Indulging in Season’s Bounty with Berry Cobbler

By Jessica Linnell, Assistant Professor of Practice, Family & Community Health, Oregon State Extension, Tillamook County Looking at this recipe, you might be wondering: how does a berry cobbler fit in with Year of Wellness recipes for healthy eating? It certainly can, and here’s how: •Enjoy it in small amounts to avoid consuming excess calories, […]

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Colorful Spring Time Soup!

 By Debbie Braden-Lane, Branch Operations Specialist, Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook County Services This recipe is so quick and easy to make!  Not to mention healthy and inexpensive.  Let’s focus on some of the benefits of consuming spinach.  Spinach can be added to just about anything from green salads to soups, casseroles, eggs, smoothies and […]

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Visualize Whirled Peas … And Utilize Versatile Peas

  By Jessica Linnell, PhD, Family & Community Health, Oregon State University Extension Tillamook County When I think of peas, I think about how they are most often the boring sidekick to the meat and potatoes.  Growing up, any time we had steak and baked potatoes, or ham and mashed potatoes, there they were: a […]

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Adults Become More Positive with Age according to research

By Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW;   Janet is the Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist for Tillamook County and works for Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.  She can be reached at jholboke@gobhi.net May is Older Americans month and there is a lot to celebrate about growing older. Susan Charles and Laura L Carstensen, in their article Social and […]

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Spring Greens: Easy Ways to Make Salads Exciting

By DeDe Poynor, OSU Dietetic Intern, Oregon State University Dietetic Internship What are spring greens? They are the tender leaves of loose leaf cabbages, lettuce and other greens that are picked shortly after sprouting.  Most common are the lettuces: red leaf, green leaf and romaine.  Also included are members of the beet family, such as […]

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Communicating Your Health Needs – A Conversation with Helen Osborne

Wednesday May 3 at 9 am – 11 am North County Recreation District (NCRD) Theater Health literacy happens when patients and health care providers truly understand each other.  Learn about and share ways to more clearly and effectively communicate with your health care provider. Who should attend?  Patients, seniors, family members, healthcare providers, administrators, caregivers, […]

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Health Literacy: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

  by Heather White, Community Health Improvement Coordinator; Columbia Pacific CCO Two of the most common questions asked during a visit with a health care provider: “Do you understand?” “Do you have any other questions?” These standard questions are meant to give us as patients room to advocate for ourselves. Unfortunately, if you didn’t understand […]

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Cooking and Eating as a Family, Making Family Meals Matter

By Meghan Pientka, OSU Dietetic Intern, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council Among the most lasting and powerful traditions in family life is one that seems to have more impact than almost any other – the family meal. Family meals bring about family unity. Eating and talking together can help prevent behavior problems at home and […]

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