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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.

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.

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.

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…

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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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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.

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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.

There is no cure for diabetes, but “game changing” technology and breakthrough medications are altering the treatment of this disease that affects nearly one-third of all older adults.

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Whenever I visit a plant nursery, my mood is immediately improved, and I feel really good. I’m excited and giddy and my eyes go rapid fire from one thing to another, taking in the character and beauty of my surroundings. It’s the joy of just being there.

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Syndee West wanted to enroll in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program with her father, but his disease was too advanced for the program, which serves people with prediabetes.

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Jim Cline had just achieved a personal best on the strider machine at the SamFit gym in Newport. The next thing he knew, he was waking up in the Emergency Department. After being told he’d had a heart attack, he asked to call his wife. The doctor dialed the phone and handed it to Jim.

Librarians love reading and talking about books. You’d think that goes without saying. But at the Eugene Public Library, visitors who approach staff don’t always seem sure of this.

Our new year is off to a great start and the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program wants to remind Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about other enrollment periods they may be able to use to switch plans before the next Medicare Annual Election Period b…

Even avid readers can have dry spells, endlessly searching for something good to read. Getting reading recommendations from friends is an option, but you might have vastly different tastes. Another option is to let the robots at Amazon tell you what to read (and buy), but we hope it hasn’t c…

I confess, I’ve always got a few gardening books on the table, waiting for me to read and review. During the warm weather months, I am too busy to do them justice. But now, with the holidays behind us and spring not quite here yet, it seems the perfect time for armchair gardening. I love the…

Whether you are a full- or part-time caregiver, these can be difficult times. Dr. Vinay Saranga of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry offers the following tips to make those difficult times a bit easier.

As an executive with a humanitarian organization, Donni Pitzl of Newport traveled frequently across the globe, mostly throughout Africa, honoring world leaders who embodied the Golden Rule. This is a rule of ethical conduct that embraces treating others with the same respect and dignity one …

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