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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.