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In search of the ultimate Chick Flick?

November 6, 2008 --

Submitted by Kay Helbling

As a matter of course, I don’t like Chick Flicks. Give me a good old fashioned spy thriller any day. Actually, just watching the promos for those sappy, sleepy, shallow features can turn my stomach. Yet, if truth be told, and it will be here, I have to admit one of my favorite movies of all times would definitely fit that billing.

How do I establish my rating of “favorite”? For me, it is simple—the only ones that I’d actually watch more than one time. Three or four is unheard of for me, but… “The Rose” is the exception. It is beautiful and has everything a woman can relate to—the drive for a career, the need for a family, best friends, great music sung by one of the best, Bette Midler, and the opportunity for a good, old-fashioned sob fest.

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Status of Oregon Children Revealed in New Report

November 5, 2008 --

By Erika Weisensee

When it comes to the well being of Oregon children, there is a lot of work to do, according to a new study by Children First for Oregon. Oregon has earned a “D” for the second year in a row on the agency’s 2008 Report Card. The study examined five categories, including Child Welfare, Early Care and Education, Family Financial Stability, Health, and Youth Development and Education.

The letter grade is based on an analysis of progress toward the 2010 Oregon Benchmark Targets and progress over the last ten years.

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Smart snacking can reduce your appetite and weight

November 4, 2008 --

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

No doubt you’ve heard the admonition to avoid between meal snacks but avoiding snacks can do more harm than good when it comes to healthy weights.  Snacking is a way to maintain weight, lose weight and even help to keep from gaining weight during the holidays because eating a healthy snack may keep you from taking a second or third helping at your next meal. The right kind of snacking can lead to good appetite control and more consistent blood sugars.  Since your stomach empties approximately every three hours, you can anticipate that and plan ahead with a nutritious snack.  This is especially helpful if you have a tendency towards hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, which can manifest itself in feelings of light-headedness, confusion, shaking and sweating.

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