Understanding Heart Attacks

February 13, 2024

Hello, health enthusiasts! Today, let's dive into a topic that might seem serious, but guess what? It doesn’t have to be. The topic is heart attacks. We know this may not be a topic that people are excited to read about, so we'll try to make this discussion light and informative! Understanding Heart Attacks Let’s start with a better understanding of what a heart attack is. A heart attack, or myocardial ...

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American Heart Month

February 5, 2024

February is American Heart Month, which aims to intensify awareness about cardiovascular health and ultimately prevent heart disease. The grim reality is that heart disease is the primary cause of death in the United States - which should compel all of us to prioritize our cardiac well being. But this is not just about awareness, the goal is real and impactful steps toward maintaining a healthy heart. American Heart Association Initiating a concentrated educational campaign on ...

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The Hydration Hustle

January 23, 2024

Everyone knows the importance of staying hydrated but sometimes it becomes difficult to remember to drink water. We live in a world where everyone seems to be on the go. But even active people find it easy to forget to sip on water throughout the day - resulting in mild or even more severe dehydration. Water is truly a wellness elixir, fueling our bodies, enhancing energy levels, and keeping us at the top of our game ...

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Winter Storm Tips

January 19, 2024

Power outages caused by storms can leave individuals and families without electricity, water, or heat and can be devastating the longer the outage lasts. Below are some things we should all know as we face power outages like we have in the Portland area recently during recent storms. 1. Thermal Management: Thermal management is a fancy term that describes the things we use to maintain temperatures in their desired range. If a power outage happens ...

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The Importance of Mental Wellness

January 12, 2024

Mental Wellness Month is a chance to recognize that mental health is just as crucial as our physical well-being. This becomes especially important during the chilly winter months, and it's even more challenging in places like the Pacific Northwest where less sunshine can make things a bit tougher (and even downright gloomy). 1. The Importance of Mental Health: Mental Health is really the unsung hero of our overall well-being. It's like the puppet ...

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Digital Detox for Mental Well-Being

December 27, 2023

Understanding the Impact of Excessive Screen Time  In our digital age, we find ourselves immersed in screens for work, entertainment, and social interactions. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to screens has been linked to various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. The blue light emitted by screens can disrupt our circadian rhythm, affecting the quality of our sleep. Moreover, the constant stream of information and social comparison on social media platforms can contribute to ...

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Maintaining Fitness During a Pacific NW Winter

December 27, 2023

Greetings to our Pacific Northwest community! As winter sets in, the allure of cozy indoor retreats can be compelling. However, we’re here to encourage you that there’s more to this season than mere hibernation. In this guide, we’ll explore practical ways to stay active, maintain your well-being, and relish the beauty of our region, even amid colder temperatures. Let’s delve into some thoughtful ideas to keep winter lethargy at bay.  Embrace ...

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Embracing Winter Wellness

December 5, 2023

As winter descends on the Pacific Northwest, the region undergoes a transformation marked by misty landscapes and cool temperatures. While the season brings unique charm, it also ushers in health challenges that we Northwesterners must navigate. Staying well during the winter months involves a combination of mindful practices and adaptation to the conditions of our region. Below is a concise ‘guide’ to assist us as we transition through fall into winter. Nourishing Nutrition Fresh local ...

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Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

November 22, 2023

Gratitude’s Impact on Mental Health Beyond normal conversational niceties, expressing genuine gratitude profoundly influences mental health. Numerous studies consistently link regular gratitude to a significant reduction in stress and depression. It should also be noted that a grateful mindset extends beyond mere positivity; it represents a cognitive shift, reframing perceptions from a sense of lack to a sense of abundance. This shift not only increases general resilience but also fosters a sustained positive outlook ...

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3 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

November 17, 2023

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, many of us look forward to indulging in delicious meals and spending quality time with loved ones. While the traditional Thanksgiving feast often includes rich and calorie-laden dishes, it’s entirely possible to create a spread that is both indulgent and healthy. In this blog post, we’ll explore three mouthwatering recipes that not only celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving but also prioritize your health and well-being. 1. Roasted Brussels ...

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