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.


Talking Blue Zones with Dan Buettner

What do beans, a sense of purpose, and your friends have in common? They can all help you to live a more vibrant life. Increasing life expectancy is a simple recipe for Dan Buettner. There’s no magic pill to take. No fad diet to follow. And you don’t have to spend countless hours in a gym pumping iron.
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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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Local program empowers cancer survivors to eat healthy

Cancer survivors need many things to thrive — the right attitude, a support system, numerous resources and a healthy diet. Too often, the latter is the most difficult to attain. But thanks to a local program, led and supported by CPHHS alumni and students, eating healthy is now within reach. Two years ago, Samaritan Health Services launched “That’s My Farmer” in Albany to support cancer survivors in learning about nutrition.
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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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Working on well-being: Enjoyment is key

You probably heard the recent news that only a small fraction of Americans – 2.7 percent – are living what’s considered a “healthy lifestyle.”. CPHHS professor Ellen Smit was senior author of the study, which looked at factors such as good diet, moderate exercise, recommended body fat percentage and abstaining from smoking.
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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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Telehealth Comes to Ka`u

Finding a specialist in the rural Ka‘ü district on Hawai‘i Island isn’t always easy. That’s because most of the specialists on the island are in Hilo and Kailua-Kona. But Ka‘ü residents now have an easier way to see a doctor with a telehealth device called The Health Kiosk.
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Instilling Healthy Habits in Kids

My memories of growing up in Hawaii consist of going to the beach, camping, hiking, and spending time outdoors. My mother was a bundle of energy and I had a lot of fun keeping up with her. She ate healthy, opting for whole grains and always served greens with dinner. She also exercised regularly – sweating to the oldies or dancing around the living room with Denise Austin.
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Cut the Cost of Paradise with a Little Creativity

Living in Hawaii isn’t easy on the wallet. We’ve all seen and heard the reports that we live in one of the most costly states in our country. Consider the average prices of some of these common items in Honolulu, according to the Expatistan Cost of Living Index: ♦ Monthly rent for a 900-sq. foot apartment in expensive area – $2,274.
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Lessons from a Blue Zone

When I booked a trip to Costa Rica last year, it didn't occur to me that I'd be staying on the Nicoya Peninsula. For me, this realization about one week before my departure in late June was huge. It was signifi- cant because Nicoya, which is an hour and a half drive inland from where I’d be staying in the coastal town of Playa Grande, is one of the world’s five Blue Zones®.
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More Aloha for Cyclists

With near-perfect weather year-round and the emergence of more bike lanes throughout the state, bicycle commuting has become a common sight on Hawai‘i’s roads. Hawaii B-cycle, a pilot project that brought the state’s first two bike-sharing stations to Kailua in 2011, ended in 2014 with enthusiasm from stakeholders. The project’s goals of introducing the concept of bike sharing and learning to create a larger bike share were met.
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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