PART 2 – Mental Fitness Articles — Fight-or-Flight, or Mental Fitness

  By Rea Scovill, Ph.D. Fight-or-flight responses are reactions to danger, particularly life-threatening danger. They include: for fight, angry speech and physical or written confrontation; for flight, leaving the situation physically or through mental distancing and other forms of avoidance. They originated in early stages of human development, when life-and-death situations were frequent. At some […]

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YOW Tackles Tough Challenges – Mental and Behavioral Health, Addiction and More

May 16 – 21 National Prevention Week National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use. The overall theme for 2016 is “Strong As One. Stronger Together.” Explore the National Prevention Week website at   http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to learn more about how you can get […]

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Get on the Path to A Healthier You

If you quit smoking right now… Within 20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.1 Within 12 hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.2 Within 3 months: Your circulation and lung function improves.3 Within 9 months: You will cough less and breathe easier.4 After 1 year: Your risk of coronary […]

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Smokers Puts Pets at Risk

By DeAnna Pearl, M.A.T., B.S. Certified Prevention Specialist CBS Evening News – Date line April 21, 2015 “Chimp Can’t Kick Cigs” Sounds unreal right?   An adult chimpanzee is getting sicker and sicker from smoking cigarettes that are thrown in his habitat in a South African zoo. Pets are at the same risk in the […]

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Free support offered to quit tobacco

If you are ready to quit using tobacco or nicotine products, there is a new text message program that provides support. Through the Year of Wellness, the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization, and its partner organizations, CareMessage is offered free to residents of Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties. Tobacco cessation is one of the focus […]

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Chronic inflammation and food, body on fire

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Curing inflammation may well turn out to be the elusive Holy Grail of medicine.” William Joel Meggs, MD I know chronic inflammation it isn’t a soft and fluffy subject but it is a big issue that has been causing a lot of health problems in the western world.  What […]

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Rhubarb, the Beauty and the Beast

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Rhubarb and patience can work wonders.” Old German proverb Rhubarb is a bit of a venomous beast with beautiful delicious stalks. It is a rather dinosaur looking plant with long lovely red stalks and spiky big leaves. The red stalks are edible and are the darling of the pie […]

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Bounce or Splat: Building Resiliency

By DeAnna Pearl, Tillamook County Prevention Coordinator, Tillamook Family Counseling Center What does it take to build resiliency in ourselves?   What is resiliency? The official definition is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ole life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful. It’s important because this is […]

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Spring has sprung and so has the green garlic

  by Dana Zia, Golightly Gourmet “Until recently, green garlic never appeared in the market and was largely unrecognized by cooks.”  –Alice Waters Things are beginning to look up; I reek like garlic and it is 77 degrees. Sunny warm and my kitchen smells like garlic. Things couldn’t be better. Walking around my yard earlier […]

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