Our everyday movements — walking, reaching and even balancing – reflect the strength of our core. To build a strong foundation and ensure that other muscle groups can perform effectively, you need to start with your core. The best part is that a good core workout can fit into a busy schedule…

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For Jo Manning, there’s life before Oct. 21, 2019 — and life after.

It was on this date last fall that the Springfield City Council voted to approve a rezoning application — against the recommendation of its planning commission — that would seem to mean a certain end to a mobile home park where Manning lives.

According to a 2018 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled “Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability,” unless the world improves its consumption patterns and waste management practices, by 2050, there will be roughly 12 million metric tons of plastic litt…

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As states around the country open up after months of prolonged isolation due to COVID-19, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing tips to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease about how to protect their loved ones during the reopening process.

It seems obvious that road trips to places within a few hours of home will be what the majority of Americans will be doing for summer and fall travel plans. As we struggle through a second wave of COVID-19 positive cases the future of travel in general is uncertain, but based on what we have…

The equipment used for physical therapy does not need to be abandoned once you’ve completed your rehabilitation. It’s time to take these versatile pieces of equipment out of the closet and see that they can do so much more – particularly if you are short on storage space or traveling.

Does your next trip involve getting caught in a deep hole along the rushing Colorado River, summiting the highest mountains in Asia, or riding camels in the Sahara with two guides you just befriended?

During this long stay-at-home spring of coronavirus, people have increasingly turned to their local public library for book recommendations that help pass the time. Though library buildings closed, many staff continued working virtually, offering online library card registration, providing b…

If you’re Looking for an exotic bird, then look no further than Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon, an all-volunteer-based nonprofit whose mission is finding safe, loving homes for every bird. Based in Springfield, the organization also offers education and support to the communities it serves.

A strong relationship with your health care provider is critical to your overall health and well-being. Annual physical exams are important for everyone at any age. But for those on Medicare, the Annual Wellness Visit is equally important. The two sound the same, but they are quite different.

I can’t recall how I discovered the article in Pacific Horticulture Magazine. I can’t even tell you how long ago it was. But I can tell you that the subject matter was plants, specifically hardy Geranium and its relatives.

While one of the most enjoyable experiences of working from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may be the extra time you’ve spent with your cats, the downside may be their separation anxiety when you return to work.

For many of us, summer offers opportunities for additional reading time. If you have a library card, then you have access to digital books for free. With options for smart phones, tablets, kindle e-readers, and home computers, you can get e-books and downloadable audiobooks from home 24/7.

There is a 25-foot-tall Japanese maple tree growing by my backyard patio. It started as a tiny seedling that germinated from a seed that fell off the coral bark maple growing in the front yard.

At a certain point in the aging process, you may notice your joints getting a little stiffer and you may start to wonder if a joint replacement is in your future. The procedure is common and has helped millions of people overcome the disabling effects of arthritis, but how do you know when t…

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is seeking submissions of Portland-area outdoor cat enclosures and cat patios, or “catios,” to be featured on the Eighth Annual Catio Tour on Sept. 12.

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Like almost everything healthy, emotional check-ins take some effort at first. They may feel odd or awkward, and that’s OK. New things take practice.

May is National Bike Month and a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and practice social distancing — even when and if quarantines have been lifted.

When the call of the road compels you to pack up the car and head out for adventure, you’ll want to make sure you are feeling in tip-top shape when you get to your destination. The journey may be half the fun, but not if sitting in the same position for long periods of time leaves your body …

If you are concerned about our food system and its impact on animals, soil, water and air, you might consider eating a plant-based diet.

If your income has been affected by the “stay home” orders currently in place and you are struggling to find money to buy groceries, there is help available. Food pantries and meal sites are still operating in many locations across Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. You also may be eligible …

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What is the best thing a woman can do to battle cancer? Go running in the mud with dozens of enthusiastic supporters, of course.

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About a year ago, at age 90, she enlisted the help of James Ryan, MD, who replaced her hip at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “They did a beautiful job,” Carter says. “It was great to find myself in a quiet, private room and I loved the staff.”

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Time and time again, eager gardeners step into their gardens at the first sign of spring and step out of them with an achy wrist, an injured back and sore knees.

But with a few simple precautions and some before-and-after stretches, you can keep coaxing a healthy harvest out of the soil all season long.

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An innovative program titled ArtsCare, is run by Samaritan Regional Medical Center to help patients use their downtime in fun, creative ways. Artists and musicians spend time with patients and caregivers as they work through feelings about their illness and express themselves in new ways.

Though it’s a bit difficult to average, many studies point to around one pound of weight gain per year for Americans, and even higher for those over the age of 50.

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Edema is the medical term for swelling. It means there is extra fluid in the tissue. There are many ways in which the body can retain excess fluid.

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Authenticity at work has gained traction over the last few years. It requires self-awareness and, ultimately, vulnerability. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you foster greater self-awareness and authenticity.

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