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From Rosa Atencio, WIC Coordinator: “Good nutrition is of utmost importance during pregnancy and in the early years of life. It is essential for the critical brain development in young children, and can make a lifelong difference in a person’s health.  I am proud when the WIC program is able to help many families in Coos County with guidance to improve their nutrition and health. This year, an estimated 630 of the over 2200 clients served locally will benefit [...]

Healthy Bytes October 2021–Almonds

Almonds: Crunchy and Nutrient-Dense Click here for the Almond handout, including recipes. By Bailey Munger, BS, Dietetic intern, OSU Extension Almond Handout Almonds are often called tree nuts, but they are actually seeds from the fruit of the almond tree. Almond fruit is a type of stone fruit like peaches and plums, which have a fleshy fruit exterior with a pit on the inside. Considered a ‘culinary nut’ because of their edible seeds, almonds taste great with chocolate, garlic, [...]

Healthy Bytes–July 2021–Blackberries

Blackberries for a Summer Treat Blackberry Handout, with Recipes By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Blackberries are a tangy, nutrient-dense fruit rich in powerful antioxidants that protect against aging and disease. The history of blackberries goes back more than 2000 years. Ancient Romans used the fruit, leaf, bark and roots for healing and Ancient Greeks called it “gout berry” for its effective treatment of gout. Blackberries are often confused with black raspberries with one notable difference. [...]

Healthy Bytes – April

Enjoying Split Peas Click Here to Learn More about Split Peas, including recipes By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM   Split peas belong to the family of legumes alongside beans and lentils. Like their family members, split peas are a good source of protein and fiber. They contain nutrients and compounds that support health and prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, osteoporosis and many types of cancer. Split peas are dried, round peas that [...]

Healthy Bytes March

Flax: Small Seeds with Big Benefits Click Here to Learn More about Flax Seeds, including recipes By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Flax seeds, also called flaxseeds or linseeds, are small nuggets of good nutrition. They are one of the richest sources of the essential omega-3fatty acid, Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), second only to chia seeds. They are high in lignans, dietary fiber and are a good source of protein. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and essential for brain development [...]

Healthy Bytes February

New to Barley? By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Learn More about Barley, including recipes, HERE. If you enjoy rice and pasta, it’s time to give barley a seat at the table. Barley is a chewy cereal grain with the consistency of al dente pasta. It was cultivated in ancient Tibet, Egypt, Mesopotamia and China and was the chief flour for bread-making for Greeks and Romans throughout 16th century Europe. Barley is still a staple in European diets, commonly [...]

Healthy Bytes January

Lesser-Known Leeks Learn More about links (including recipes) HEREBy Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Leeks are a member of the allium family which also includes onions, scallions, shallots, chives and garlic. Leeks look similar to green onions (scallions) but are much larger, up to a foot long and 1-2 inches in diameter. They have a mild, sweet onion flavor and can be used to season other dishes or cooked as a delicious side dish. Leeks have many of the same [...]

Healthy Bytes, December

Wonderful Walnuts By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Find more information about benefits, and some recipes HERE. Walnuts are a crunchy, delicious and healthy addition to your daily diet. But did you know walnuts are good for your heart? Like other tree nuts, walnuts are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy oils and fiber. Despite their high fat content, walnuts contain mainly healthy, unsaturated fats and have more omega 3 fat than any other plant food. Omega 3 fats help lower [...]

Healthy Bytes October

Pumpkins are not just Halloween or Thanksgiving decorations. Along with other winter squash, pumpkin is a nutritious and inexpensive addition to your fall and winter meals. Enjoy roasted or pureed. 1 cup mashed pumpkin provides: • 49 Calories, 2 gm protein, 3 gm fiber, no fat, no cholesterol Potential benefits of consuming pumpkin: • Rich source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant associated with lower risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes • Good source of potassium for lowering blood [...]

September Healthy Bytes–Lentils

By Stephanie Polizzi, MPH, RDN, DipACLM Lentils are small, edible seeds that are members of the legume family. Like their cousins, beans, split peas and peanuts, they grow in pods. Lentils derive their name from their lens-like shape. Although they have been cultivated for over 8,000 years, they came to the US in the early 16th century and became popular as a meat substitute during World War II. They make a great meat substitute as they are high in [...]

2020 Public Health Superstars

Read About the Six Superstars Recognized by the Coos County Friends of Public Health The six Superstars represent 5 local organizations that are vital for maintaining the physical and mental health of the community. The recipients are: Patrick Wright, from Operation Rebuild Hope; Kim Singh, from the Coos County Emergency Response Team (CERT); Phillip Nel and Michael Burton, from the Coos County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC); Bernarda Liggett, from Coos Elderly Services; and Dale Hodges [...]

Coos Healthy Together Newsletter

  Coos Healthier Together (CHT) is a coalition of community organizations and advocates who promote healthy behaviors and work toward a healthier Coos County. The coalition was created to implement the 2019-2022 Coos County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a community-level plan to improve the health of individuals, families and the community at large. It is based on, and compliments, the 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA) which identified significant health needs facing the community. In the fall [...]

August Healthy Bytes–Arugula

Arugula is the August Healthy Bytes food. Arugula is a tender green in the brassica or cruciferous family. Its relatives include broccoli, cabbage, Brussels spouts, kale and cauliflower. This group of vegetables is celebrated for their low-calorie, high-nutrient content. Arugula is often used in salads to add a bit of tangy flavor and is a favorite in Mediterranean cooking. Find out more about the health benefits of Arugula along with some recipes at the link below: Arugula Handout For [...]

Oregon reports 437 COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 249, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.Oregon Health Authority reported 437 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 13, 509.The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (28), Douglas (4), Hood River (5), Jackson (8), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), [...]