26 Apr Hiking Mindfully

Spring is here and it's time to get outside. Inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest are beginning to come out of their lairs. Now is a great time to dust off your walking shoes and go for a hike. Here are a few tips for being mindful on a hike too reap even more health benefits. Pause before you start: By the time you get to the trailhead, you may be so eager to get moving that you bring the hustle and bustle of your life on to the hike. Try taking a moment to pause before you start. Set your intentions,...

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01 Feb Surviving Winter Fatigue

Wow! What a winter it's been in the Northwest. The Portland area has been hit with more winter storms this year than usual. We saw several snow and ice events before the holidays, the biggest snow storm in 37 years to usher in the new year, and more winter weather on the way. Portland Public Schools have been closed nine days this season and many people have lost work. Needless to say, it has been a disruptive winter in the city and by now many of you may be experiencing the stress of winter fatigue. Here are a few tips to...

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15 Jun Health Benefits of Gardening: Guest Blog from Dr. Sabra Royer, ND

What comes to your mind when you think of being in nature? Maybe it’s a specific place or activity that you enjoy. For people who are drawn to the outdoors, some of the health benefits of spending time outside are intuitive. Research has shown that spending time in nature can be beneficial for people with a variety of conditions from diabetes and hypertension to stress, anxiety, and depression. In short, being in nature can improve both mental and physical health. Gardening is an easy way to spend time outdoors, and besides producing food or natural beauty, it may have some specific health benefits....

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