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‘Apple-shaped’ Americans more numerous now

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade despite obesity rates leveling off, a government study reports.

Column: Stop telling your kids how much to eat

My son, age 8, is very overweight. We’ve talked about how he has to start eating less and get more exercise. But he doesn’t want to play sports because the other kids make fun of his weight. And even though I’m trying to change his diet — by making him eat more vegetables and taking away his dessert privileges — his weight isn’t changing. Just the other day I found a bunch of candy wrappers in his room. What can I do?

Lessons learned from a long-distance ride

So let’s talk STP. Not the fuel and additives oil company, but the Seattle to Portland bike ride.

Walla Walla community health fair to be held Thursday downtown

WALLA WALLA — A community health fair is planned for 10 a.m.-2 p.m Thursday on Sixth Avenue between Alder and Poplar streets.

Psychologist talk, ‘The Force of Kindness,’ to be held at Whitman center

WALLA WALLA — Buddhist teacher and psychologist Dori Langevin will speak on “The Force of Kindness” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Whitman College’s Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave.

Who knew? Chia seeds a super food

Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped clay planters.

Viruses on doorknobs go viral — and quickly, too

Viruses can spread from a single doorknob to 40 to 60 percent of surfaces and people in a building in just a few hours, according to a new study.

Study: Teens who get high daily less likely to finish high school

Teenagers who smoke marijuana daily are over 60 percent less likely to complete high school than those who never use. They’re also 60 percent less likely to graduate college and seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

Take a stand against sitting too long

Sitting for eight or more hours a day can be deadly.

Alliance plans mood disorders seminar in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — An average of three people a day commit suicide in Washington state, making it the eighth leading cause of death in the state, according to sate Health Department data released this month.

Column: School’s back, get out the snacks!

With school in session, kids will be hungry as they get off the bus at the end of the day.

Fifteen children hospitalized, may be nasty strain of common virus

Fifteen children, most with asthma or other underlying health conditions, have been hospitalized at Seattle Children’s with severe respiratory symptoms, and public-health officials suspect Washington may be the next state to report the presence of enterovirus D68, a nasty strain of a common virus that has sickened children around the country.

Northwest E. coli cases: Two children die, boy improving

TACOMA (AP) — A second Northwest child has died after contracting an E. coli infection and a 5-year-old boy being treated for E. coli complications remains in critical condition but is reported steadily improving in a Tacoma hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

“Acid Test”: the case for using psychedelics to treat PTSD, depression

This article is excerpted from Tom Shroder’s “Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal,” which comes out Sept. 9.

WSU vets’ dog fights cancer

PULLMAN — A sweet, loyal golden retriever named Matilda has become a key player in fighting cancer among dogs and humans alike. To combat the disease, she goes on walks, naps, plays with the family’s pet bird and enthusiastically thumps her tail.

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