There are many ways to get active in the Pacific Northwest. Most of us are lucky that we can simply walk out our front doors and enjoy a nice walk, bike ride or do some gardening.
Fresh air and exercise is a great perk of spring after a long and cold winter. There are many events to take part in if you want to do something in a group, that is still good for you and supports a good cause too!
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Run/walk benefitting Oregon City High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams. It is put on with volunteers from their track team. It should be a fun run, rain or shine! Introducing Finisher Medals this year!
If you want to share your suggestions in the comments below of some of your favorite activities, runs, walks or bike rides in our area – please share and we might suggest it in a future post!
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign, started by the Dana Foundation, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW is a key outreach activity for SfN members who will be hosting a variety of brain-related events March 14-20, 2016.
I brought my son to have his very first check up 2 years ago and immediately fell in love. Soon after I became a patient as well. It’s very rare to find physicians who treat you with respect and who are willing to listen to you. The beauty of the practice having 12 physicians is that you are able to find the right provider for you! The hours are amazing, they have triage nurses and a doctor on call after business hours 7 days a week! If you’re looking for a compassionate, understanding and knowledgeable practice who takes your health seriously then please don’t pass this place up! They changed my life and taught me to value my health- mind body and soul.” – Ashely B.
Dr. Reese is a rare gem. He’s kind and informative and makes you feel like you are a person not just a payment for work. He explains things and takes the time out to listen to you. Very happy to have found him. 🙂 Also the office is clean and open 7 days a week! – Tonya H.
Regular exercise (along with eating right and drinking lots of water) really does help improve your outlook on life. More than that, it improves your chances to lead a longer life!
“You know your heart benefits from exercise. Your brain does, too. Studies show that regular, moderate exercise — 30 minutes of walking or a light one-mile run — helps fight the effects of aging on the brain. No grueling workouts required! All types of exercise count, including walking, bicycling, hiking, swimming, aerobics, and weight training. Ballroom dancing is another good one, especially fun on chilly evenings.
How does exercise work to prevent mental decline? Researchers believe exercise may stimulate the body to fight stress that’s normally occurring in the brain — stress that causes oxidative damage. All that good stuff from a little exercise!” – healthy living tips from WEBMD.”
Now that Valentine’s Day is past us, and perhaps most of the treats have been digested, it’s time to take a moment for a serious heart to heart.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. “Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease , such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news is that individuals of all ages can reduce their risk for heart disease by making lifestyle changes and managing medical conditions through appropriate treatment plans.
With a record number of young adults living at home or in close contact with older relatives, they have a golden opportunity to encourage parents and other family members to make heart-healthy changes and offer support along the way.” Check out some of the great ideas here:
Keeping our bodies active and healthy is important. It is also important to find ways to keep inspired and to commit to learning new things. The below information and link from an online article discusses how learning new things can be enriching (and healthy) for our lives:
“There are a lot of good, practical reasons to make learning something new a part of your daily routine, but the best reason has nothing to do with practicality — we are learning creatures, and the lifelong practice of learning is what makes us humans and our lives worthwhile.
If that idealistic musing’s not enough, here’s some more down-to-earth benefits:
Learning across a wide range of subjects gives us a range of perspectives to call on in our own narrow day-to-day areas of specialization.
Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.
A broad knowledge of unfamiliar situations feeds innovation by inspiring us to think creatively and providing examples to follow.
Learning deepens our character and makes us more inspiring to those around us.
Learning makes us more confident.
Learning instills an understanding of the historical, social, and natural processes that impact and limit our lives.
And, like I said, there’s the whole “making like worth living” thing.
Read more from this article and see some of the recommendations here
Our family (with four daughters) have used South Tabor for close to 20 years. Every staff member and physician is fabulous and courteous. They are very professional and caring individuals. We trust them and also have gotten other families under their great care. We miss Dr Blessing, but even with his retirement, S.T. looked ahead and prepared for this by bringing in another great young physician. Keep up the Great Work!
– G. Adams
You aren’t a ‘number’ at So Tabor but ALWAYS are an important person
– D. Meyer
I have been a patient of South Tabor Physicians for many years and have had no problems with any doctors, nurses, or other staff. They are all like family.
– J. Artiago
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in the communities. More here: http://www.nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-health-awareness-month/
“Chances are you’re familiar with at least one of these well-known health awareness observances. But did you know the calendar is full of special months, weeks, and days that raise awareness for a variety of important health issues and conditions? They’re dates where people with certain health conditions, their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups rally around a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times. January includes:
Cervical Health Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Stalking Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
National Folic Acid Awareness Week (first full week of January)
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (last week of January)
Year after year we make resolutions around this time. Exercising regularly, eating better and giving up smoking can cut heart disease risk by 80 percent, diabetes risk by 90 percent and cancer risk by 50 percent, according to the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study. Here are some tips that include some simple things you can do to help put you on a better track towards health: Wear a pedometer and aim for 30 minutes a day of brisk walking. Try eating fish at least two times a week. Drink more water. Aim for at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Decrease your sugar intake. Don’t focus on dieting, focus on eating better and not over eating. Try to limit snacking when you may be bored vs. actually hungry. Focus some of your energy doing something kind for others. Spend more time doing things you love or start spending some time learning something new that you have always wanted to try.