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Breastfeeding, isn’t THAT Easy!

October 31, 2008 --

Submitted By: Gienie Assink, Springfield, Oregon

 

When my second son, Elijah, was a few weeks old, I had a minute to realize I was overwhelmed by the abrupt addition to my life.  Nine months is enough time to prepare a room, but nothing prepares you for a new baby! After being a mother already for nearly two years, I was shocked to learn, the second time around would be much different than the first.  Nothing in my life as a wife, chauffer, head cook, lover, friend, business woman–not to mention president of “No One Knows What I Do Unless I Don’t Do It, Inc.” prepared me for Elijah.  I hasten to add, “as wonderful as he is”.

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Can one person really make a difference?

October 30, 2008 --

Submitted by Kay Helbling

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Each time I pick up groceries I’m reminded by the checkout clerk with their request for “rounding up my purchase amount and giving the loose change to cancer”. So few pennies for such a huge cause…and then, the pennies become tears when memories reflect on a family member or personal friend who walked through the ordeal.

You receive the news. Your friend has cancer. This vital, always happy, always healthy, always active, woman. How can it be? A million things run through your mind. What can I do to help? What does she need the most from me right now?

As any good friend you want to do anything and everything you can but where do you start? It doesn’t matter, you simply start. She will need you each step of the way.

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Heart Healthy Eating: Reducing the Risks of Heart Disease.

October 28, 2008 --

By Your Personal Trainer,
Olivia Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM

We are surrounded by food. It’s everywhere–at the movies, at the mall, at work, at the airport. It’s available, convenient and it’s usually pretty tasty. The problem is that it’s often not healthy. In choosing foods that are prepared by others, we lose control not only over the way in which it is prepared but also over the ingredients with which it is prepared. Compared to foods prepared at home, most commercially prepared foods are high in sodium, cholesterol and sugar. Those ingredients contribute to three of the risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Knowing your numbers and making some changes in your eating habits can help to decrease your risk.

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I can’t even grow a fake tree!

October 27, 2008 --

By Evergreen,

All of my household plants have died. My friends only buy me plants that are resilient and need little care. I accidentally killed those plants as well. So this week I decided to try those paper Magic Trees. What could go wrong? All you have to do is add the enclosed solution to the paper tree and it begins blossoming in two hours.

First of all, something happened to my plant solution. Somewhere under my care part of the solution gelled up and was unusable, leaving me with less solution to use. During the first hour of blooms, I couldn’t resist showing my new joy to my neighbor office workers . While boasting I accidently dropped it on the floor. Most of the flowers burst out upon the floor. The tree was supposed to be a thing of pride, joy and beauty. Now it is a towering symbol of my blunderings.

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Oregon Photo of the Week 10/25

October 25, 2008 --

Photo by Abbie Storm. St. Johns Bridge, Portland.

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Yoga Today

October 24, 2008 --

There are a many people who are crazy about yoga today. One reason is that it makes them feel better and in good shape. The different poses and postures make their body healthy. So if you want to keep your body in shape, this might be the best exercise for you. But for most of them they find Yoga is the best way to relax and unwind

What might come as a surprise to you is that yoga is good to fight certain illness. There have been researches which proved that yoga helps you to control anxiety, reduces asthma, arthritis, blood pressure, back pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, epilepsy, diabetes, headaches, stress and many more.

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It all started in a pumpkin field

October 23, 2008 --

Submitted by Kay Helbling

 

Look at the big moon daddy! I remember my sister saying those words as the brilliant orange harvest moon hung in the sky over our North Dakota farm. It was fall, and fall was all around us—trees turning color and pumpkins being harvested. Those harvest moons come pretty rarely in Oregon, but the excitement of the harvest season never fails us.

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Students Learn in Largest Ever Mock Election

October 22, 2008 --

By Erika Weisensee

By the end of October, tens of thousands of Oregon students will vote in the ’08 political election. Most, of course, are well below the required age of 18, but that won’t stop them from casting their votes for President, U.S. senators, representatives to Congress, and Oregon ballot measures. This isn’t voter fraud. It’s the 2008 Oregon Mock Election, a terrific program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Oregon.  By learning about the political process now, students will be prepared when they reach voting age to be active participants in our democracy. That’s the whole idea, according to Project Coordinator Krista Horning.

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Your Personal Trainer: Getting High on Exercise

October 21, 2008 --

By Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN,

Regular exercisers will tell you that they keep exercising because it makes them feel good.  We do know that exercise has a positive effect on mood.  The evidence can be found in brain chemistry or, more specifically, neuro-chemicals or transmitters that affect mood.  I guess we can think of it as “better living through chemistry.”  I want to focus on one of those neurotransmitters, not only in relation to exercise, but to our everyday lives, serotonin.

Serotonin elevates your mood, increases good feelings and lifts depression.  Exercise psychologist Andrea Dunn of the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, says exercise is a viable treatment for depression.  “It affects the biology in the brain the same way that anti-depressive drugs do.” 

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Fashion Report: Ralph Lauren Caps Off Glamour

October 20, 2008 --

By Cathy Rae Smith,
Founder of Culture Magazine

Though it is a delight to live in an era when women no longer suffer the rigors of corseting oneself within a whisper of fainting away, there still remains the timeless lure of glamour. Happily, Ralph Lauren’s fall collection blends the appeal of sumptuous fabrics and flattering line with stylish flair by topping each ensemble with le chapeau élégant. And may I just say, bravo, how refreshing!

Sure, I love cramming on a baseball cap when wishing to shield the face from sun while pulling a weed or two from my flower garden or to avoid rain while dashing off to an exercise class, but there comes a time to take the daring step up in one’s style statement and do the unexpected.

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