Latest Oregon Healthy Living Articles

Paddle Like a Polynesian

Paddle Like a Polynesian

Amidst varying opinions as to the origin of standup paddling, or SUP, no one disagrees that this versatile water sport is riding a huge wave of popularity. According to the Outdoor Foundation's 2013...
August Events Calendar

August Events Calendar

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Staying focused

Staying focused

As people age, their eyesight usually gets weaker, prompting visits to local pharmacies for non-prescription reading glasses. Prescription bifocals or trifocals might be added to the picture later.
Sleep Tight, Southern Oregon

Sleep Tight, Southern Oregon

Opened on April 23, Providence Medford Medical Center's new sleep lab is just one component of a larger effort to help patients sleep — and feel — better.
First Aid for Your Medicine Cabinet

First Aid for Your Medicine Cabinet

Open any traditional medicine cabinet and you'll likely find prescription and over-the-counter treatments for any number of ailments, such as heartburn and indigestion, cuts and burns, and cold and...
Ditching the Tasmanian Devil

Ditching the Tasmanian Devil

When Oregon Healthy Living held its "Terrible Tattoo Contest" that offered the winner free laser removal, dozens of readers responded with photos and sad stories of regrettable tattoos. After a lot...
Can you Eat Well on a Budget?

Can you Eat Well on a Budget?

It's a debate that's raging all over the place — from the Internet to the water cooler. Is it more expensive to eat healthy than not? The main argument you hear is that grocery prices are...
(Don't) Let the Sparks Fly

(Don't) Let the Sparks Fly

Sparklers — those seemingly harmless little fireworks sticks that kids love — can burn from 1,800F to 3,000F, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns and ignite clothing. Still...
Vein Pain

Vein Pain

If you are bothered by varicose veins, you are one of many. "It is estimated that 80 million Americans have some sort of venous insufficiency problem, and that over 50 million of those have varicose...
Paddling adventures

Paddling adventures

Pete Schaefers has loved the water since he was a kid, but it wasn't until he was 43 that the Coos Bay resident decided to try kayaking. He took a beginners' paddling class in 2003 at a local...
Loving Lavender

Loving Lavender

The lavender farms of Southern Oregon are blooming with soft purple color and sweet fragrance this month, drawing visitors on a peaceful journey.
30 Day Challenge Follow-up  —Where Are They Now?

30 Day Challenge Follow-up —Where Are They Now?

Armed with knowledge, effort and a little determination, a healthier lifestyle can be sustainable and our two January 2014 challenge volunteers are proving it. After six months, they are both still...
July Events Calander

July Events Calander

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Are You Crazy for Coconuts?

Are You Crazy for Coconuts?

Given the buzz about coconut oil, you would think it was just discovered yesterday. But the reality is that while the appreciation for all things coconut is relatively new in North America, coconut...
Providence Models  Healthy Food Choices

Providence Models Healthy Food Choices

The medical community has issued repeated warnings about the health risks associated with our population's current level of obesity. Super-sized portions, high fat and sugar-laden food choices are...
Are You Taking Risks  with Your Health?

Are You Taking Risks with Your Health?

From teeth to toes, we unwittingly abuse our bodies through habits that can cause injury, illness or permanent damage to our health from everyday behaviors that most people consider merely a part of...
To Be or Not to Be? Organic, That Is

To Be or Not to Be? Organic, That Is

The holy grail of healthful eating is believed to be the "Certified Organic" label. According to the Organic Trade Association, "Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains...
Growers Market Know-How

Growers Market Know-How

Growers markets abound here in Southern Oregon, and whether you opt for a quick in-and-out or prefer to linger, there are a handful of guidelines for making your trip as bountiful as it can be.
Cow-pooling

Cow-pooling

Do you know where the beef you buy from the supermarket comes from? Probably not. But if you buy it from a local rancher, you'll know exactly where it comes from, what it's eaten, and what it hasn't.
Hard & Dirty or  Easy & Colorful

Hard & Dirty or Easy & Colorful

The course is set on several acres of ranch land — obstacles including ropes and cargo nets to climb, barriers to scale, mud pits to crawl through and tunnels to slither in. Participants pace...