Health Care You Wear

Technology: Real-time reporting on your health and fitness, 24-7
Eye-popping and potentially lifesaving wearable fitness and health monitoring devices are storming into gyms, hospitals, swimming pools, physical therapy clinics, living rooms, even boxing rings. We're talking contact lenses, shirts, strap-on monitors, tights, shorts, glasses, necklaces, bras and more that will provide real-time feedback and an array of data to help your body become all it can be.

In Harmony

People: Any show that Last Chance For Gas plays is a donation of their time
Combined, they say they have about 200 years of experience playing music. But that doesn't mean the men of Last Chance for Gas are quitting their band any time soon.

Blooms of Joy

Charity Corner: Brightening days with flowers
Shawn Chamberlain clearly recalls the first seeds of thought for her now blossoming nonprofit. Three years ago, when the owner of Coeur d'Alene's Flower Bar Co. was volunteering in the gardens of the Hospice House of North Idaho, Chamberlain noticed a patient watching her work, a terminally ill mother whose family's life was about to change.

Food as Medicine

Cooking: Changing the notion of hospital food
Chef David McCampbell shares a story from his first month at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital about a woman's special meal request — biscuits and gravy — for her husband, who had less than a day to live. Later, the woman arrived in his office.

Not Green Enough?

Healthy Planet: Cannabis is legal in Washington state now; some want to make growing it safer and more sustainable
You might be surprised to learn that producing just over two pounds of marijuana indoors has the same carbon footprint as driving across the country 11 times in a car that gets 44 miles per gallon. "This is clearly a huge unattended problem," says Evan Mills, author of the 2012 Energy Associates study that revealed this comparison.

Adventures in DIY Shampoo

Healthy Beauty: Can you have a healthier head of hair by skipping off-the-shelf shampoo?
Americans love their hygiene routines; the majority of us shower daily out of habit or in fear of social ostracism. And those who don't engage in this quotidian practice often protect their dirty secret by denying it.

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