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Oregonians speak out – a series of conversations about creating a healthy environment for everyone in our community of Human Services. Join the conversation: Community Health Priorities, a Northwest Health Foundation Project ....


On a trip to Spain, The Skanner's Bernie Foster learns a healthy lifestyle

In my youth I was a boxer. So this year, after a couple of rounds with cancer, I knew one thing for sure. As any boxer will tell you, when you're knocked down, you have to take that full eight count and then get back up and carry on fighting...

Some fats help reduce our risks of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer; they feed our brain and our nails, hair and skin so we look good too. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the best and most useful of these fats. Good for cooking and salad dressings, olive oil is in a class of its own ...


Olives are amazing. First cultivated in the countries we now call Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, they spread throughout the Mediterranean, becoming a symbol of wealth, plenty and peace. The poet Homer called olive oil "liquid gold." In the Bible, it is the olive branch that the dove brings to Noah to symbolize the end of the flood. And since pre-Christian times, olives have been used in sacred ceremonies – the oil was used to anoint believers, for example. It was used by athletes too before sporting events ...


Before May 2009, olive oil sold in Oregon could be labeled extra-virgin– even when it wasn't. That's because labeling standards in the United States do not conform to grading standards set by the International Olive Council. The difference matters. Not just because extra virgin olive oil is higher quality, low in acid and tastes best, but also because it contains an abundance of health promoting nutrients. It is the first press of the olive pulp, produced without using heat or chemical extraction.


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