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home : health November 20, 2017


Ward off the 'winter blues'
Preparing for winter means more than blocking your air vents with foam and getting the roof rake and snow shovels out of the shed (see related story, page 3). We also have to prepare ourselves psychologically.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Seasonal changes can affect your pet, too
Just about everyone has heard the phrase "winter blues." Some individuals are negatively affected by the shift into winter. Serious depression of this nature is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a condition that affects one to 10 percent of the population depending on the specific location.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Firefighter returns to work after accident
A local firefighter injured six months ago in a 40-foot fall has returned to work.

Captain Thornton Brown of the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD was canyoneering in Hades Canyon in Death Valley with two other firefighters when he fell during a rappel. Captain Brown's injuries prevented him from continuing the hike out and he had to spend the night in the remote canyon. Rescuers with the California Highway Patrol Inland Division Air Operations (H-80) were notified of the accident and conducted an air rescue utilizing a helicopter.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Fleeting sunlight
This past weekend, America underwent its return to standard time, eschewing daylight saving for more light in the morning - and less light in the evenings.

Many of us are going to work in the darkness and returning home without seeing the sun.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Get prepared for ski season
The mountains are beginning to see snowfall, season passes are on sale, and ski shops are getting stocked with the 2017/2018 latest and greatest.

Central Oregon is ready for ski season. Are you?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Make Halloween safe for your pets
Halloween can be loads of fun for kids and adults. And as spooky little monsters, ghosts and ghouls begin their trick-or-treating, it can be the scariest night of the year, especially for your pets.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Town hall on age-friendly cities set
A free town hall on age-friendly cities will be held on Friday, November 3 at 2 p.m., in the Sisters Community Church auditorium, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
In pursuit of wellness
"Wellness" means a lot more than just the absence of illness.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Running commentary
I certainly believe that running is good for the body, but the mind and soul as well.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Pushing back against cold and flu season
Most of us want to keep the number of days we are dealing with a cold or the flu to a minimum. There are ways to support the immune system naturally to prepare for the upcoming winter months and to care for ourselves if we should fall ill.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Woman copes with storms of life
Kelly Webb has been buffeted by storm after storm in her life for the past eight years or so. She survived a breast cancer diagnosis and mastectomy in 2009, then was terribly injured in a motorcycle crash in 2013. As she was recovering from catastrophic injuries, her husband, Rick, was diagnosed with liver cancer. He would die within months.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
A growing, inclusive community for Sisters seniors
The Earth shook a bit Monday, September 25, under the Rainwater Café when a group of 10 enthusiastic "shakers and movers" got together for the first time as a steering committee for the emerging Senior Alliance.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tai chi is beneficial for older adults
Tai chi is a form of exercise transcending many generations as a martial art, meditation, and choreography of movement, which has many pronounced effects on the body. Now, thanks to a better understanding of neurological processes through exercise and movement, tai chi stands as an exercise modality that anyone can enjoy and gain exceptional results.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Warding off the disease of 'constant partial attention'
You're in the middle of a project, fully absorbed. Your phone beeps with that special tone you chose for text notifications. Without a second's thought, you drop what you're doing and reach for that ever-present device, concentration broken, project derailed.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Eating for optimal performance
It is human nature to associate food with taste. Most people associate eating with recreation or pleasure. Many people turn to food for comfort, satisfaction and indulgence. And its common sense now, in this era of obesity we have found ourselves in, to associate food with weight loss or gain. Don't eat this because it will make you fat and do eat this because it will help you lose weight.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Stress and the immune system
As we head into cold and flu season, many of us do so with an increased level of stress. Whatever particular cocktail of events you find stressful, it is likely you have encountered at least some of the ingredients in the last few months. Stress can take a toll on sleep, mood - and the immune system.

Fortunately, there are ways to help the body recover from a period of stress that also benefit the immune system.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Safety a key consideration for football players
Football is a contact sport, and injuries are always a possibility. Over the past few years, more and more concern has been raised over the immediate and long-term effects of concussions on the health and well-being of players.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Cramp relief is not what you think
Many exercisers can testify to the agony of muscle cramps. Muscles lock up in a painful contraction with persistent and unrelenting pain. These painful situations can seriously affect a workout or activity, and people are often willing to try anything and everything to intervene.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cancer and me: Back home again
The working title to this latest submission was, "Cancer and me: Back in the saddle." After my last submission, "Homeward Bound," I thought that might be a good place to start once we made the move from the Valley and arrived back home in Sisters. Only problem is, is I don't feel like I'm back in the saddle.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Climate change, forest fires, and our health
The persistent smoky haze blanketing Sisters along with most of the Pacific Northwest over recent weeks is a concrete, nagging reminder of the growing impact of climate change on human health.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017













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