Get family's eating back on track

By Camille Chandler for The Columbian January 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Now that the holiday celebrations and pumpkin pies are behind us, it's time to return our families to some semblance of healthy eating. Most of us have a pretty good idea what that is — and isn't. But those holiday eating habits are awfully hard to give up cold turkey. Going from months of feasting with abandon to total deprivation could spark rebellion around the table. So I suggest a gentler and more fun approach.

Try these recipes for diabetic-friendly holiday meal

November 25, 2013 11:10 a.m.

Here are some great Thanksgiving/Fall type recipes that are very friendly for diabetics…and look quite tasty.

Help illustrate a day in life with diabetes

By Lauren Bryan for The Columbian November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

During American Diabetes Month this November, the American Diabetes Association is asking the community to submit a personal image to the association's Facebook mosaic representing what a day in the life of diabetes means to them to showcase the extraordinary effort it takes to live a day with diabetes.

Local family's life with diabetes

By Brad Bell for The Columbian September 16, 2013 6 a.m.

It's been more than four years since our youngest son, Blake, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes — 48 months, and at least 12,000 finger pricks to test blood-sugar level, since the doctor identified his weight loss and constant thirst as classic symptoms of that disease.

Wellness summit gives Nautilus program boost

By Rebecca Fancher, Jeff Bunch and Leah Fisher for The Columbian August 26, 2013 6 a.m.

Health care costs continue to soar, driven in large part by ongoing, preventable health conditions. Employers can play a key role in supporting employees in their efforts to live healthy lifestyles and reverse ballooning health care expenses by creating a culture of wellness at work.

Cuckoo for coconuts? Hold on

By Jamie Libera for The Columbian August 5, 2013 6 a.m.

My patients ask me about coconut oil all the time. They see talk shows and websites claiming that it helps with everything from losing weight to preventing diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease and a host of other ailments.

Benefits of breastfeeding often overshadowed by lack of acceptance

By Tricia Mortell, Clark County Public Health July 29, 2013 12:17 p.m.

The Clark County Breastfeeding Coalition is sponsoring several local events for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7. This year's event has a “Close to Mothers” theme that emphasizes the importance of family, friends and peers to successful breastfeeding.

Concussions remain common

By Aaron Anderson, M.D. for The Columbian July 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury that may occur when the head hits an object or a moving object strikes the head. A concussion is usually caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that affects how the brain functions.

Eating outside this summer? Keep it safe

By Don Strick for The Columbian July 22, 2013 6 a.m.

Summertime and the living is easy, particularly for bacteria that thrive on food that's improperly prepared or stored. And when it's hot, bacteria that cause foodborne illness can multiply quickly.

Cancer society sets Relay for Life, community study

By Gretchen Renggli for The Columbian July 15, 2013 6 a.m.

The American Cancer Society celebrates its 100th birthday by honoring cancer survivors at the Relay For Life of Vancouver. More than 100 survivors are expected to attend and participate in the relay festivities, including a catered luncheon from Chuck's Produce and Street Market.

Here's how to guard skin from summer sun

By Providence Medical Group for The Columbian July 8, 2013 6 a.m.

After months of unrelenting precipitation and thick cloud cover, the first signs of sun beckon like a siren song. Just this once, you think, I'll forego the sunscreen and get my healthy glow on. What harm can a few lovely UV rays do?

Dangers can be abundant when beating the heat in cool water

By Don Strick, Clark County Public Health July 1, 2013 6 a.m.

The heat that's making a return to Clark County is sure to boost attendance at Clark County's regional parks, where residents and visitors go to swim, boat and enjoy the water. But even on hot days, many rivers and lakes in Southwest Washington remain very cold in early summer.

SummerSLAM to fill hungry bellies

By Jessica Lightheart for The Columbian June 24, 2013 6 a.m.

For the past 10 years, Share has been feeding hungry children during the summer. When a child is no longer focused on an empty stomach, research shows improvement in academic performance and overall health.

Adventure guide your passport to summer fun

By Anne Johnston, Clark County Public Health June 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Looking for a way to keep your kids healthy and active this summer? Give them a Vancouver Summer Adventure guide: a passport to free or low-cost community activities and summer fun.