March 14, 2019

Weight Maintenance

As clinicians, we’re often asked about weight maintenance. What’s the best way to keep from regaining weight you’ve worked so hard to lose? You may remember discussing your ideal body weight during your initial Health Plus appointment. It was probably based on a BMI of around 25. However, for some individuals, this may be difficult to achieve, or […]
February 21, 2019


It’s the a New Year and you’re thinking of making some changes in your health, namely, losing some weight. Congratulations on taking that first step! Chances are, you’ve made a few attempts in the past with mixed results. The weight loss research shows that a great majority of people who lose weight gain it back again. That’s the […]
February 6, 2019

Something to Chew On: The Role of Fiber in a Healthy Diet

When you first read through your patient manual, you probably saw the word “fiber” more than a few times. 20, to be exact. It’s basic principal #8, it’s mentioned in the tips about meal choices, and we even deemed it important enough to give its own page (#43), complete with an alphabetized chart. So, what exactly is fiber, […]
October 21, 2014

Importance of Adequate Sleep for Weight Loss

When we think of factors that promote weight loss, we usually think about our food intake and our energy burned with exercise. However, there is increasing evidence that adequate sleep may be the third leg of the weight loss stool. Think about it: if I am at work, sleep-deprived and to boost my energy, I am more likely […]
November 9, 2013

FDA to Ban Trans Fats

The Federal Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it will be banning trans fats in commercially produced food in grocery stores and restaurants. Trans fat is considered to be the most unhealthy form of fat, leading to high cholesterol, inflammation throughout the body, heart attacks, and other cardio issues. They are created by solidifying vegetable oil […]
July 2, 2013

Events in the Park

This week Portland Parks and Recreation is launching it’s annual series of free events in the parks. If you haven’t been to any of these movies, concerts or plays in past summers, it’s definitely worth your while to come down. And if you’ve been to them in the past, don’t forget to keep them on your radar! This […]
May 9, 2013


The days are getting longer, flowers are bursting into bloom, and the shelves of grocery stores are laden with enticing spring fruits and vegetables like strawberries and asparagus. Portland is full of places to shop, from upscale grocery stores to neighborhood farmers’ markets. Finding high quality produce for a low price can present a real challenge though. More […]
January 4, 2013

Amanda Russell’s Five Minute Work-out

Feeling like you don’t have time in your busy life to check everything off your to do list, let alone find the time to hit the gym? This is a great workout with Amanda Russell from I tried it first thing this morning and it really got my heart racing! The nice thing about Amanda’s work out […]