Being Active: One of the Keys to Cancer Prevention

By Michelle Jenck, M.Ed., Coordinator, Tillamook County Year of Wellness Cancer has touched almost everyone’s life in some way.  Either we have personal experience or know someone who has battled the disease.  I recently asked a group of high school students how large a role they thought genetics played in a person’s chances of getting […]

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Strawberry and Cucumber Salad

An easy summertime side dish with in season cucumbers and strawberries that everyone will enjoy! Recipe Source: Food Hero http://foodhero.org Number of servings:  4 Time for preparation (including preparation and cooking): 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 tablespoons nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon onion […]

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The Mighty Calorie and a Mighty Good BBQ Bean Recipe

By Michelle Jenck, M.Ed., Coordinator Year of Wellness Calories are a pretty big deal.  If we don’t consume enough of them, we starve.  If we get too many, we gain weight.  Both can have very serious health consequences over time.  Getting the ideal number of calories is the goal but that is easier said than […]

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Feeding the soul with garlicky, cheesy grits

By Gregory Lum, Dietetic Intern, Oregon State University Let’s do a little thought experiment. Take a deep breath, and think about “healthy food.” What comes to mind? Any particular foods or styles of cooking? I’ll bet Southern soul food wasn’t the first thing you thought of. After all, most people would think of foods like […]

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Shake Up Your Dairy Routine with Ricotta Cheese

  By Jessica Linnell, Assistant Professor (Practice), Family & Community Health, Oregon State University Extension Service June is dairy month!  Dairy is an important part of a healthy eating because it provides calcium, potassium, magnesium and other important nutrients. If you’re looking for something different to mix up your usual dairy routine, try ricotta cheese.  […]

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Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

By Jessica Linnell, Assistant Professor of Practice, Family & Community Health, Oregon State University Extension Recipe Source: Food Hero http://foodhero.org Number of servings:  6 Time for preparation (including preparation and cooking): 20 minutes Ingredients: 3 cups  uncooked whole wheat pasta 1 cup  chopped broccoli 1 cup  peeled and diced cucumber 1 cup  sliced summer squash 3/4 cup Italian salad […]

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June Safety Month — Beach Fun, Safety First

By Justin Mock, Wellness Coordinator, Adventist Health After a long, rainy winter, we are all ready for some sunshine and outdoor activity. And one of the best places to do that is the beach. But before you dive into those icy blue depths, be sure to run through this safety checklist from Eric Swanson, Executive […]

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Choosing and Storing Farmer’s Market Produce

By Allyson Gardner, Access to Local Food Program Coordinator & Rachel Pettit, Farm to School Program Coordinator at Food Roots As the days become warmer and the sun shines more often, local farmers are busy getting ready for farmers market season! All of the farmer’s markets in Tillamook County are a great place to do […]

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Plan Ahead when Kayaking or Paddle Boarding

The following information includes excerpts from the Water Trail Guides produced by the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP).  Guides are available online at www.tbnep.org or by contacting TEP at 503-322-2222. Every year, many people underestimate the power and danger of conditions on the water and are not adequately prepared for water recreation.  Proper planning is essential […]

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Chill Out with Fresh Shrimp Gaspacho

By Laura Swanson No matter how you spell it — Gaspacho or Gazpacho — it’s a deliciously easy summer time picnic meal that sounds exotic and gourmet. It does have lots of flavor, is packed with veggies, but the most “difficult” part is chopping, and waiting for the soup to chill. Gaspacho, originating in Spain, […]

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