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February is American Heart Month – ODS Cardiac Care program

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Locally, the total number of major cardiovascular deaths in Oregon accounted for 32.1% of all deaths for 2005. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its affects, ODS is proudly participating in American Heart Month. Read More

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Meals That Heal – Cancer Fighting Foods

Presented by ODS Health and Legacy Health

The Meals that Heal program introduced to the Portland community is back for a second year! I had a great time helping out with this program last year and this year is going to be even better!

Meals That Heal is designed to teach you about cancer fighting foods. Please join us for one or all of our events. We’ll have experts on hand to talk with you about healthy eating and share some tips with you.


  • Information booth and food samples were offered at the Susan G. Komen Health Expo
    Oregon Convention Center
    Friday, September 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.




Check back here for more Meals That Heal recipes!  For now try this one:

Sweet Pea Guacamole

For more information, including updates of our whereabouts, check out!

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How Do You Exercise With A Busy Routine?

This has been a question on my mind lately. With a busy work schedule it is often difficult to find time to exercise. Instead of making a drastic schedule shift, which usually leads to disappointment after a few weeks, I have been thinking on ways to incorporate exercise into what I am already doing. You would be surprised how fast it all adds up. Here are a few ideas I’ve had to get moving. Now that it’s spring, you can start to think about outdoors activities again. Can you add anything to my list? Let’s get creative! Read More

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month highlighting the important role of early dental care in children’s overall health. Developing good habits at an early age and making regular dental visits helps get a good start on healthy teeth and gums. We had our very own Dr. Bill Ten Pas DMD talk about children’s dental care in the video below. Read More

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Meals That Heal – Healthy Holiday Recipes – New Year’s Resolutions

This month, Chef Nicole Sandleban and Dietitian Marci Reed took recipe submissions and converted the traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier while including special cancer protective foods. They focused on using fresh, natural ingredients rather than the canned and artificially sweetened norm of holiday treats. Although the holidays are almost over, many of these recipes are healthy enough to try in the New Year. I plan to make them as part of my New Year’s resolution to eat more natural foods.  See the recipes below. Read More

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Meals That Heal – Join us for a FREE cooking class and food tasting!

This week we had the second FREE session of our Meals That Heal series on cancer fighting foods. This time, we had a cooking demonstration of a Coconut Fish Stew with Basil and Cilantro. Not only was it amazing food, it was a good time to learn, visit, and ask questions of our Chef Nicole Sandleben, our Registered Dietitian Marci Reed, and our ODS Health Coaches. There are still two FREE sessions left in the series so be sure to sign up!

During the cooking class, Chef Nicole shared each recipe while Registered Dietitian Marci explained the health benefits of each ingredient. Check out the video below where Marci explains the cancer fighting properties of cauliflower.

Watch >> Meals That Heal Video – The Benefits of Cauliflower

After learning to make the recipe, we joined together as a group and enjoyed this tasty meal. What a great night it was!

In this session, we made the following recipes:

  • Coconut Fish Stew with Basil and Cilantro (Click on the link for this recipe!)
  • Bitter Green Salad with Apples, Grapes, Toasted Walnuts, Olives and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette
  • Curry Roasted Cauliflower
  • Simple Brown Rice

Joins us for the FREE cooking class and food tastings to come! To register for each event, please call 503-335-3500.

Convert your Holiday Recipes – Thursday, December 16, 2010 6-8pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

  • Make your comfort foods healthy
  • Keep your favorite family holiday recipes and make them cancer protective

May the Best Recipe Win! – Thursday, January 20, 2011 6-8pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

  • Use your new skills to create a new recipe
  • Enter our recipe contest
  • Prizes and giveaways!

Meals That Heal is co-sponsored by Legacy Health and ODS.

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Tackle Winter Weight Gain with ODS Health Coaches

Our health coaches here at ODS use a portion control guide to teach the importance of healthy meal choices. With the holiday’s just around the corner, it’s a great time to go over the basics to help avoid winter weight gain. I know I am looking forward to the cooking and baking this year. Just make sure to have all your food indulgences in moderation.

The below information is a suggestion guide for one meal only to promote a healthy diet*.  I have also included a portion control picture outline to help visualize serving sizes. Feel free to print this out and place on your refrigerator as a reminder. Read More

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ODS Well@Work Employer Toolkit is here to help YOU

If you work for an organization that wants to begin a wellness program (but you are not exactly sure how), or perhaps you’re supporting wellness today and  just have questions as to how to increase participation then I have some good news!

One of my recent projects here in Healthcare Services has been pulling together the Well@work toolkit  that employers can use to both implement and maintain a wellness program. All you have to do is visit our website at and click on the Employer tab to find the section titled ODS Well@work. Here is a direct link you may use as well Read More

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Bike Tour on PARK(ing) Day – Fun Outdoor Activities

Last Friday, I participated in my first ever PARK(ing) Day. The best thing about living in Portland has been having the unique opportunity to experience new things that the city has to offer.  PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event with the idea to reclaim the city with greenery, and specifically environmentally conscious displays, in what would normally be a concrete parking spot. I was lucky enough to participate through ODS with a PARK(ing) spot and also take a city Bike Pedal Tour of other beautiful downtown PARK(ing) spots.   Read More