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Pulling weeds at park helps Vancouver woman lose 100 pounds during pandemic

The Columbian - Karen BeanEven the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop Karen Bean from reaching her goal.

The 65-year-old Vancouver resident was on a mission to lose 100 pounds when the pandemic arrived in Clark County in March.

She was relying on a gym membership at Firstenburg Community Center to help her lose the weight. When coronavirus struck, gyms across the state closed as part of Washington’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

To make matters tougher, Bean’s two granddaughters moved to Oklahoma. As Bean says, she was “made” to be a grandmother. She liked to stay active with her granddaughters, riding bikes and getting manicures and pedicures together.

“I was pretty much depressed about everything,” Bean said. “I am a retiree with all the time in the world, and I did not want to spend it watching TV.”

In search of activities, Bean started walking around Hearthwood Park in Vancouver. She noticed the park could use some weeding.

“It kind of ballooned and gave me something to do,” said Bean, who is retired from a career as a pharmacy technician.

Read more on The Columbian

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