Health Care

Bite into a healthy lifestyle

Happy National Nutrition Month! Every March we get an entire month to think about and celebrate the food we eat and the choices we make to get and stay healthy. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which encourages everyone to make healthy and informed food and physical activity choices every day in order to live the healthiest life possible. We all know by now the importance of following a healthy lifestyle, but … Read More

Your health questions answered: What can I do about high cholesterol?

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, one of our cardiovascular experts is on the hot seat. Q. I eat healthy, exercise and am not overweight – but I have high cholesterol. What can I do? A. Average low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol is below 125; when it is above 160, you may have been born with high cholesterol. Talk to your primary care provider. You may have a genetic condition called familial … Read More

Tackling childhood obesity in rural Oregon

To counter the alarming growth in childhood obesity across the country, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced $500 million additional dollars to its longstanding campaign to achieve a healthy weight for all children. These new funds bring the total to an unprecedented $1 billion since 2007 to build a culture of health across communities in the U.S. and ensure that all children have access to healthier foods and opportunities to be physically active. But … Read More

The magic bullet for heart health?

If you knew there was a “magic bullet” that would reduce your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 92% and lower your risk of other cardiovascular risk factors, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, by 66%, would you take it? A recent large, prospective study showed what appears to be the key to drastically reducing the risk for heart disease in women aged 27-44, potentially preventing more than 70% of CHD and … Read More

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

It’s safe to say Kimmie Harding knows her way around OHSU. She’s been treated here for the last 34 years and counting for her Congenital Heart Defect (CHD). Her passion for advocacy made her the perfect person to enlist to help raise awareness about CHD – and OHSU’s incredible care team – this CHD Awareness Week. Take it away, Kimmie! What are Congenital Heart Defects? Congenital Heart Defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are … Read More

Set SMART Resolutions for 2015

Are you one of the millions of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, or have you sworn them off since they never seem to stick? Studies show that 45% of Americans make at least one resolution every year, yet only 8% of these people are actually successful in meeting their goal. By setting a specific goal rather than making a generic resolution, you will be 10 times more likely to achieve your goal in 2015. … Read More

Your health questions answered: Kids and technology use

You ask. OHSU health experts answer. This month, our pediatric and and pituitary specialists are on the hot seat. Q. When is my child old enough to use an iPad or tablet? A. In general, consider any child younger than two years old too young. Tablets may prevent infants and toddlers from engaging in the give-and-take of everyday exchanges with family, as well as the “real” world of playing with physical objects that require and … Read More

Winter recipes packed with cancer-fighting nutrients

Winter time is full of delicious fruits and vegetables that are flavorful and rich in cancer-fighting nutrients. Every fruit and vegetable contains their own cancer fighting compounds, including fiber. Aim for 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to reap the rewards of these low calorie, high nutrient quality foods. Try out these fall and winter recipes, then check out the American Institute for Cancer Research Test Kitchen for more ideas. Roasted root vegetables with … Read More

Know Your Healthy Heart Score

Do you try to follow a healthy lifestyle but wonder how good of a job you’re actually doing? If you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a great new tool called the Healthy Heart Score from the Harvard School of Public Health that will help estimate your 20-year risk of a heart attack or stroke. Although cardiovascular disease is largely preventable, it remains the leading cause of death in the world. This easy quiz looks … Read More

OHSU’s Most Read Blog Posts of 2014

OHSU’s President, Dr. Joe Robertson, recently noted that the year has been filled with stories that will be “noteworthy 50 years from now.” And it’s true. From the unprecedented, national support for our $1 Billion Knight Cancer Challenge to global health outreach and preparation around the devastating Ebola virus outbreak, here’s what you may have missed; a round-up of our most read blog posts of the year: 1. 8 Things to Know About Ebola Although the odds … Read More

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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