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Melanie Carvell: Making Wellness Fit

Melanie Carvell: Making Wellness Fit

July 14, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 6 “Oh boy, we’re going to exercise!” No kidding: that’s what I heard a little boy — about 4 years old — say enthusiastically to his pal and to the adult who was holding both their hands. Bella and I, out for our daily dog walk, were headed toward the… Continue Reading

A Hole in My Brain

A Hole in My Brain

May 12, 2016, Vol.14, Issue 5 May is Stroke Awareness Month, and I couldn’t be happier to introduce you to a stroke survivor, Gordon Viggiano and his wife, Jill, both of whom I greatly admire and respect. They live right here in my town, Lake Oswego, Oregon, so I’ve attended a couple of their local… Continue Reading

Grit, Grace and Gratitude

Grit, Grace and Gratitude

March 31, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 4 As longer days return and the flowers burst through in all their glorious shapes and colors, it’s tempting to focus on summer fun. And . . . it’s also time to get those fall women’s wellness and breast cancer awareness event speakers lined up. October dates are particularly hot.… Continue Reading

Humor to the Rescue

Humor to the Rescue

March 4, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 3 There are some things in life that are more difficult to talk about than others — suicide, depression and mental illness among them. Yet they are social issues that affect our families, communities and institutions. Mental health issues affect people at home and at work, and on a larger… Continue Reading

Smart Fats for a Healthy Heart

Smart Fats for a Healthy Heart

Feb. 9, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 2 Happy Heart Health Month! The Internet has made it easy to find information — and it’s often overwhelming, especially when it comes to the latest and greatest diet and nutrition “help.” There’s so much hoopla and promotion out there — at least in my Inbox — that I exercise… Continue Reading

Saving the Meeting with Laughter

Saving the Meeting with Laughter

Jan. 22, 2016 Vol.14, Issue 1 After a whirlwind holiday season, and now getting beyond the New Years resolution stage, I am glad to be returning to some sense of normalcy. For me that means back to business and a somewhat regular schedule. After my hip replacement in September, I’m back to yoga three early… Continue Reading

Talking Turkey About Family Health

Nov. 19, 2015 Vol.13, Issue 11 You’ve probably sat in a health provider’s waiting room filling out paperwork, and all of a sudden you’re faced with unexpected questions about your family’s medical history. Do you have all the answers? I know that I’ve usually come up short because no one had told me (beyond the… Continue Reading

Retreat Re-Entry: Making It Count

Retreat Re-Entry: Making It Count

Nov. 5, 2015 Vol.13, Issue 10 It’s hard to keep an active person down, but surgery will do it. I didn’t mean to disappear from your In-Box, but I forgot what it takes to heal from surgery. Lots of rest. I got a new hip in mid-September, which I was very excited about — Hip,… Continue Reading

Movin’ & Groovin’

Movin’ & Groovin’

Aug. 27, 2015, Vol.13, Issue 9 Exercise as a pathway to health — as well as weight loss — is often in the news headlines. I was already planning this article about Polly Pitchford’s new presentation  — The Evolution of Exercise — when I spotted this headline on the American Cancer Society website:  “Exercise May… Continue Reading

Which Diet is Better, Vegan or Paleo?

Which Diet is Better, Vegan or Paleo?

July 31, 2015, Vol.13, Issue 8 One of the qualities I most admire in a speaker is curiosity and the willingness to dive deeper into a topic. That may even mean becoming the subject of her own research, and that’s exactly what Zonya Foco did to prepare for her hot new topic, Diet Smack-Down: Vegan… Continue Reading

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