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."
Whether on your own or with family, ROW's backcountry rafting offers thrills and reflection
World-wide adventure tour operator ROW has its roots firmly planted in Idaho and recently developed River Soul Journeys to take the wilderness rafting experience to an even deeper spiritual level. You'll spend the day paddling a stunning Idaho backcountry river — alternating between adrenaline-pumping Class IV rapids and nap-inducing ripples — and the dusk stretching through yoga poses beneath a canopy of pine trees.
Unleash your inner cowgirl at Red Horse Mountain Ranch
If your idea of a vacation involves combining a bit of adventure with a hearty dose of pampering, your ultimate getaway might be a ladies-only, weeklong escape at a guest ranch surrounded by 300,000 acres of Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Red Horse Mountain Ranch, two hours east of Spokane and 10 miles from Harrison, Idaho, has been hosting wannabe cowboys and cowgirls since 2005.
Hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula beckon after a day of wilderness recreation
Sticking up like a hitchhiker's thumb west of Puget Sound, Washington's Olympic Peninsula thrusts a mind-boggling array of outdoor adventures your way. More than 900 miles of hiking trails meander through the peninsula's Olympic National Forest and neighboring Olympic National Park.
Get a total body reboot in the mountains near Nelson, B.C.
If you've ever wanted to remove yourself completely from the proximity of your well-stocked refrigerator — and your life — a luxury fitness boot camp might be the answer. The terms "luxury" and "boot camp" are seldom uttered in the same sentence, but that's exactly what you can expect at Mountain Trek, 45 minutes from Nelson, British Columbia.
Adventure Cycling offers escapes for families and serious athletes
Lycra and helmets, sore buns and quads, wheels spinning over some of the country's most gorgeous back roads — it's an intriguing combination, one that Adventure Cycling has been orchestrating and guiding for nearly 40 years. You don't have to be prepping for the Tour de France to have a grand cycling adventure.
At Sakura Ridge Farm, city folk connect with the land
Not all back-to-nature vacations need to involve working up a sweat or ranking your pucker factor on a scale of one to 10. Sometimes getting back to nature is as simple as going down to the farm.
From catching to cooking, local fish can be a healthy choice
It's no fish tale:
Eating fish is healthy in numerous ways. A vital source of protein, many species of fish also provide essential omega-3 fatty acids that the American Heart Association recommends for reducing risk of heart disease.
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Why a healthy mouth may help keep the rest of you in good shape
At the Denny Murphy Clinic, operated by the Community Health Association of Spokane, receptionists call out the names of people sitting in the packed waiting room whose one common feature is their pensive expressions. As their names are called, they rise from their chairs and are ushered into the dental clinic, where staff do something that seems to have nothing to do with teeth: they take the patient's blood pressure.
In the fight against hospital infections, the latest innovation isn't high-tech — it's copper
Depending on the light, you may not even notice it. But look closely, and the handicap access buttons that open doors inside Pullman Regional Hospital shine with an unmistakably rosy hue.
Basically, Empire Health Foundation is trying to make everything better
With the sale of Deaconess and Valley hospitals to Tennessee-based Community Health Systems in 2008, a nonprofit was spun off: Empire Health Foundation. The goal?
Employee wellness programs are on the rise, and Spokane is no exception. But can employers actually improve the health of their workers?
At the Spokane Regional Health District, there are no salty or sugary snacks in the vending machine, which is instead stocked with whole wheat crackers in the shape of bunnies and organic milk to wash them down with. There's a basket that employees can drop a dollar into and pick up a piece of fruit.
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Scores of confident and healthy 8-to-12-year-old girls will be taking over the Negative Split 5K in April thanks to the nonprofit organization Girls on the Run. The 10-week afterschool program has been working with elementary schools in the area to promote healthy lifestyles and teach valuable lessons to elementary-aged girls to prepare them for high school and beyond.
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