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Walking With Ease

Wallowa County’s OSU Extension Office offers course, developedby Arthritis Foundation, which can reduce pain and improve health 

ENTERPRISE — Walking with ease just got easier through a class offered by Oregon State University.

Focusing on solutions to low vision problems

Anyone with low vision will tell you how devastating it is not to be able to perform daily tasks they once did effortlessly. However, low vision specialists and vision enhancing technology are now more readily available to patients living in Eastern Oregon.  

New facility caring for Wallowa County seniors

Enterprise — The Wallowa Valley Senior Living Center and Memory Care opened in June caring for some of the county’s most at need elderly.

Critical mass

Body Mass Index is the measurement of a personís weight in relation to his height. Though BMIís do not reveal the percentage of fat in the body, Dr. Nancy Findholt of OHSUís School of Nursing at EOU believes itís still the best indicator of obesity in children and teens. (Trish Yerges photo)

Collaborative project measures body mass index of Union, Wallowa county students

Oregon Health and Science University’s nursing faculty and students at Eastern Oregon University are calculating body mass indexes of students in grades K-8 in schools in Union and Wallowa counties as part of the SNACZ research study.  

Long-term care: Making decisions

Discussions about long-term care for the elderly are often postponed until action is unavoidable due to hospitalization from falls, medication mismanagement or malnutrition, says Pam Peyron, owner of Elkhorn Adult Foster Home in Baker City.

Fitting in with Aspergerís syndrome

Donovan Durfee of La Grande, left, plays the hyper-talkative Donkey in the musical comedy "Shrek." (Trish Yerges photo)

The Elgin Opera House may seem the most unlikely stage for someone who has challenges with social interaction, but that’s precisely where two “Shrek” actors with Asperger’s syndrome feel they fit in. 

Pulse of Elgin Health District beats $78,000 stronger, thanks to grant

ELGIN — The Elgin Health District’s board of directors made several landmark announcements recently. 

The benefits of yoga

Yoga teacher Adrienne Tyler, of Yoga Dawn in La Grande, encourages participants to ďopen their heartsĒ as they perform a series of poses during yoga class. (Trish Yerges/For The Observer)

Achieve self-realization through body-mind discipline 

Reconnecting body and mind through traditional yoga is the occupation and passion of integrated yoga therapist and instructor Adrienne Tyler of Yoga Dawn in La Grande. 

Wallowa County residents discuss health-care needs

WALLOWA — Big changes are coming to state and federal health care, and Wallowa County is being asked to help determine what its greatest needs are.

In a series of town halls this week in Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa, members of the Wallowa County Local Community Advisory Council asked residents to give feedback during an open forum and through a questionnaire.

Dental hygiene school has a new director

Lynn Harris, right, meets with students at the dental hygiene program of the ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande. Harris takes over as the programís executive director on Aug. 21. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Lynn Harris’ days of treating patients at prisons in Baker City and Pendleton are ending. 

The dentist’s days of working full time to help develop the skills of future dental professionals, however, are just beginning.

Harris has been named the new executive director of the dental hygiene program of the ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande.  

Dental hygiene school has a new director

Lynn Harris’ days of treating patients at prisons in Baker City and Pendleton are ending. 

Making positive strides

Video gait analysis can help runners get more from their workouts, while causing less stress on joints 

I am a morning runner, and a cool-weather runner.

The fire within

Dr. Mary Aiwohi ran the 100-mile Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Run July 20-21. The trails took her through mountain terrain and to elevations as high as 9,000 feet. (Jeff Hau photo)

Mary Aiwohi epitomizes the fiery inner force that impels ultra runners to achieve long distances over any terrain and through any weather conditions. 

Learn to move for better health

 Class explores a body and mind approach to gaining an awarenessof how one’s body moves

LA GRANDE — Licensed physical therapist assistant Scott Forrester of the Mountain Valley Fitness and Health center in La Grande is teaching a new class, “Awareness Through Movement.” 

Raising cancer awareness

Isabella continues to raise money for cancer-related organizations, including Bikers Fighting Cancer and Relay for Life. (Courtesy photo)

Relay for Life team member sparks hope in battle against the disease 

Isabella Evans fought cancer and won, and now she’s doing her best to help others survive the disease. She’s the co-captain of a Relay for Life team, helps raise money for Bikers Fighting Cancer and is instrumental in getting the Kids-Heal program started in Baker City. 

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