-round competitive and performance opportunities.

Website: www.clanheather.com
Email: clanheather@nas.com
Organization: Cultas Mountain Dance
Contact: Sylvia Trask
Address: P.O. Box 386, Clear Lake 98235
Phone: 360-856-4050
Activities: Creative dance for preschoolers, ballet dance instruction for ages 5 – adult. Yoga exercise classes for adults.
Organization: Dances We Dance
Contact: Carol Olson
Address: 134 E. Victoria, Burlington, WA 98233
Phone: 360-757-6821
Activities: Scandinavian Dance Classes. Suggested donation $2 for each class to help pay for facility.
Email: tayolson@earthlink.net
Organization: Fidalgo DanceWorks
Contact: Glynna Goff-Eloe
Address: 901 3rd Street, Anacortes
Phone: 360-299-8447
Activities: Beginning to advanced levels for all ages in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and hip hop, as well as dance conditioning, dance for Parkinson’s Disease, preschool combo classes, and parent/toddler movement workshops.
Website: http://www.fidalgodanceworks.org
Email: dance@fidalgodanceworks.org
Organization: Fidalgo Fog Cutters Square Dance Club
Contact: Gregg and Sue Walker
Phone: 360-757-4206 (Ted & Judy) or 360-424-1020 (Ken)
Facility Sites: Skagit Valley Grange
Activities: Advanced level square dancing held
Email: gregg1sue@live.com
Organization: Jolly Time Dance Club
Contact: Doris Griffith
Address: 8179 Victory Lane, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone: 360-588-8239
Facility Sites: Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 S. 13th, Mount Vernon
Activities: Twice weekly dance (fox trot, waltz) sessions to live music at Hillcrest Park Lodge. Cover Charge
Organization: Mt. Baker Singles Square Dancing Club
Contact: John & Rosie Hayes
Address: 2916 Shawnee Place, Mount Vernon 98273
Phone: 360-424-4608
Activities: Instructional lessons, mainstream, limited plus tips
Website: http://mtbakersingles.webnode.com/
Email: rosie@valleyint.com
Organization: Scandinavian Dance
Contact: Nels Enderberg
Address: 1805 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon
Phone: 360-428-0143
Activities: Scandinavian Dances every 4th Friday, 7pm, except summer and December, for experienced dancers. Cost is $6 per person during live music, otherwise $3. Vasa members attend for free.
Email: nwenderberg@frontier.com
Organization: SHAPE (Sharla Hofmann All Positive Energy Dance Studio)
Contact: Sharla Hofmann
Address: 208 Fashion Way, Burlington (Outlet Mall)
Phone: 360-899-3487
Activities: Offers multiple dance classes including:
Hula Aerobics
Zumba
Ta'i Chi
Pilates
Yoga
Website: www.shapedancing.com
Organization: Skagit Scottish Country Dancers
Contact: Diane Danielson
Phone: 360-296-6252
Facility Sites: The Anacortes Center for Happiness in the Keystone Building ballroom, 7th & Commercial Sts. Anacortes, WA 98221
Activities: Scottish country dancing in Anacortes; all-levels combined classes available
Email: skagitscd@yahoo.com
Organization: Skagit Squares
Contact: Bev Ruuth
Address: 14641 SR 9, Mount Vernon 98273
Phone: 360-424-9675
Activities: Square dance lessons for all ages
Email: bevruuth5@msn.com
Organization: Skagit Toe Tappers
Contact: Bev Ruuth
Address: 14641 SR 9, Mount Vernon 98273
Phone: 360-424-9675
Activities: Clogging all ages
Email: bevruuth5@msn.com
Organization: Skagit Valley Academy of Dance
Contact: Kelly Sellers and Shelly Whan
Address: 1522 Jay Way, Mount Vernon 98273
Phone: 360-424-6677
Activities: Tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical. Beginners-advanced 2 1/2-adult
Website: http://www.skagitvalleyacademyofdance.com
Email: svad@verizon.net
Organization: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers
Contact: Joel Johnson or Sarah Huntington
Address: 5171 Roney Road, Bow 98232
Phone: 360-766-2301 (Sarah) or 360-391-0601 (Joel)
Activities: International folk dancing; weekly instruction and recreational dance sessions. Starting September every Tuesday 7 pm -8 pm and dance 8pm-9:30 pm.
Email: safdancers@hotmail.com