• 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.
  • Everybody’s got their own Christmas traditions, especially in the way of what they’re eating that day.
  • This is always a very busy time of year to be a mental health provider. Amid the twinkling lights, snowflakes, and seasonal cheer, feelings of loss and loneliness often can permeate and subdue holiday merriment. 
  • Here goes the 2019 holiday season. For many folks this means family visitation, traveling — and inconsistency of exercise and healthy eating. What does this mean for the fitness you’ve been working so hard for? Will the body turn into the mashed potatoes and cinnamon rolls it’s been indulging on?
  • A recent fitness and health report indicated one commonality that diet, exercise, and rest are affected by. It’s one thing everyone can work toward improving. It’s intuitive, yet the first thing many people forego. It takes little time and focus, but the return is well worth the investment. 
  • Unless you’re Santa, rosy cheeks are not necessarily a sign of robust health. 
  • Deschutes County Health Services – Suicide Prevention Program reminds local residents of available resources as we enter the holiday season. 

    While the holidays can be a season of cheer, it can also be a difficult season for those who have lost a loved one — whether to suicide or other means.
  • Thanksgiving opens the senses to the warmth and comfort of autumn’s bounty. The veggies, the bird and the accompanying spices all melt together in an experience that is indescribable to those who have not experienced it.
  • A healthier Thanksgiving
    The average American can consume thousands of calories at Thanksgiving dinner. It’s far too easy to overload on your favorite comfort foods like buttery mashed potatoes and gravy, loads of stuffing and pumpkin pie.
  • When you hear the term “healthcare” what comes to mind? Does the term mean services provided by doctors and dentists, medical response by the fire department, air ambulance service, hospitals, urgent care, mobile medical vans, mental-health services, substance abuse treatment, support groups, or perhaps some other service or provider?
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