Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

October 2017 Posted in Business, Community, Food & Drink, Your Health | Comments Off on Focusing on moms’ needs: Fitness instructor, online nutrition coach customizes programs

By Melissa Wagoner “If there was the perfect way to eat there would be one book,” nutrition and exercise coach Rita Horter said. Instead there is an entire industry devoted to the subject which, she admits, can be confusing to those looking ...

TeleBaby: New technology provides a life-saving link to neonatal experts

May 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on TeleBaby: New technology provides a life-saving link to neonatal experts

By Kristine Thomas Lori Neufeld and Erica Young both said things might have turned out dramatically different after their delivery of their children if it weren’t for a machine that was recently installed at the Family Birth Center at Legacy ...

Women’s care expands

May 2017 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Women’s care expands

The newest member of the obstetrical and gynecological care at Legacy Medical Group is Dr. Rachael Rayburn, D.O. The practice has grown to include four OB-GYN physicians, one gynecologist, one nurse practitioner, and six certified nurse midwives seeing patients in Silverton, ...

Love life? Protect your heart

January 2017 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Love life? Protect your heart

By Kristine Thomas Lisa Lyver and Jessica Keudell have heard too many stories of women who ignored the warning signs of a heart attack. Lyver, a registered nurse, and Keudell, an exercise physiologist, both work for Legacy Silverton Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program ...

Just another challenge: Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

November 2016 Posted in Community, People, Your Health | Comments Off on Just another challenge: Alisha Etzel takes on triathlons

By Kristine Thomas Silverton resident Alisha Etzel hates running, describing it as boring. She has logged more miles on a stationary bike than a road bike. Fortunately, she said, she actually likes to swim. Take all that into consideration and she’s wondering ...

Bird is the word: You can have your palaces, finding my focus

November 2016 Posted in Columnists & Opinion, Your Health | Comments Off on Bird is the word: You can have your palaces, finding my focus

There have been times in my life when I’ve felt utterly and entirely content. Like no matter how much or how little I had, it was enough. I woke up every morning with a word of gratitude on my lips. I ...

Yoga 101: It’s for EVERY body

August 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Yoga 101: It’s for EVERY body

[caption id="attachment_7189" align="alignright" width="221"] Sarah Newman and Chantal Barton encourage everyone to see how yoga can benefit their body.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Yoga instructors Samantha Wiesner, Sarah Newman, Chantal Barton and Bridget Schuch have heard plenty of misconceptions about yoga. Everything from ...

Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites

July 2016 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Defeat the bloodsuckers: Tips to prevent mosquito bites

Make your own ‘bug-off’ spray Randi Embree’s favorite mix of oils is: clove, lavender, orange and eucalyptus. “It works great and smells good too,” she said. Ingredients Witch Hazel (like Dickinsons) Distilled or boiled water Vegetable glycerin (optional, but it helps the spray adhere to skin) Instructions Fill 8 oz. ...

Lessons in grief: The process differs with each child, support is available

March 2016 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Lessons in grief: The process differs with each child, support is available

The Dougy Center The Dougy Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting grieving children and their families. It is free. There is information on its website: dougy.org, click on Grief Resources. The Dougy Center Canby office 252 NW 4th St. For information about ...

Be prepared: Scientists say the Pacific Northwest is due for a 9.0 earthquake

November 2015 Posted in School, Your Health | Comments Off on Be prepared: Scientists say the Pacific Northwest is due for a 9.0 earthquake

[caption id="attachment_6376" align="alignright" width="240"] Scotts Mills Elementarystudents got under their desks and held on for the duration of an imaginary earthquake during the Great Shake-Out Drill Oct. 15.[/caption] First in a series on earthquake preparedness. By Kristine Thomas  Mount Angel Police Chief Michael ...

Brain health: Nutrition, exercise, neuroplasticity tied to improved quality of life

June 2015 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Brain health: Nutrition, exercise, neuroplasticity tied to improved quality of life

[caption id="attachment_5978" align="alignright" width="220"] Joey Vance will present a brain health class on June 3.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Joey Vance admits he once had “massive brain fog.” In 2008, he was riding his bicycle at night without a helmet. “I know it’s kind of ...

Nut allergies: Schools grapple with potentially life-threatening situations

May 2015 Posted in School, Your Health | Comments Off on Nut allergies: Schools grapple with potentially life-threatening situations

[caption id="attachment_5880" align="alignright" width="300"] Lunch is a favorite time for many kids, but for those with nut allergies it can pose real and dangerous challenges.[/caption] By Brenna Wiegand Teagen Cain hates to miss school. “He’ll cry because he missed math or something,” his ...

Elderberry: Going back to basics

January 2015 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Elderberry: Going back to basics

[caption id="attachment_5493" align="alignright" width="300"] Nicole Dennis of Yes, It’s Pure Elderberry Remedy[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Nicole Dennis is offering an old method to help keep people healthy during cold and flu season. Dennis, who was born in Boston, said she grew up “totally ...

