On Fire about Fermentation

By Lauren M. Kraemer, MPH, Extension Family & Community Health, Oregon State University/Wasco County Extension and Nancy Kershaw, Extension Family & Community Health/4-H Youth Development Faculty, Oregon State University/Tillamook County Extension Fermentation is one of the easiest methods of preserving food and boasts the most health benefits, least energy consumption, and most variety and room […]

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Perfect Picnic Salad to Enjoy with Seasonal Vegetables, Fresh Air

  Are you planning a backyard barbecue or picnic? This recipe is great for a crowd! Recipe Source: Food Hero http://foodhero.org Number of servings:  12 Time for preparation (including preparation and cooking): 10 minutes Ingredients: 1/4 cup vinegar 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons oil 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper (optional) 6 cups canned beans, […]

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A Way Out of the Fog

By Ginny Gabel, RN, Community Wellness Education, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Fog was settling all over the town, dark, thick and overwhelming, making the street lights barely visible. Voices without faces were calling out in alarm and sounds of people crashing into garbage cans for lack of visibility were heard from everywhere. It was 4 […]

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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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