St. Charles Health System
Mexican Vegetable and Beef Skillet Meal

Each serving (this makes eight) has just 140 calories and 6 grams of fat, and is a good source of protein and vitamins A and C. Make it a meal and serve with sliced fruit and a glass of low-fat milk.


A change in practice: Essential oils become part of St. Charles family birthing experience

Mel Cornis has been a registered nurse for 24 years. But in 2009, she started to feel a little burned out and was thinking of switching careers.

"I needed a way to reignite my passion for nursing," Cornis said. "I had become a nurse who was very task oriented and I didn't feel like I was really connecting with my patients."

Cornis worked in the Family Birthing Center at St. Charles Bend at the time and she met a doula — an independent contractor who some families hire to help as a coach during birth — who used essential oils in her practice. Cornis said she loved going into those patient rooms because they smelled so good and the use of the oils — which are plant based — seemed calming and therapeutic to all involved in each case.


Health alert: Smokey air can trigger respiratory problems

With nearly 100,000 acres on fire in Oregon, smoke is in the air — and a health threat to everyone.

So what should you do?

Smokey air should be avoided, especially by people who are at highest risk: Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children.


A circle of support

Pregnancy circle program brings expectant moms together

When Dr. Ann-Bridget Bird was practicing in North Carolina, she worked with a certified nurse midwife to start a program her patients came to love.

Now that Bird has relocated to Central Oregon, she is hoping to build a similar program for patients at St. Charles OB/GYN in Redmond. The idea is known as a pregnancy circle and it brings moms expecting babies born in the same month together for their regular prenatal check-ups.


Mark your calendar: For the Health of It! on Sept. 24 at Bend Senior Center

Be sure to check out For the Health of It!, a health and wellness fair featuring a community barbecue, local service providers, fitness demonstrations, food tasting, health screenings, nutritional supplement samples and demonstrations, as well as an opportunity to interact with the vendors.

Many of St. Charles' service lines will also be at the event, including:

  • Cancer Center
  • Heart & Lung Center
  • Home Health
  • Orthopedics and Neurosciences
  • Sleep Center
  • Stroke
  • Community Education
  • Diabetes and Nutrition Services

For the Health of It! will be held Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Bend Senior Center, 1600 SE Reed Market Road. See you there!

Featured class of the month: NEW Start Health Improvement Program

NEW Start (Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness) is a health improvement program emphasizing nutrition, exercise and total wellness. Learn to overcome obstacles and achieve good health.

This program includes two individual meetings with a registered dietitian and eight weekly group meetings. Topics range from cleaning up food choices to eating on the go, grocery shopping and more.

FYI: The class meets at Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. from Sept. 18 through Nov. 6. Class size is limited and the fee is $190. Register here.

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