Apr 152013
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The heavy sleeper: The connections between weight and sleep apnea
From Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital

Approximately 18 million Americans have sleep apnea and being overweight is a major contributing factor. As a person gains weight, especially in the trunk and neck area, the risk of sleep apnea increases due to compromised breathing.
Dr.Don Yarbrough from Samaritan Bariatric Surgery Program will talk about the connection between sleep apnea and weight, April 24 at 5:30, Newport Recreation Center, just east of City Hall. He will explore the options available to people who are looking for ways to get their weight and sleep back on track.


Yarbrough is the guest speaker for a support group called AWAKE (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic).
The AWAKE group offers a place to discuss issues that are important to sleep apnea sufferers and users of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. New members are always welcome.


For more information, please call (541)574-4885 x2102.

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 Posted by at 12:12 PM
Mar 212013

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What is WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that helps families identify healthy nutrition choices that work for them.

Why get WIC for your family?
Women on WIC eat a healthier diet, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care. Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and have improved growth and development rates.Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.

What do WIC families receive?
* Answers to your nutrition questions
* Breastfeeding help and breast pumps for moms who need them
* Help getting other services
* Information on how to feed your child, prenatal care, breastfeeding and much more
* Vouchers to buy foods that help keep you healthy and strong:
* Extra foods for moms who are breastfeeding and who don’t get formula from WIC
* Infant formula for moms who are not breastfeeding
* Milk
* Cheese
* Eggs
* Dried beans or peas
* Fruits and vegetables
* Baby food
* Fruit juice
* Peanut butter
* Cereal
* Whole wheat bread, corn tortillas or brown rice
* Fish

Who qualifies for WIC?
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To make a WIC appointment

Call the WIC program nearest you or call 800-SAFENET (800-723-3638). Staff will tell you what to bring to the appointment.

WIC Locations:

36 SW Nye Street, between the post office and the library, (541) 265-4163,
Monday-Friday 8-5
Walk-ins: 12:30-1:30 daily and Friday 8-4

Lincoln City
4422 NE Devils Lake Boulevard, Suite 2, Next to the DMV, (541) 265-0578,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8-12, 1-5
Walk-ins: 3-3:30 Tues., Wed., and Thurs.

At your appointment, WIC staff will:
* Review your health history.
* Check your diet.
* Determine if you qualify.
* Answer your questions about nutrition.
* Help you find more services.
* Give you vouchers to buy healthy foods.
* Work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals.

Again, call the WIC program nearest you or call 800-SAFENET (800-723-3638). Staff will tell you what to bring to the appointment.


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 Posted by at 1:28 PM
Mar 132013
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Provided by Oregon Senate Democrats

SALEM— Today, the Oregon Senate took a step to protect children’s health by clearing the air in cars and trucks. Senate Bill 444A, which passed on a bipartisan 19-10 vote, makes smoking in a motor vehicle with a driver or passenger under 18 a traffic violation.

“We have a responsibility to keep Oregon’s children safe from exposure to smoke, which causes health problems like severe asthma and respiratory infections,” said Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland), chief sponsor of the bill and a family physician. “SB 444A is an important step to protecting children from the negative, sometimes lifelong impacts of secondhand smoke.”


According to the American Lung Association, infants and young children are especially vulnerable to secondhand smoke while their lungs are still developing. When a smoker lights up in in the enclosed space of a car or truck, secondhand smoke can reach concentrations up to 27 times more potent than concentrations when smoking in a home.

“Children have very little control over the small space inside of a car, and it’s a huge health problem when that space fills up with smoke,” said Senator Rod Monroe (D-Portland), who authored Oregon’s original Clean Indoor Air Act in 1981. “It is up to us to protect our children’s health, and with SB 444A we can prevent long-lasting health effects from unsafe secondhand smoke.”


Current Oregon law prohibits smoking in cars that transport foster children, as do the laws of 16 other states. Four states have enacted laws to protect minors generally from secondhand smoke in motor vehicles, as have Puerto Rico and Guam. SB 444A would make smoking in cars with minors a Class D traffic violation enforceable only as a secondary offense, meaning that law enforcement officers would need to initially stop a vehicle for a separate traffic offense. Repeat offenses would be a Class C traffic violation.

“Senate Bill 444 is about preventing significant health problems and creating healthy environments for children,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “We take children’s health very seriously, and this legislation can prevent a lifetime of health problems from the consequences of secondhand smoke. Not only is it the right choice for kids, but it will produce savings in health care over the long run.”

Senate Bill 444 will now go to the Oregon House of Representatives for consideration.


