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 ...

A stressful time: Holidays can take their toll on personal well being

December 2011 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on A stressful time: Holidays can take their toll on personal well being

By Kristine Thomas At an athletic event in late November, several women lamented the upcoming holiday season. “All I am looking forward to is the week after Christmas when everything is done and I can relax,” one woman said, adding she dreaded ...

Searching for an answer: Two years and still no diagnosis

December 2011 Posted in People, Your Health | Comments Off on Searching for an answer: Two years and still no diagnosis

By Kristine Thomas Silverton High School freshman Tim Cain is a medical mystery. Although he’s been to several doctors in the past two years, none can determine why he has a low white blood count and abnormality in his bone marrow. An active ...

Just breathe: Yoga builds strength, flexibility, well being

September 2011 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Just breathe: Yoga builds strength, flexibility, well being

By Omie Drawhorn When Ruth Schwab first attended one of Tsipora Berman’s yoga classes at the Silverton Senior Center, she did most of the poses in a chair. “She’s a Type A, fast-paced person (so yoga was a new thing for her),” ...

Immediate care: A lower cost alternative for after-hours medical treatment

May 2011 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Immediate care: A lower cost alternative for after-hours medical treatment

By Don Murtha A 9-year-old boy is playing second base on a baseball team on a Friday evening. He dives to catch the baseball and in doing so lands hard on his right wrist. He stands up yelling his wrist hurts. When ...

New home: Clinic expands

April 2011 Posted in Community, Other, Your Health | Comments Off on New home: Clinic expands

Mount Angel Family Medicine has moved into the specially renovated 5,000 square foot space at 250 W. Marquam St. and doctors and staff invite the public to join them in celebration April 14, 3 to 7 p.m. The building, which was ...

Establishing priorities: Marie Traeger sets goals to stay healthy

January 2011 Posted in People, Your Health | Comments Off on Establishing priorities: Marie Traeger sets goals to stay healthy

By Kristine Thomas Marie Traeger has discovered a secret to sticking to an exercise plan. It’s not about losing weight, she said, adding she realizes regardless of how many hours she exercises she’ll never be a “skinny-minnie.” And it’s not about exercising to ...

Downsizing: Group supports aids weight-loss efforts

January 2011 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Downsizing: Group supports aids weight-loss efforts

By Kathy Cook Hunter TOPS Programs Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. St. Paul Catholic Church 1410 Pine St., Silverton 503-873-3504. Fridays, 9 a.m. First Baptist Church 229 Westfield St., Silverton 503-873-8246 Is it “my time” to deal with my excess weight? While many of us are asking ourselves that question at ...

A change for the better: Program helps people get fit, lose weight and be healthy

January 2011 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on A change for the better: Program helps people get fit, lose weight and be healthy

By Brenna Wiegand Eight Weeks to Wellness A lifestyle change and health enchancement program to help people get fit, lose weight and feel good. Sunday evenings, Jan. 9 - Feb. 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1159 Oak St. $25 (provision may be made for those who can’t afford ...

­­‘Unnatural Causes’: Is inequality in healthcare making Americans sick?

October 2010 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on ­­‘Unnatural Causes’: Is inequality in healthcare making Americans sick?

By Kristine Thomas Unnatural Causes Film and discussion series Monday, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; 7 p.m., Silverton Hospital, Free. 503-873-1500 Dr. Michael Grady saw more than an empty mayonnaise jar with a few coins and a hand-written note asking for donations to ...

Home birth: Sometimes nature forces plans to change

October 2010 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Home birth: Sometimes nature forces plans to change

By Aurora Ellison Guidelines for Home Birth Risks defined as “absolute” requiring hospital birth: • Overdue baby (43 weeks) • Triplets or more • Placenta previa • Pre-eclampsia, eclampsia (high blood pressure in mother) • Premature labor • Drug abuse • Severe disease in mother such as AIDS or ...

Home delivery: Some women choose to give birth at home

August 2010 Posted in Your Health | 1 Comment »

By Aurora Ellison When Eyonna Shubin of Silverton went into labor with her fourth child, she wasn’t sure if it was false labor or the real thing. After hours of steady contractions, she called her midwife to say, “I think this ...

Food for thought: School chefs explain lunch program

May 2010 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Food for thought: School chefs explain lunch program

By Kristine Thomas Nita Kropf will shoulder some of the blame, but not all of it. Unfortunately, Kropf said, many people believe school lunches are the culprit for the increase in childhood obesity in America. “The lunch program is a good scapegoat,” said ...

Childhood obesity: Our generation’s epidemic

May 2010 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Childhood obesity: Our generation’s epidemic

By Kristine Thomas Healthy Tips Do Increase the fruits and vegetables you eat. Increase physical activity. Decrease sweetened beverages such as soda pop, energy drinks and juice. Decrease the number of high-calorie foods. It’s OK to have ice cream, French fries or a candy bar – just not every ...

On your mark: Annual 5K run/walk jump starts outdoor fitness season

May 2010 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on On your mark: Annual 5K run/walk jump starts outdoor fitness season

By Steve Ritchie Like bears emerging from hibernation, local runners and walkers are being lured out of the fitness centers and off their couches by the warmer and longer days to start pounding the pavement. It’s now safe to exercise outside again ...

‘The Nun Study’: Lecturer speaks about brain research project

April 2010 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on ‘The Nun Study’: Lecturer speaks about brain research project

A renowned study of Alzheimer’s Disease and brain health will be discussed May 11, by Sr. Catherine Bertrand at the 14th annual Sister Marilyn Schwab Memorial Lecture. The event is free and open to all. Sr. Catherine, of the School Sisters ...

Procrastination’s no cure: Men encouraged to seek medical advice

June 2009 Posted in Your Health | Comments Off on Procrastination’s no cure: Men encouraged to seek medical advice

By Dixon Bledsoe   With Father’s Day approaching it is a good time to reflect on men – fathers, husbands, uncles, friends and brothers. They work hard, taking care of kids, taking care of home, taking care of cars and taking care of business. But what ...

Passion for care: Direct primary care doctor joins Silverton team

July 2018 Posted in Community, Your Health | Comments Off on Passion for care: Direct primary care doctor joins Silverton team

[caption id="attachment_8502" align="alignright" width="256"] Dr. Tomas Gigena and Dr. Rob Rosborough at Township Health DPC. Melissa Wagoner[/caption] By Melissa Wagoner Dr. Tomas Gigena is stepping into a new career that taps into his Argentinian roots. “I grew up in a small town ...