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Gratitude Can Boost Your Relationship

Published: November 11, 2021

When you’re counting your blessings this Thanksgiving, you can also give your relationship a boost. A genuine expression of appreciation and gratitude to your spouse or partner, not only for all that they do, but for who they are, can mean a lot. University of California Berkeley psychologist Amie Gordon has conducted many studies on […]

How to Set Fitness Goals

Published: October 26, 2021

Cooler weather is here, which means many of us are spending more time indoors. And that begins the annual cycle that we get caught up in: Cooler weather equals less time outside, equals less exercise, equals decreased motivation to get back into it. Throw in the winter holidays and all the great food, and it’s […]

Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners

Published: September 9, 2021

No matter where you live, there’s always the possibility that a natural or human-caused emergency will force you from your home. You may already have an emergency plan and a kit or “go bag” for yourself, but what about your pets? Your pet is an important member of your family, and it should be included […]

Are Leafy Greens the Fountain of Youth?

Published: August 10, 2021

The mythical fountain of youth may take many forms in people’s imagination, but not … kale. Or mustard greens. But maybe it should? Consider this: Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago studied a group of almost 1,000 older adults, and found that those who ate green leafy vegetables every day experienced a slower […]

Enjoy the Bounty at Local Farmers Markets

Published: July 15, 2021

We’re surrounded by productive farms here in Yakima, and summer is a great time to check out the offerings at our local farmers markets! Here’s what you’ll find: The freshest produce. Fruits and veggies at the grocery story may have traveled long and far before they show up on the shelf. Having been bred, packaged and […]

Make Brain Health A Priority as Life Returns to Normal

Published: June 9, 2021

Many Americans are looking forward to resuming their lives and returning to normal this summer. This June, during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging all Americans to make brain health an important part of their return to normal. “The past year has been extremely challenging for most Americans,” said Beth Kallmyer, […]

Know Your Risks for Skin Cancer

Published: May 13, 2021

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a good reminder about precautions we should take not just in the summer months but all year long. The Skin Cancer Foundation is sharing this information to help you determine your risk of getting skin cancer. What’s your skin type? The first major factor affecting your risk for skin […]

Spring Barrel Tasting is Back for 2021

Published: April 1, 2021

You already know that Washington state is a big producer of wines. But did you know that the state’s wine industry is growing so quickly that almost every 30 days, a new winery opens? That’s a lot of wine waiting for people to enjoy it. Fortunately, you’re in the right place – the Yakima Valley […]

Time to Spring Clean … Your Medicine Cabinet

Published: March 10, 2021

It’s time for the annual spring cleaning ritual, and what better place to start than your medicine cabinet? Besides getting rid of things you no longer use—like that six-year-old box of teeth-whitening strips and half-used bottles of travel-sized shampoo—you should get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications that have expired. Many people don’t see the […]

How Can I Have a Healthier Heart?

Published: February 4, 2021

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s more than just love in the air—February also happens to be American Heart Month! Fostering a healthy heart is a critical factor in a long and healthy life. But it’s not always easy to determine what you, specifically, need to do to keep your heart beating as […]