Fat-tire bikes are opening whole new landscapes - and seasons - for cyclists

The Columbia Plateau route runs 150 miles from Pasco all the way up to the Fish Lake trail in Spokane.

Shut-Eye Strategies

Pillow power
As the new year unfolds, many of us have resolved to eat better and exercise more.

Are probiotics aimed at improving gut health worth the cash?

In case you're not familiar with probiotics, they're essentially live bacteria that are thought to promote a healthy gut and bestow various other benefits, including skin, urogenital and even mental health. As is typical in our culture, any idea that has some promise spawns new products attempting to capitalize on it.

The German Way to Parent

Free the children
It's time for freedom-loving Americans to re-examine just how much control we're imposing on our kids.

Practicing on the Palouse

Pullman Regional Hospital is aiming to train medical residents in rural family medicine via the Spokane Teaching Health Center, which is a partnership among Washington State University, Providence and the Empire Health Foundation. Under the partnership, residents will spend their first year in Spokane, and then their second and third years in Pullman, with the first two residents starting full-time training on the Palouse by mid-2020.

Hypertension Rising

New numbers
I saw something on the news that said that with a change in blood pressure guidelines, about half of all Americans now have high blood pressure.

Boosting the Boys and Girls Clubs

Big dreams
On any given day, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane County serve as many as 700 local youth, the majority of whom come from disadvantaged circumstances at home and who rely on the club's services for stability.

Merger Could Create Nation's Largest Health System

A Spokane-area medical group is in talks with St. Louis-based Ascension Health about a potential merger, according to a Wall Street Journal report from December, citing people familiar with the discussions. Providence St. Joseph Health and Ascension have been talking for months, according to the WSJ.

Culinary Color

Food events in the coming months
The Rainbow Diet

Your Own Action Adventure

Phone fun
With its amazingly evocative sound design, THE WALK, a new podcast by bestselling author Naomi Alderman, artfully places you, the listener, in the middle of the action.

Sally Vantress-Lodato revisits her worldwide bike ride, a trip that never really ended

Just over 30 years ago, in January 1988, Sally Vantress-Lodato pushed down on the pedal of her bicycle nicknamed "Buddy" for the first time. The resistance the novice cyclist felt from Buddy was "startling," but the diminutive then-30-year-old pedaled through the pain, learning how to balance the touring packs of gear strapped to the bike while quickly discerning that automobiles in New Zealand drove on the opposite side of the road than they did in her California hometown.


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