Stop Hiding From Stress

Stop Hiding From Stress

Practical ways to tackle common stress-inducing situations
The holidays and new year can bring up all kinds of stress — from trying to meet heightened expectations, to worries over money, regret over missed opportunities, or even a general discomfort over "who and where we are and where and who we want to be in the next year." says Gonzaga University leadership program faculty member and life coach Christina Geithner. "The stress response is a natural response of living things when the challenge at hand exceeds our resources and capacities," says Geithner, who notes that stress can take a lot of forms.

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Wild About Berries

Food: Huckleberries shine in the creative flavor combinations of a North Idaho food business
Serendipity and family have both played a part in the sweet — and savory — success of Wildbeary, a North Idaho-based food products business making sweet and savory spreads, rubs and other flavorful concoctions with huckleberries. Charlene Shaver, a retired teacher, was impressed with Wildbeary Huckleberry Products, which was the name of the company from 2001-13, when Kris and Bob McIlvenna ran it out of their 315 Martini & Tapas and Greenbriar Inn bed and breakfast in Coeur d'Alene.

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A Blanket Cure?

Alt-Medicine: Weighted blankets may be comforting, but objective research into their effectiveness is lacking
We all enjoy a good hug every now and then, and that's the basic premise behind weighted blankets. It might also account for the surge in their popularity in recent years, which has given rise to an expanding cottage industry and a community of enthusiasts who tout their calming benefits.

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Homework Woes

Parenting: What's the right amount of afterschool work for kids?
Across the decades, homework has never been especially popular with students. That's something we can all agree on.

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Yoga Plus

Modern add-ons lure newbies to the ancient practice of yoga
Maybe you're curious about yoga, but a little intimidated by the quiet atmosphere and 360-degree exposure of your body as you attempt to do unfamiliar poses. Maybe a whimsical pairing of yoga with something more familiar would offer an appealing and approachable introduction to the practice.

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Benefits Package

The practice of yoga offers far more than increased strength and flexibility
Richard Semler describes himself as an active guy — he enjoys fly fishing, golfing and photography — but four years ago, he had to do something about his recurring back injury. Back surgery was an option, but he opted for yoga.

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Sliding to the Rescue

Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol has conducted mountain rescues for 80 years
When Ryan Berk's grandfather first joined the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol around 1950, rescuers scoured the frozen slopes without the help of cellphones, helicopter support or Gore-Tex. Story has it that Gordon Berk skied his first patrol shift in exchange for a free meal.

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Feel-Good Skin Care

Local options are a healthy alternative to cleansers with ingredients you can't pronounce
Sandy Tarbox, owner of Greencastle Soap Co., was an early arrival on the artisan soap-making scene. Like many who have come after her, she came to soapmaking as a result of a personal need: solving the problem of dry winter skin.

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Pinched for Resources

Rural hospitals in Washington state are shaking things up as they face an increasingly difficult financial environment
With the sun shining, fresh snow on the mountain, and skis cutting through the fresh powder, the morning couldn't be better. But then: an ache, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness.

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Supply Lines

Hospitals work to reduce waste — and save money — by selling unused inventory
Inside a sealed glass jar, a tiny white heart valve wastes away. The single valve, which looks a little like a pulled tooth with the roots still attached, costs between $5,000 and $8,000, says Murray Walden, president of the Spokane-based company H-Source.

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Help Where It's Needed

The newly expanded Providence House of Charity clinic diverts patients from the ER
For years, homeless people staying at the House of Charity shelter in downtown Spokane had few options for medical care. There was a medical clinic in the shelter, but it was only open a couple of days a week.

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Helping Heroes Heal

Join the discussion of how the humanities can help veterans coming home from war
As civilians, it can seem impossible to understand the true burdens of what it's like to serve in a war — how it hardens veterans' hearts and clouds their outlook on "normal" life when they finally come home. This emotional, mental and physical toll will be explored in a talk hosted by Humanities Washington, with author and Seattle Central College professor Jeb Wyman sharing his insight on the subject, drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Health Connections

Development: The business of health in Spokane is growing
Downtown Spokane's University District, home of Washington State University's medical school and the medical education partnership between the University of Washington and Gonzaga University, is starting to throw off sparks of development, both public and private.

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Minimize the Messes

From the editor: It's time to get creative
With the holidays and a brand-new year right around the corner, it's time to get creative. This issue of InHealth is bursting with ideas on moving beyond habits that may have served us well in the past, but could use a little freshening up.

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Gut Check

Pill Box: What about microbiomes?
I have been reading a lot lately about the gastrointestinal microbiome and its link to health. Are there medications that have damaging effects on the microbiome?

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Join in the Movement

Fitness: Let's get ready to expo!
New Year's resolutions beware: the annual Spokane Health and Fitness Expo is back, just days after January 1, to offer plenty of activities that'll entice anyone out there to actually stick to a new fitness regimen. It's also an event for which the athleisure wear trend is totally acceptable and encouraged, since there are plenty of reasons to get sweaty during fitness classes and other demos to test out new-to-you forms of exercise, including a climbing wall, barre, yoga and even martial arts.

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Winning With Walnuts

Superfood: Unleash the power
ATTRIBUTES: Walnuts' healthy combination of fat, protein and fiber in a small package makes them a satisfying snack, and a good replacement for sugary or salty treats.

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A Simple Path to Fitness

Life coaching: The small things can help a lot
On the one hand, fitness is quite simple: eat nutritious food and exercise regularly, On the other hand, taking care of our health takes more time and energy than many of us have to spare.

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Safe and Secure

Ask Dr. Matt: Firearms and suicide
I'm sure most of you reading this have either been in the McCarthey Athletic Center or have at least watched a Gonzaga game on TV.

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Stage for Schools

Charity Corner: Theater for a great cause
Spend a night at the theater to help local students stay in school as the Spokane Civic Theatre hosts a benefit performance of the farcical romance Cactus Flower in support of Communities in Schools of Spokane County. With a mission to aid local youth at risk of dropping out of the public education system, Communities in Schools last year helped more than 6,800 students stay on track toward high school graduation and a bright future.

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