Health and Fitness


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Pink Walk

Margie Bodolay of Lyle untangles balloons floating outside Burgerville on Second Street in The Dalles during the annual Pink Walk Saturday morning.

Sherman doctor honored

Dr. Erin Burnham of Sherman County Emergency Services is EMS Medical Director of the Year for 2016. Burnham, a Hood River resident, was honored last month at the Oregon State Health Division Annual Oregon EMS conference in Bend. The award honors a physician who serves or has served the EMS system by providing medical direction, on-line or off-line, and who has served with distinction.

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‘Pink’ walk is Saturday

The annual walk to increase public awareness about the threat of cancer to women in the community takes place tomorrow, Oct. 15, in downtown The Dalles.

TD vies for health help

The Dalles is one step closer to possibly winning a designation as a Blue Zone project, which brings in paid staff for a multi-year, broad-based effort to improve the community’s health.

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Simple test saves lives

After prostate cancer claimed the life of his father, Terry Armentrout of The Dalles knew that he would be at higher risk for the disease and made regular checkups a priority.

Gorge health focus scores prize

A national foundation has honored Columbia Gorge health providers and community organizations with a $25,000 award for their inclusive and collaborative approach to health care.

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Breast center gets clean bill of health

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has one of only seven nationally accredited centers dedicated to breast health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. That is no small achievement, said Dr. Kerry Proctor, medical director of the Breast Center in The Dalles, given that MCMC is an independent entity. Four of the other accredited facilities belong to Legacy Health, the largest provider system in the Portland/Vancouver area.

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Survivors offered wellness, healing

Yoga, parenting and health focus of classes

Families who have survived trauma, whether past or present, are being offered free classes and activities to aid in healing through HAVEN of the Columbia River Gorge’s new wellness program.

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MCMC adds payment drop box

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has installed a drop box for payments on Third Street at The Dalles city hall.

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MCMC expanding in HR

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has signed a lease to occupy 12,500 square feet of the medical building now under construction in Hood River, immediately west of the new Hampton Inn.

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Francis retiring as MCMC CEO

Duane Francis, longtime president and CEO of Mid-Columbia Medical Center, has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 31.

Step into 'Blue Zone' for healthy life

The secrets to a long and happy life can be found in the way a community chooses to eat, move, and play, according to a study undertaken by National Geographic that has spawned a healthy choice initiative in Oregon and other states. The nine common strength areas of cities with the oldest active inhabitants on the planet will be shared Thursday by Aaron Patnode, executive director of the Blue Zones Project in Oregon.

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Hospital creates financial hub

Potential patients can find help in one office, get an estimate of costs.

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Seeking a way forward

Sitting in the shade of a small migrant labor housing unit near The Dalles, John Jessup of White Salmon chats in Spanish with cherry picker Francisco Tamayo of Yuba City, Calif., as he relaxes after a long, hot day working in the orchards.

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Laboring for better health

Health workers promote better diet