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The Dehydration Generation: Tips for Gen Xers to stay hydrated

August 08, 2017

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Learn how Gen Xers are at higher risk for dehydration and ways to stay hydrated in these final summer months.

Health Watch News Segment Features Optimal Aging

August 03, 2017
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Last month, Optimal Aging was featured in a news segment on Fox 12 Oregon. A current Optimal Aging client and his wife were interviewed along with Marika Rausa, Director, Consumer Strategy & Innovation, Optimal Aging.

The importance of breastfeeding and alternatives if you can't

August 02, 2017

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Maybe you’ve heard the rumors that breastfeeding isn’t necessary for your baby. Or perhaps you’ve heard that a bottle is the best way to get milk into your young one’s diet. Allow us to put these rumors to bed. Your baby absolutely needs your breast milk. Why? Breast milk provides babies with the right nutrition they need to develop. 

Twist and shout, ouch! Shin fractures and playground slides

July 31, 2017
Parents might not realize it, but thousands of children are hurt each year on the playground. Many injuries, especially shin fractures, occur on the slide. If your child is hurt on a slide, here’s what to watch for.

Are you predisposed to these genetic diseases?

July 27, 2017
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Whether you are predisposed through your relatives or because of your ethnic background, the truth is that some diseases are impossible to avoid. While this might be tough to take, the good news is that medicine is an ever-changing field so it's likely that treatments or programs are or will be available should you ever be confronted with genetic disease. There are many genetic diseases, though some are more common than others. Here's a glimpse into the most common genetic diseases today:

Organ donation: Know the facts

July 26, 2017
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Although 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 51 percent actually sign up as a donor. You can help fill that gap by donating an organ.

Equip your child for a lifetime of physical activity

July 21, 2017

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Time spent in childhood doing active play is valuable, helping to build lifelong habits. As caregivers and parents, we all want kids to grow up to be active, healthy adults. However, meeting the daily recommendation of at least one hour per day of physical activity may seem unreachable or too structured. As a registered dietitian, I suggest families approach physical activity the same way as healthy eating; by teaming up with their child.

Is it sarcoma or just a lump?

July 20, 2017
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July is sarcoma awareness month, and while it is less common than other cancers like breast, prostate, and colon cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates that 12,000+ sarcomas will be diagnosed in 2017. Many of us may have heard the word “sarcoma” at some point, and may even know that it’s related to cancer. But what is it, and should we be worried about it?

Are 'psychobiotics' the real deal?

July 19, 2017
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Reports in the past few years suggest that probiotics – the good bacteria you find in a cup of yogurt with “live and active culture” – can lower anxiety and improve your mood by actually altering your brain chemistry. As it turns out, this may be just another tale of mice and men.

The power of positive parenting

July 17, 2017
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Resilience and grit are the new character buzzwords that portend to predict future success among children and adolescents. But knowing the resulting characteristics we want to cultivate in children is simply stating the "what." It's also critical to show parents the "how."