• One could name a lot of reasons to be stressed these days. Putting aside personal concerns, simply turning on the news can raise anybody’s blood pressure. Much of our social economy thrives on fear-based messaging that adds to unease and uncertainty. Finances, family stress, job woes, academic pressure, stable housing, and social isolation are among many anxieties we might be facing. Feelings of overwhelm, worry, and pessimism can be hard to dodge. Even worse can be feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness.
  • Cold and flu season begins in December, but it isn’t until February and March that it reaches its pinnacle of infectious havok, often affecting millions. 
  • What are essential oils? Most definitions describe essential oils as the concentrated extracts of potentially beneficial plants. The terms used in the search to find which essential oils are right for you can be confusing. 
  • Weight-loss reality
    It’s January, and surely a few reading this have made a declaration of healthful eating as an effort to reduce one’s waist size, improve health, and feel good. Commonly, these efforts are made when a tremendous amount of motivation is harnessed after a long holiday of indulgent pleasure-seeking. 
  • Meditation offers benefits for well-being
    Meditation. It works.

    Many people practice meditation and know that it improves their lives mentally and physically. But a lot more people have never tried it and don’t understand how it can help them.
  • Oral health is key to overall well-being
    Everybody wants a nice smile and clean teeth. But there’s a great deal more than that at stake in the health of your mouth.
  • After overindulging in too many rich foods, many of us enter January feeling tired, depressed and a few pounds heavier. This year make your health a top priority. Make time for exercise, self-care and cooking healthy meals. It’s an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being.
  • The Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) has announced the release of the 2020-2023 Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP).This plan provides a strategy for making Central Oregon a healthier place to live, play, and thrive. 
  • Emotional and mental wellness in kids: Should I be concerned?
    As a long-time (now retired) school counselor I was often asked by parents:

    “Is this normal?”

    “Should I be worried?”
  • Diet like a caveman, meditate like a monk, sleep like a baby, workout like an athlete. Sky’s the limit and the Internet has no shortage of tips and tricks to help someone “live their best life” in 2020. As many people have learned, a complete overhaul often proves impossible to sustain. 
  • Coach and trainer Ryan Hudson of Level 5 Crossfit in Sisters has a maxim for those who have resolved to get truly fit: Don’t plan your workout by “kind” of workout, but by “degree” of challenge.  
  • Add a little spice for flavor and healthy living
    It seems strange for people to think of it today, but two thousand years ago, Pliny the Elder left written records indicating the price of cinnamon to be worth roughly 15 times the value of silver on a weight basis. Nutmeg was once worth more by weight than gold, and in the 16th century pepper was once so valuable that it could be used to pay the rent.
  • Giving the gift of life through blood and organ donations
    Making a blood or platelet donation through the local American Red Cross in Bend is a simple, painless process that doesn’t require a lot of time and costs nothing. And cookies and juice are available afterwards.
  • “Stuff” happens. We are all Consumers with a capital C. What comes in the front door rarely results in something going out the back door. We save everything because “we might need it someday.” We take great pleasure filling in our time going shopping or to garage sales in pursuit of a deal. And then, before we know it, we’re left feeling overwhelmed and overstuffed and don’t know how to start to fix it. But fix it we must. 
  • Butterflies in your tummy, trust your gut, pit in your stomach, tied up in knots — common sayings with big implications. These days, the relationship between our gut, brain, and emotions is becoming more widely understood. The gut and the brain are in a very codependent relationship, and as codependent relationships go, when both parties are “good” and stable, it is generally good, but when either party starts to struggle, it can be difficult for the other to remain resilient and healthy. 
  • How do young people learn to be happy adults, with a positive sense of well-being? Most of our youth will figure this out on their own. By the time they graduate from high school they will possess a firm grasp of both their interests and personal strengths, and will select college majors, start technical careers, or launch their own businesses in fields that capitalize on their abilities.
  • Newsflash! 2019 is over, people can finally get around to making all those changes they’ve been intending to make. Now that the dialogue transitions from complaining to actually doing something, how do you stick to your guns and make it happen? Surely, someone reading now can think back to last New Year’s and remember what it was they swore off. How’d that go? What was the apple that tumbled the cart?
  • Deschutes County Health Services is seeing an increase in flu cases in Central Oregon. The flu vaccine is the most effective way to avoid getting sick from the flu virus, and the best way to protect yourself and your community from illness. In addition to vaccination, you can take these measures to help prevent and stop the spread of flu:
  • A heavy emphasis has been placed on mental health among youth nationally, and Sisters School District continues to focus on ways to support students from kindergarten through graduation. 
  • Anxiety is a major part of life for many young people, including many in Sisters.
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