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Mar 072013
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Citing significant instances of skin cancer among America’s teens, the Oregon House of Representatives have passed a bill to outlaw teens using commercial tanning beds unless they have a doctor’s prescription. Supporters say tanning beds pose a significant cancer risk to teens while others decry that it’s another invasion of privacy by “The Nanny State.” The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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 Posted by at 1:38 PM
Jan 302013

Smoking ban
on all county properties

Smokers’ Shelter – south side of courthouse
It is being removed

Lincoln County Jail
Also covered in the smoking ban
No smoking in cars parked on county property

Saying that health care costs for the county have been skyrocketing lately, especially to cover employees who smoke, and in the spirit of encouraging county workers to quit smoking, Lincoln County Commissioners today said all smoking on county properties will cease within 90 days. The smoking ban will include the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. However, smoking will be allowed on county park property but not within 25 feet of any building associated with the park.

The smoking shelter on the south side of the courthouse will be removed. Smoking in cars parked on county property will also be banned.

County officials say that although it’s hard to quit smoking, there are a number of county sponsored programs that work. County health insurance programs are also abundant.

County Commissioner Bill Hall said “How can we strongly urge residents and families of Lincoln County to refrain from unhealthy activities if we don’t ban them ourselves?”

Again, the smoking ban takes effect in 90 days.

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 Posted by at 4:38 PM
Oct 092012

Lincoln City Community Center

Rates went up last March for folks using the Lincoln City Community Center. And it looks like they’ll be going up again next March, but only by half as much. Although city councilors admit that it’s never a good time to raise rates, the city’s community center went so many years without a rate increase that it’s prices were well under fitness centers in similar sized towns – towns whose facilities can’t hold a candle to what Lincoln City has. Even with another rate hike next March, Lincoln City’s Community Center will be among the lowest priced in the state.

And of course, with low cost admission costs, it means the city’s general fund has to subsidize the center – something that irks councilors who want to spend money on other, more pressing issues. So they settled for holding a public hearing in the near future to talk about raising rates again at the community center effective March 1st.

Last March’s rate increase ranged from 10-21 percent depending on the ticket packages that are purchased. The community center manager indicated that she could support another rate increase, but at perhaps half the rate of the one passed last March (something like 5-10%). The center director told the council that a lot of older citizens who used the center got mad at the new rate and stopped coming. However, she said most people realize what a good deal the center really is. They also know that the community center is heads and shoulders better than many private health and fitness clubs which charge a lot more. The director said revenues are up this year over last. So the rate increase is doing the trick, finding that “price point” the community will tolerate.

The new rates will likely take effect in early March and will likely rise 5 – 10% depending on the package.. A public hearing on it will be held between now and then.

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 Posted by at 12:29 AM
Sep 182012

Big Creek Reservoir – Toxic Algae Bloom


The following news release outlines the fact that the Big Creek Reservoirs have had an outbreak of a toxic algae bloom and for people to stay out of the water. Don’t fish, don’t swim, don’t let your dogs play or swim in the water. But the release also says that the city’s water purification plant removes the algae and any toxins and that city water is perfectly safe to drink and for all other normal uses.

The Big Creek reservoir system is experiencing a bloom of blue-green algae due to the dry weather conditions. The algae present in the water sampled from Big Creek Reservoir #1 is called Microcystis aeruginosa and is a potential cyanotoxin producer of the peptide liver toxin group called microcystins. The number of cells found in the Big Creek Reservoir #1 sample is higher than the number the Oregon Department of Health recognizes for posting of a health advisory.

The City’s water treatment system removes the algae and potential toxins and the City’s drinking water is safe to drink. However direct contact with the algae in the raw untreated water by fishing, swimming, or other recreational activities is potentially harmful to humans and animals.

Therefore, a health advisory is being placed upon both the upper and lower Big Creek Reservoirs restricting all recreational use. The reservoirs will be posted with signs advising the public of the potential health hazards and the water will be tested weekly to monitor status of the bloom. Please do not allow yourself or your pets to come into contact with the water in the reservoir until further testing indicates that the algae bloom has run its course and the water is safe again for recreational use.

Contact Public Works Director, Tim Gross, (541.574.3369) or Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Steve Stewart, (541.265.7421) with questions. Thank you.

