Food: Friends or Foes?

Food: Friends or Foes?

Nutritional recommendations may be a lot less certain than we think
The potato industry recently scored a big victory, in what sounds at first like a familiar story of Big Ag winning out over public health. Eight years ago, over allegations of insufficient nutritional value, potatoes were excluded from a government program that helps pregnant women and young children improve their diets.

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Farming Sense

More than a half-century of collective wisdom helps Tolstoy Farms thrive
Springtime found Stosh Jackowski hard at work shoveling manure from the bed of an old Dodge truck at Tolstoy Farms. At 75, he is both Tolstoy's oldest and longest continuous resident, having arrived in 1965.

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The Start of Something Big

Why is taking on an almost insurmountable challenge so irresistible to so many?
In the midst of the Inland Northwest's summer training season, trails, roads and waterways are full of people hoping to complete a marathon, a 100-mile-plus bike ride, a triathlon or the big daddy of them all, an Ironman. Hundreds of wannabe finishers are working toward big events that will tax stamina and determination.

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Table Talk

New advice on when to start solid foods
Like many toddlers, Cora Abdallah enjoys the occasional hot dog, but she isn't one to shy away from veggies or even the spicy flavors of Mexican or Indian foods. In the coming months, Spokane mom Ginny Abdallah will introduce Cora's 4-month-old brother, Michael, to solids, offering an array of nutritious foods in hopes Michael will be an adventurous eater like his sister.

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Healing Hearts

After a heart attack, cardiac rehab may be the best thing for you
Jeff Zeiger used to run 60 miles a week. He ate a mostly vegetarian diet, with a little fish for protein, and he hasn't used a salt shaker since 1980.

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In Her Footsteps

A century ago, an adventurous librarian started a walking club that would grow into a regional institution
The 100th walk started at the end of the North Adams streetcar line. It was the first truly warm Sunday in April, and the women wore brimmed hats against the spring sun.

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Destination: Health

Six regional getaways to boost your well-being
Vacations, especially active, exhilarating vacations, give back in many so many ways," says Dr. Karen Wheeler, a Coeur d'Alene licensed, clinical professional counselor. "I'm a great believer in getting off the grid."

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Choice Principal

Why Rogers High School's Lori Wyborney was named Washington's 2015 High School Principal of the Year
The chaotic din of hundreds of ninth and 10th graders fills the cafeteria at Rogers High School. Kids gossip back and forth, swipe through the latest social networking apps and chug cartons of chocolate milk.

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Noises in the Night

Uncovering the mysteries of "exploding head syndrome"
Slow and steady breathing. Eyes heavy and gritty.

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Breaking Out of Addiction

Teen girls find hope at Daybreak Youth Services
Cierra Alvarado was 14 years old when her boyfriend offered her meth for the first time. Three years later, she's in residential drug treatment at Spokane's Daybreak Youth Services.

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In Franklin's Footsteps

From the editor
How many times have you thought you should eat better, should make time for close friendships and date nights, should teach your kids more about community service, should finally make that commitment to forge ahead in your career? All those "shoulds" can add up to one big headache — often making me think I should just forget it and try to get through the day.

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Building Better Prosthetics

Research Files
Oscar Pistorius made history in 2012 by becoming the first amputee to compete in the Summer Olympics, finishing second in a 400-meter heat. Of course, Pistorius subsequently became infamous for shooting and killing his girlfriend, but for Craig McGowan, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho, Pistorius remains an example of the power of proper prosthetics.

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About Your Sleepy Teen

Ask Dr. Matt
Sleep is essential for many bodily functions, every bit as important as hydration and nutrition. In fact, if you go long enough without sleep — somewhere between and seven and 10 days — you will die.

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Allergy Relief?

Pill box
I am having a tough allergy season with all of the pollen in the air. Mostly I have an itchy and runny nose along with sneezing.

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Better Than Perfect

Life Coach
On a walk with my friend Gretchen, who calls herself a perfectionist, she blurted out, "I just finished a book, and you're a perfectionist too!" Perfectionism is the refusal to accept a result that is less than perfect — a power-driven, tireless approach to an unattainable goal.

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Adventure Expo

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Been dreaming of outdoor adventure but don't have the gear or the experience to even get started? Spokatopia has you covered.

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Attacking Heart Disease

Good Read
Jennie Johnson's father died of a massive heart attack in 1977. He was only 46 years old.

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