Friday, June 9, 2017

Our new issue is out now! Get your fruits and veggies on, and enjoy a 'free day' at Washington State Parks

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click to enlarge Think you're getting enough vegetables (and fruits) in your diet? You're probably not. - FULL CIRCLE
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Veg out!
Diet science is always evolving. Remember 2014’s 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse? Happily, that's behind us (no pun intended). But there is one thing scientists overwhelmingly agree on: Fruits and veggies are the foundation of a health diet, and we don't eat enough of them. Why is that? Find out in our new cover story, and also check out enticing, meat-free summer grilling recipes and tips.


Under pressure
A new study shows that blood pressure may be better controlled, with fewer side effects, by using small doses of two, or even four, medications. Worldwide, nearly 90 percent of people who are aware they have high blood pressure are treated with medication, yet only a third are able to get good control of their hypertension. Among the takeaways from a new Australian study that reviewed 42 other studies involving more than 20,000 people?

Taking a one-quarter dose of two meds may be as effective as a single full dose of a single med; four quarter-doses of four medications were nearly twice as effective as a single drug at a standard dose. Research is still preliminary, so don't go changing your meds without talking to your doctor.

From our archives: a blood pressure primer.


Free parking for a day
Just three days a year are “free days” at Washington State Parks, and this Saturday, June 10, is the first for 2017. (The other free days, when a Discover Pass isn’t required to use the parks, are Aug. 25 and Sept. 30.) Consider a day trip to Palouse Falls, especially spectacular in the spring and early summer, with water cascading nearly 200 feet. Be aware that the parking lot at the Falls can fill up quickly on busy weekends.

If you want a real workout, try the strenuous Three Peaks Loop, taking in Mt. Kit Carson, Day Mountain, and finishing, after nearly 13 miles, with a spectacular view of from the top of Mt. Spokane. If you've got other plans for Saturday, annual Discover Passes cost $33 and a one-day pass will set you back $11.

For more health-related information, check out the new issue of InHealth.
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