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 [...]

OHA, CJC announce nearly $10 million in funds to improve criminal justice, behavioral health outcomes

SALEM, Ore. -- Last week the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) announced awards totaling $9.7 million to six counties and five tribal governments. The funding will help people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders get the treatment they need, and avoid frequent and costly visits to Oregon emergency departments and involvement with the criminal justice system. Oregon has one of the highest rates of people with behavioral health needs in the United States. In [...]

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), [...]