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How to stay prepared for fires, storms-and the 'Big One'

The Pacific Northwest had its share of media attention this summer, as a severe wildfire season and talk of a potentially devastating earthquake captured national interest. The earthquake scenario...

 

Childhood obesity can be beat with community support

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Childhood obesity is an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. In...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Opinion    July 15, 2015

Rainbow of great seasonal foods awaits preservation

There is a rainbow to be seen this time of year in Klickitat County, but not the type you might be thinking of. To see it, visit any farmers market or farm stand. There you will see the rainbow of...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Opinion    June 10, 2015

Pick up some Vitamin Sunshine while you're out

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the forecast, you may have come to one exciting conclusion: summer is here! Hopefully, this means more time spent outside enjoying the beauty of our area. One fun...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Features    May 13, 2015

For Your Health

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, as well as Global Employee Health and Fitness Month. With these observances in mind, we’re taking a look at how to improve health where many...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Features    April 8, 2015

Spring clean your health with an ounce of prevention

This time of year reminds us to open the windows, air out our homes, and discard that which we don’t need. In that same spirit, we can reinvigorate our health with a few springtime-inspired...

 

Be choosey with screen time for a healthy media diet

It’s not news that smart phones, tablets, computers and TV’s have become deeply integrated into our everyday lives. We love our devices and they are here to stay. However, research suggests that...

 

You don't have to let winter blues get your mind down

February is maybe best described as “the light at the end of winter’s tunnel.” It’s a great way to look at it because for some people, winter can lead to feelings of sadness, lethargy, and...

 

For Your Health

Happy New Year! If you’re kicking off 2015 intent on making a positive change in your life, I’ve got a few tools to help you. We can set ourselves up for success by learning a bit of the...

 
 By Debi Budnick    News    December 17, 2014

How to keep safe during the holidays

At this truly magical time of year, we all want nothing more than to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. This month, we’re sharing some tips on how to fully embrace the meaning and tradition o...

 

For Your Health

You’ve most likely heard of diabetes. Maybe you, a friend, or a family member has the disease. November is American Diabetes Month, so let’s take a look at this serious yet manageable chronic dise...

 

For Your Health

Lucky us, what a gorgeous fall we’ve had so far Klickitat County. Tougher weather is on the way, however and with it brings seasonal illness such as the cold and flu. This year, send a message to...

 

The not-so-sweet truth about sugar

Most likely, there is some deliciously sweet treat taunting your taste buds right now: the donuts in the break room at work, the cookies in the cupboard, the soda in the vending machine or the candy...

 

What's best for hydration? Try the real elixir of life: water

This time of year, when temperatures are scorching and I look out at the brown hills of the Gorge, I’m reminded of one essential element of good health: Water. Drinking more water is incredibly...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Features    July 9, 2014

Tracking disease among mosquitos, ticks, and dead birds

Telltale sign that summer is in full swing? Pesky mosquitoes and ticks are out and biting! While most of us want to avoid them, Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) is interested to know what...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Opinion    June 11, 2014

Summertime safety: decoding sunscreen and de-inviting germs

It’s June, and that means summer is on the way. We are all looking forward to warmer temperatures, sunny days, and spending time outside with family and friends. While you are out enjoying the...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Opinion    May 21, 2014

How to fit in getting fit when getting fit doesn't fit in

We’ve all heard that exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle. In addition to helping maintain a healthy weight and preventing chronic disease, it also helps us feel better on a daily basis both...

 
 By Debi Budnick    Opinion    April 9, 2014

Learn how to take the stress out of being stressed

“I’m so stressed out.” Been there? We all have, because stress is a natural human condition. What most people don’t realize, however, is that too much stress over time can have a negative impa...

 

Get the right information on how to eat healthier foods

If you’ve ever tried to learn about eating healthier, you might realize there is a ton of nutrition information out there. We are swimming in a sea of tips, tricks, and quick fixes, watching fad...

 

How to do something about the flu besides talk about it

Welcome to For Your Health, a new column written monthly by the Community Health division of the Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD). Our goal for this column is to share wellness tips, updates...

 

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