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home : health October 16, 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
Maintaining muscle as we age
While once fitness in younger years may have be focused on looking good, and performing well, as the seasons of life pass more emphasis is put on function, muscle health, and enjoying leisure activity.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Staying healthy through the season of smoke
To stay healthy while we have an inversion of smoke in town, the best option is simply to leave. Find a place that is smoke-free, and stay away until the smoke clears. For many of us, though, that is not an option.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
An unforeseen risk from heatstroke
One of my hiking friends recently contacted me to share an unusual, and unforeseen, injury that occurred during a hike. Most of us are aware of, and recognize, the danger presented by heatstroke; but very few people seem to be aware of another very serious danger that lurks in the hot sun. I certainly wasn't; and, as it turns out, first responders who arrived on scene weren't aware either.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Smoky and smoggy - should you exercise?
Sisters Country is not uncommon to a little atmospheric smoke and haze during the dry days of summer fire season when wildfires happen.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Prepare your pets during a natural disaster
You should always have a disaster plan for your pets, no matter what their size.

Make sure that your cats and dogs are wearing collars and identification tags that are up to date. You'll increase your chances of being reunited with Rover or Kitty if they get lost by having them microchipped.

Monday, August 21, 2017
Be alert to health effects of wildfire smoke
When the Milli Fire, located southwest of Sisters, flared up last Wednesday, growing from 260 acres to 3,500, smoke from the fire became a concern for residents in the area surrounding the fire.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Cure tension headaches ... and fix everything else that ails and fails
Generally, tension headaches are caused by the static and prolonged contraction of the muscles in the head, jaw, neck and shoulders. Makes sense! We have statically contracted muscles - tension - in a tension headache.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Take good care of your eyes
You wouldn't be reading this if your eyes weren't healthy enough to see the print.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Dealing with diabetes in Sisters
Diabetes is an American scourge. 25 million Americans have diabetes and the proportion is growing swiftly.

"The projection is that half of Americans will be diabetic or pre-diabetic by 2020," says Lisa Duncan, of Diabetes Wellness Solutions in Sisters.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Living with traumatic brain injury
Jenna Sneva comes home from classes at Oregon State University (OSU) to begin "repetition and redundancy" on that day's classes, two or more hours a day, before she is able to start homework assignments. This is the price she pays from experiencing traumatic brain injury.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The pleasures and perils of high-intensity exercise
High-intensity exercise has taken the fitness world by storm. Whether it's Crossfit or a variant, circuit training in the gym or interval training for runners and cyclists, the protocol of short, hard workouts using a variety of exercises is attracting athletes from elites to weekend warriors.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013














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