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YMCA gives 5 top reasons to exercise in the new year

With the New Year upon us, it's one of the best times to begin a lifestyle change. If you're having trouble getting motivated, the YMCA offers a few things to get your mind, and hopefully your body, jogging. The result will be more clarity, vigor, inspiration, happiness and creativity to help you improve your business and personal productivity.

1. Boost your Mood
Exercise is a natural mood elevator and stress reducer. Regular exercise can help you sleep better and increase your energy level.

2. Boost your Brain
Regular exercise stimulates formation of new brain cells and strengthens connections between existing cells. This can lead to enhanced memory and may delay cognitive impairment and dementia.

3. Stay Well
Regular exercise builds resistance to illnesses like flu and the common cold by strengthening your immune system and keeping you healthy year-round.

4. Live Longer
Exercise is your first line of defense against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of colon and breast cancer. You can greatly reduce the risk of acquiring these diseases with exercise.

5. Have Fun
Classes like Hooping, Zumba, Krav Maga, PiYo or an adventurous winter activity like snow shoeing, skiing or ice skating can open up new, challenging interests!

There are three YMCA's in the Spokane area: 930 North Monroe, 2421 North Discovery Place in Spokane Valley, and 10727 North Newport Highway. For more information call 509-777-9622. The website is ymcaspokane.org. Just DO IT!

Open House at Center Point this Thursday

You're invited to see why CenterPlace Regional Event Center is one of Spokane Valley's most popular locations to meet, greet and celebrate. All are welcome to attend a free Open House on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 2426 N. Discovery Place.

You can take a tour of the facility, from its small meeting rooms and 100-seat auditorium to the Great Room that can seat up to 500 guests. Sample delicious options from their caterers, and meet the CenterPlace staff and vendors who are ready to help you schedule and plan your memorable event.

For more information, contact Brittani Deboise of the Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation Department at 509-720-5405 or bdeboise@spokanevalley.org.

Fortune Magazine Ranks Winston & Cashatt among the Top Law Firms in the West Region

Winston & Cashatt is listed among the '2012 Top Ranked Law Firms' in the West Region in the Fortune Investor's Guide 2012, a special issue published by Fortune Magazine.

Fortune Magazine selected the top law firms in the U.S. based upon the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating system maintained by Martindale-Hubbell, an authoritative source for information about U.S. Lawyers. The Fortune Investor's Guide 2012 listed law firms of 21 or more attorneys with at least one-third of its lawyers receiving an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. The rating indicates peer recognition that the lawyer has demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards and legal ability, according to Martindale-Hubbell.

Winston & Cashatt is a multidisciplinary, regional law firm that has been serving clients for more than 60 years. An experienced litigation firm, it represents a roster of local and national clients through its offices in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery celebrates 25 years in the community!

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, a local non-profit organization dedicated to shaping the future of Spokane by keeping kids safe and strengthening families, celebrates their 25th anniversary today.

The Nursery evolved from the tragic story of Vanessa Kay Behan, a Spokane girl who died from child abuse injuries at the age of two. The news of her death outraged the greater Spokane community, including nursery founder Bill Bialkowsky and a small group of business people who resolved to provide intervention for children who were at risk of abuse or neglect. After five years of research and fundraising, the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery opened on January 9, 1987. Since that time, more than 67,600 children have found refuge at the Crisis Nursery. While the beginnings came from a heartbreaking loss, they are grateful that the Nursery has been here for countless other children just like Vanessa.

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a community-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to shaping the future of Spokane by keeping kids safe and strengthening families. Every year it keeps nearly 4,000 children safe, loved and nurtured. In addition, it strongly believes that strengthening families through parent education and support programs enhances the outcomes for the children seen. Parents and caregivers should never have to feel alone in parenting or feel ashamed of asking for help. For more information call 509-535-3155 or visit www.vanessabehan.org.

Valley Chamber Gala set for January 28

On January 28th, Spokane Valley Chamber members and other community members will gather to honor the Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year, Chuck Stocker, at the Gala for his contributions to both the community and the City of Spokane Valley.

In addition, Awards of Excellence will be given to a small, medium and large business as well as a non-profit organization that demonstrate exceptional leadership, initiative, and success in their day-to-day business operations. Recognition also will be given to an individual who has provided outstanding support in 2011 to the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At 6pm sharp, the Gala will get underway with a social hour and silent auction. A first-class dinner will be served by the staff of the Mirabeau Park Hotel, again the setting for the 'Gem of the Valley Gala'. Dinner will be followed by the Awards of Excellence, and dancing will round out this special evening.

The Gala is a unique opportunity to both market your company and have a wonderful evening for yourself and seven others for only $600 with a table sponsorship. Table sponsorship includes special recognition and reserved seating. A gourmet dinner, honoring your peers, and dancing - what a fantastic way to start 2012 and celebrate the best of the past year. Individual tickets are also available for $50 per person. Online reservations are preferred, and tickets are also available at the Chamber office, located at 9507 E. Sprague Ave. in the Valley, or by calling the Chamber office at 509-924-4994. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The Mirabeau Park Hotel is offering a Special Gala package that includes a premium or executive room with breakfast for two the next morning in the MAX for only $59 plus taxes. Call and ask for the 'Chamber Gala' rate.

Another option to get your name in front of members and guests is to donate a silent auction item, whether you are able to attend the Gala or not. Contact Marcy Thomas, the Gala silent auction chair, at 509-714-7718 to donate or find out more about this opportunity.

Inland Imaging to Offer Free Screening Mammograms on January 20

Inland Imaging, the region's only network of comprehensive breast imaging centers, will offer free screening mammograms to women on Friday, January 20 from 7:00am to 6:00pm.

As a part of Inland Imaging's EVERY WOMAN CAN campaign, Inland Imaging is working to help fight one of the reported barriers to getting a mammogram: lack of insurance or limited funds. The free screening mammogram day is for any woman over the age 40 who is uninsured, underinsured, or has a high deductible. A screening mammogram is done for women who have no known breast health issues.

Any woman over 40 who is interested in getting a screening mammogram must have a referring physician to send the results of the exam. To sign up for the free screening, women should stop by any Inland Imaging mammography center prior to January 20 to obtain a coupon and schedule a time for a free screening mammogram. The participating Inland Imaging center locations are:

Sacred Heart Doctors Building, 105 W. Eighth
Providence Holy Family Hospital, 5715 N. Lidgerwood
Spokane Valley, 12420 E. Mission
Deer Park, 702 S. Park Ave.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. The Every Woman Can campaign is designed to empower and encourage women over 40 to have an annual screening mammogram.

To find more about EVERY WOMAN CAN visit www.everywomancan.org or call 509-455-4455.

Toastmasters offers free workshops to help you sharpen your skills

The week of January 23rd Spokane, Coeur d'Alene & Post Falls Toastmaster Clubs will be hosting a series of workshops to present and showcase skills in coaching, team-building, delegating, resolving conflict, motivating employees and goal setting.

Experienced members of the club will present and teach these valuable skills to the community, skills necessary to be successful and to thrive in today's business and education environments. They would like to invite you to join them at any of the member clubs. You can attend one or all of the workshops. Details are posted the district website d9.toastmastersdistricts.org or contact Nancy Shatto at 509-353-3934 or nshatto@watrust.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"To lose patience is to lose the battle."

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