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 Posted by at 1:56 PM
Sep 182012

Nightingales deliver care bags for cancer patients

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lincoln County Nightingales committee recently delivered more than 50 comfort bags for cancer patients within the local community. Twenty-five of the bags were delivered to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital.
Each comfort bag is unique and filled with donated items meant to bring some solace to cancer patients while undergoing treatment. Donations have been generously made by local organizations, including but not limited to:
*Blankets and hats made by Oceanview Senior Living residents
*Blankets made by Wal-Mart employees
*Prayer Angels donated by Diamonds by the Sea
*Bags and survival pins from The American Cancer Society
*Cash donations for bags from Oregon Coast Aquarium employees and volunteers
*Rebecca Fransham, Outpatient Treatment Center and Lisa Ely, Marketing and Public Relations, graciously accepted the comfort bags on behalf of the hospital.

“When I saw the committee members carrying in 25 care bags packed full of wonderful items I couldn’t help but feel the love and thoughtful attention put in to each and every care bag. What a heartwarming surprise for the patients,” said Ely.

Tamara Rosser, RSVP director, was inspired to create the local program after hearing about Matt Ferguson who was honored as Oregon’s Outstanding Youth Volunteer at the 2011 at the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. Ferguson started a non-profit to give comfort bags to breast cancer patients on their first day of treatment. He created the comfort bags because when his mom was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer he noticed several people receiving the treatments alone. “We wanted to create something special for our own communities. It really feels good when we (Nightingales committee) get together and create a unique care package for cancer patients – women, men, girls and boys,” said Rosser.

Rosser and the Nightingale committee hope their comfort bags will bring joy and comfort to patients receiving cancer treatments locally and in Lincoln County. For more information about comfort bags, call Tamara Rosser at (541) 574-3745.

Photo caption:
From left to right: Kristin Arment, BBSI; Rebecca Fransham, SPCH Outpatient Treatment Center; Holly Terlson, RSVP; Judy Fuller, RSVP Volunteer; Kandy Smith, Oregon Coast Aquarium; Tamara Rosser, RSVP. Not pictured: Jennifer Locklear, Oregon Coast Aquarium. The committee enjoyed every minute of the project – especially delivering the bags to SPCH and receiving such heart-felt appreciation.

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 Posted by at 12:28 PM
Sep 112012

Bike riders stop in Newport on down coast trek
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Sixty two bike riders, who very much believe in the cause of treating, if not curing, arthritis, set out on a 350 mile fundraising bike ride from Astoria to Bandon this week. They stopped over in Newport Monday night filling hotel rooms and feasting on a scrumptious lunch at the Newport Yacht Club on Tuesday courtesy of some Newport locals and Bike Newport.

Arthritis Foundation spokeswoman Janet Lamb said riders have already done a lot of their own fundraising among their friends, business associates and families, including pledges per mile ridden. With a lot of that accomplished, riders can therefore spend at least a little time enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Oregon Coast.

Lamb says the group is closely monitored and protected along their weeklong journey with pace cars at the front and rear of the bicycle entourage as well as assisted by Bike Newport with their “repair shop” on wheels. From Newport, their next stop was Yachats. Then a longer jaunt on Wednesday all the way to Coos Bay with a brief stopover in Florence.

Lamb says all proceeds go toward research, education about and treatment of arthritis which can be greatly lessened if treatment begins early enough.

Other Arthritis Foundation fundraisers include the annual Jingle Bell Run and Four walks a year in Vancouver/PDX, Salem, Eugene and Medford.

For more information on any of this contact the Arthritis Foundation at Arthritis.org

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 Posted by at 10:44 PM
Jul 272012

“Living Well With Chronic Conditions” Workshops Offered
Lincoln County Health and Human Services announces that workshops will be offered to benefit individuals living with a chronic or ongoing health condition. “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week series of sessions aimed to empower those who live with a chronic disease or ongoing illness.

The workshops are open to anyone who is living with a chronic disease, family member or individual caring for a loved one living with a chronic disease. Those conditions can include depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis and others. Tips for managing frustration, fatigue, pain, depression and isolation are discussed. Other topics include appropriate exercise, optimum nutrition, informed use of physician prescribed medications, and effective communication with healthcare professionals, family members, and friends. By learning more about self-management, participants may find it easier to make better-informed treatment decisions. Program evaluation has shown that participants have improved health status and spend fewer days in the hospital, a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations.

Workshops are scheduled on Tuesday mornings in Newport – August 14th – September 18th; Monday evenings in Waldport – August 27th – October 1st; Tuesday afternoons in Lincoln City – September 25th – October 30th; and Monday evenings in Siletz – October 15th – November 19th. This self-management program, developed by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is designed to enhance medical treatment and help those living with a chronic health condition improve their ability to manage day to day activities.

The workshops are being offered for free! There is no charge for anyone to attend including family members, support persons or caregivers attending. The workshop also includes the “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” book. Pre-registration is required.

To register or obtain additional information, call Ann Way, Program Coordinator at 541-265-0465.

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