Health & Fitness


Column: Don’t let pregnancy go up in smoke

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I are just about ready to start a family and we’re really excited. The problem is that we disagree about what she (and I) need to do to get ourselves physically ready. Two things in particular are causing some friction: I read an article that suggested women start taking prenatal vitamins even before they get pregnant. My wife says prenatal vitamins are for pregnancy only. She and I both smoke. I say she should quit, she says she’ll just switch to e-cigs. What do you think?

Fearing Ebola? Doctors say get a flu shot

CHICAGO — Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola — chances are astronomically higher you have the flu or some other common bug.

Column: No more packaged food, and I feel much better

I have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire pizza by myself. Like, recently. These moments are not my proudest, but here we are.

Introducing a child to exercise is a lifelong investment

Exercise can be a conflicting topic. We know it is important, we should probably be doing it and there is substantial evidence to the benefits gained by regular physical activity.

Scientists seek to extend dogs’ lives with anti-aging drug

When Daniel Promislow jogs with his Weimaraner, Silver, it pains him to see age creeping up on the 11-year-old canine.

Eggs excellent at dinnertime, too

When I was 6, the “Incredible, Edible Egg” advertising campaign launched. It had quite a run. I still remember the tune, and all of the eggs we ate either as a result of that catchy marketing or just because my parents were health-conscious and knew eggs were good for us.

Mood disorder peer support group forms in Dayton

DAYTON — A new support group for those with a mood disorder diagnosis and their family and friends and anyone who thinks they might have depression or bipolar disorder will hold its first meeting 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church-UCC, 214 S. Third St.

Fitness and injury prevention class to start at YMCA

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla YMCA conditioning and CrossFit trainer Josh Klingenberg will lead a class starting next week that will concentrate on strength, agility and injury prevention.

Sweeten life by ditching sugar

I don’t think I will ever tire at admiring how powerful sugar is. It is an incredible stimulant, energizer, comforter and tasty little devil. I remember as a young child my parents didn’t allow us to have candy and when others gave it to my sister and I, we were forced to throw it away.

Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride

FORT KENT, Maine — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for an hour-long bike ride.

Column: How you can go from SAD to glad

“Tis the season to be jolly” is a true statement for some. For others however, this is the time of seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD.

Program helps ex-NFL players slim down to healthier weights

Cal Snowden knows exactly how he got fat: “No activity, and high calorie intake.”

Surprising ACA experiment saves taxpayers millions

NEW YORK — The social worker pulls on blue latex gloves and a surgical face mask and steps into the hospital room.

Column: Freshman 15 can be avoided if you try

Ahhh, the “Freshman 15.” The anecdotal, yet all too common weight gain associated with the freshman year of college.

Toxic lead exposure cited at shooting ranges

A confused 38-year-old father in Kentucky rarely crawled out of bed.