Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Writer, Blogger, PR Hawk

Corvallis, OR

Danielle (Dani) Douglass

I love telling stories, planning events and being involved in work that makes a difference. I've walked many paths in life, including PR pro, teacher, writer and blogger. I'm passionate, energetic and curious. My favorite topics are health and well-being, fitness, food, education, travel, outdoor adventure and ocean sports.


The fitness diaries: Drew Ibarra

As one might assume, the director of physical activity programming for our college, Drew Ibarra, is an active man. In addition to running up to four days each week, he joins in Faculty Staff Fitness weight or corefit classes whenever he can. Since moving to Oregon in 2008, Drew’s discovered a love of trail running and enjoys climbing the Cascade Mountains.
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Still Having Fun Every Step of the Way

When he was 14 years old, Dan Buettner rode his bike with his best friend from Minneapolis to Rochester, Minn., because it gave him a sense of freedom and it was incredibly fun.
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Multi-Tasking Mayor

Mayor Kirk Caldwell faces a constant challenge of scheduling time for exercise. Despite the countless meetings, commitments, and emergencies that come with leading a major city, Caldwell acknowledges that staying fit is just as important as brushing his teeth. With his hectic and unpredictable schedule, he’s mastered the art of fitting in exercise where he can.
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Faces of Well-Being (cover story)

If you walk the halls at HMSA and listen care- fully, you’ll hear the word “well-being” often. What’s even more noticeable is that you’ll see employees actually walking the well-being talk. Well-being isn’t a new concept at HMSA. Our employee well-being program, Mälama Ola, was launched three years ago. Last year, we became the first Blue Zones Project® Demonstration Worksite in the state. This year, we’re working toward Blue Zones WorksiteTM certification. There are over 1,600 HMSA employees state- wide who have many well-being stories. These are just a few tales of how well-being has taken flight at work, home, and in the community.
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It’s going to be a magical Spring

For some people, it’s the happiest place on Earth. For Oregon State’s Cool Shoes dance team, it’s the location of their final performance with the team’s creator and leader Cathy Dark before she retires from the program at the end of the academic year. “I figured that this was my last year with Cool Shoes, so let’s go for the gold,” Cathy says.
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The fitness diaries: Jacqui Wollin

CPHHS student clerical assistant Jacqui Wollin’s fitness routine has changed the way she looks at the world. The OSU anthropology student starts every morning with a yoga routine. She’s been doing yoga for the past six years and still amazes herself as she becomes stronger and more flexible in her practice.
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The fitness diaries: Janet Chase Harper

Janet Chase Harper proves that you can be fit at any age. The 97-year-old CPHHS alumna (’41 home economics) is still mentally sharp and fit as a fiddle. After breaking her femur and having surgery two years ago, the Junction City resident rides a three-wheeled tricycle each day on the farm she lives on independently.
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Hiking to Hanakapiai Falls

That’s how I’d briefly describe my favorite place in Hawaii – Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. I recently took a weekend trip to Kauai to hike to Hanakapiai Falls, marking the seventh time I’ve been to my “happy place.”. I haven’t hiked to the falls since I was 17 years old and was excited to experience it again, this time with my husband and a few friends.
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The fitness diaries: Laurel Kincl

Laurel Kincl loves to run and eat dark chocolate. When she isn’t teaching a course to School of Biological and Population Health Sciences students or working on one of her research projects, the assistant professor is most likely running. She runs up to five times each week and plans longer runs for the weekend.
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The fitness diaries: JoAnne Bunnage

JoAnne Bunnage was practically born a “water baby.”. Her earliest memory involves her 24-month-old self jumping off a diving board, and her happiest memories involve being in the water. She still manages to fit water time in to her busy weekly schedule thanks to Faculty Staff Fitness (FSF). Although she’s the first to admit that her biggest obstacle is finding time to make activity a priority, FSF minimizes some of those barriers because classes are offered at work.
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Dealing with Injury

Injuries are common among active people. Mine came last year, right before a trip over- seas. It’s not a glamorous story, I didn’t injure myself on a narrow ledge while hiking or hit the reef while surfing. Instead, I strained my calf walking down the stairs after a workout.
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5 Bodybuilding Moves for Women

Women don’t need to be afraid of lifting weights. In fact, women that lift weights are often lean, mean, fat-burning machines! The more muscle your body holds the more fat you burn. Even if you spend hours of intensive training and dieting you won’t get bulky and big. To the contrary, you’ll notice yourself losing inches and fat, having increased energy, and an overall feeling of well-being.
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Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Hi, I'm Dani and I'm an assistant director of marketing and communications at Oregon State University. I work for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which allows me to merge my love for everything health and well-being with strategic communications.

In my former lives, I was a corporate writer at Honolulu's top health insurance company, an elementary school teacher and public relations professional.

In my teaching career, I taught 3rd grade students the fundamentals of writing and enjoyed watching my students develop their writing and grammar skills. I maintained a class website and wrote and received numerous grants for classroom supplies and to take my students on field trips. Instilling a love for writing in my students was one of the most inspiring and gratifying things I've ever done.

During my years in public relations, writing and marketing, I provided account services to numerous Hawaii businesses and government officials. I learned to multi-task, stay cool under pressure, and prioritize deadlines. I also spent a year at Hawaii's State legislature, which provided me with the opportunity to see government in action.

I'm an energetic and driven individual. Meeting new people, seeing new places, and learning new things makes me thrive. I'm a firm believer in doing things that bring you the most happiness. I love being outdoors, eating healthy, being active, meeting people with inspirational stories to tell, traveling overseas, issues related to education reform and finding the best in people.

Outside of work and writing, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my husband and two cats, cooking and creating new healthy recipes, visiting with family and friends, going to the beach, surfing, lifting weights and reading.



  • Hawaii travel market
  • Curriculum writing
  • Press releases
  • Feature writing
  • Interviewing
  • Teaching
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Writing