Thrive May Edition

Beet Relish

  • 2 large golden beets roasted in the oven, peeled and diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced thin and poached in white wine
  • 2 T. diced red onion
  • 1 T. virgin olive oil
  • 1 T. sherry vinegar
  • 3 basil leaves sliced thin
  • 1 t. lemon zest

Toss the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. Makes a good accompaniment for salmon, chicken and lamb. 

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Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. Yet most Americans don’t consider stroke a major health problem.
Being able to identify the symptoms of stroke is important. Patients who arrive at the emergency room within three hours of their first symptoms tend to have less disability three months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.
This month—American Stroke Month—is an annual opportunity to get the word out about the prevalence of stroke, and importantly, how to recognize when someone might be having one.
Remembering the symptoms of stroke is easy if you think FAST:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech difficulty
  • Time is critical—call 911

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A group of Central Oregon physicians has together created a new High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, an important new service that will help reduce women’s risk of breast cancer and promote early detection of the disease.
Starting June 1, Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC), Central Oregon Radiology Associates (CORA), St. Charles Cancer Center and board-certified breast surgeons Drs. Andy Higgins, Gary Frei, Erin Walling and John Land will begin offering services aimed at identifying and educating women who have a higher-than-population risk for breast cancer.
Through an intake questionnaire given at the time of breast cancer screening, women who are identified as having a higher than 20 percent lifetime risk of developing the disease will qualify for further evaluation at the High-Risk Breast Cancer Clinic. 

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Heaven Can Wait, a 16-year tradition in Central Oregon and one of the largest 5K races in the region, is going to be held on June 7 in Drake Park in downtown Bend. The event raises money for Sara’s Project, a breast health education and outreach partnership through St. Charles Foundation.
Celebrated each year on National Cancer Survivor’s Day, Heaven Can Wait draws thousands of participants clad in pink gear in honor of their own cancer survivorship or the cancer journey of a loved one.
Colleen Moyer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 45, describes her experience as surreal. “My husband tells people, ‘My wife has breast cancer,’” Moyer said. “And I think, ‘She does?’”

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Access to rehab services now available in cancer center
For about the past five years, Meredith Wampler-Kuhn has been interested in starting a rehabilitation program focused on helping cancer patients.
Her vision is now a reality at the St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend where two rooms have been dedicated to providing physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy to patients in the same location as their cancer treatments.
“About 10 years ago I did some clinical research on balance impairments in patients with breast cancer,” said Wampler-Kuhn, a physical therapist who has worked for St. Charles for the past two years. “I can’t believe I’m finally getting a chance to implement all of these ideas.”

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NEW Start, a total health improvement program (Redmond)
NEW Start—nourishment, enjoying movement and wellness—is a total health improvement program addressing general health as well as weight concerns through relationship with food and nutrition, movement and wellness practices. Learn to overcome obstacles and achieve good health through this program, which includes two individual meetings with a registered dietitian and eight weekly group meetings.
The class meets on Mondays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., June 1 through July 20, in the Ponderosa conference room at St. Charles Redmond.
Registration is required and space in these groups is limited, so sign up now.

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