Midwifery Week: Silverton Health midwives share their experience

October 2014 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Midwifery Week: Silverton Health midwives share their experience

[caption id="attachment_5159" align="alignright" width="300"] Raelyn Shinn and her daughter visit with certified nurse midwives Nancy MacMorris-Adix.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas  Stella’s birth wasn’t the same as Malachi’s, and Malachi’s wasn’t the same as Spencer’s, and Spencer’s wasn’t the same as Jayda’s. But although each ...

It’s a new day: Early detection, treatment improve odds for beating breast cancer

October 2014 Posted in People, Your Health | Comments Off on It’s a new day: Early detection, treatment improve odds for beating breast cancer

[caption id="attachment_5160" align="alignright" width="300"] Mount Angel resident Michelle Kurns plays with Harlan, 2, as she shares her story.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas To ease her worries about her son’s upcoming surgery for a cleft lip and palate, Michelle Kurns worked in her garden ...

Raising awareness: Kennedy junior Hannah Kloft takes on skin cancer

March 2014 Posted in People, Your Health | Comments Off on Raising awareness: Kennedy junior Hannah Kloft takes on skin cancer

[caption id="attachment_4568" align="alignright" width="300"] Hannah Kloft, right, volunteered at a race day at Silverton Fitness to raise money and awareness of melanoma.[/caption] By Kristine Thomas Kennedy High School junior Hannah Kloft cannot count all the times Reagan Purdy has made a difference ...

Get a move on: Silverton Health Fun Run celebrates 30th anniversary

May 2013 Posted in Sports, Your Health | Comments Off on Get a move on: Silverton Health Fun Run celebrates 30th anniversary

[caption id="attachment_3425" align="alignright" width="223"] Steve Ritchie and his daughter Shea in the 1998 Silverton Hospital Fun Run[/caption] By Steve Ritchie  Silverton is a town of many celebrations. The Silverton Fine Arts Festival celebrates a variety of art forms. The Silverton Poetry Festival ...

Flu season: Tips for staying well

February 2013 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Flu season: Tips for staying well

By Kristine Thomas Admit it. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you are weary of being near anyone who sneezes or coughs or complains that even his or her hair hurts. While February is known for festive activities like Valentine’s and Groundhog’s ...

Assess your fitness: Accurate information helps motivate

January 2013 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Assess your fitness: Accurate information helps motivate

[caption id="attachment_2976" align="alignright" width="226"] Cindy Woodley shows an example of the difference betweeen muscle and fat.[/caption] By Steve Ritchie  A common New Year’s Resolution is to make a new or strengthen a commitment to become healthier and fitter. By the time the middle ...

Advantages of age: Older adults can be better at decision making

December 2012 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Advantages of age: Older adults can be better at decision making

By Margaret Inoue  Older adults might not always recall names, rote facts and figures as well as in their youth, but they may be better at coming up with ideas and solutions. Older adults can find themselves in a position where they ...

Herbal remedies: Randi Embree shares her passion for plants

December 2012 Posted in People, Your Health | Comments Off on Herbal remedies: Randi Embree shares her passion for plants

[caption id="attachment_2866" align="alignright" width="221"] Randi Embree prepares a mixture.[/caption] By P. Milliren Silverton resident Randi Embree sometimes feels like a crazy old woman “dragging people around showing them weeds.” Five days a week, she is the manager of a nonprofit tax policy organization. On Sundays, she teaches people how to make medicines from wild plants. Embree started using herbs 40 ...

More than a break: Lunch provides the energy for more learning

September 2012 Posted in School, Your Health | Comments Off on More than a break: Lunch provides the energy for more learning

Lunch Box Safety Tips Wash your hands. Seems like common sense but unfortunately many people forget. With cold and flu season around the corner, it’s really important to remind students to wash their hands before eating lunch or snacks. Carry it cold. Perishable foods packed in a ...

Concussions 101: You don’t ‘shake off’ a blow to the head

August 2012 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Concussions 101: You don’t ‘shake off’ a blow to the head

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School seniors Olivia Dahl and Katie Spink describe having a concussion like being grounded for something they didn’t do and they can’t get out of it – until they passed the test. “We weren’t allowed to do ...

A fountain of youth: Attitude and exercise key for triathlete

August 2012 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on A fountain of youth: Attitude and exercise key for triathlete

By Brenna Wiegand I met Gerrie Faessler-Gray while interviewing Marie Jackson about her new Thai Massage practice in Silverton. She was a good sport about being in the photo. Gerrie, 69, told me she raised eight kids on a dairy farm near Silverton; ...

Baby boom: Center wins national attention, local fans

June 2012 Posted in Business, Your Health | Comments Off on Baby boom: Center wins national attention, local fans

By Kristine Thomas Yara Delgado and Kristin High shared one of their most private, physically painful, yet monumental moments in their lives with their colleagues. They did so knowing they could fully trust them, would not be judged for anything they said ...