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With the common goal of making the healthy choice the easy choice in the Umpqua region, residents and representatives of worksites, grocery stores, restaurants, schools and faith-based organizations will be working together on the Blue Zones Project.

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SUTHERLIN — Her schoolmates would rather have Ashlyn Hanson in class at East Primary School. But as long as the Sutherlin first grader is fighting leukemia away from class, Mr. Monkey is the next best substitute for Ashlyn.

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The Umpqua region, with a focus on Roseburg, will be one of the three new demonstration communities in Oregon for the Blue Zones Project, a program meant to help residents improve their health and well being.

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Well-Fed Me is a plan that encourages healthy eating and Kathleen Nickel, director of Mercy Communications talked about the new program and its health benefits recently in a radio interview on Talking Health on News Radio 1240 KQEN with host Lisa Platt.

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Hughie Watters, of Roseburg, has donated blood to the American Red Cross for over 30 years, since the age of 18. Now 65, he has saved 336 lives over the years by donating approximately 14 gallons of blood – 112 units total.

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When a woman is pregnant, eating healthy is more important than ever. A mother’s eating habits help to establish the essential building blocks of growth and overall health for her child. Eating nutritious foods can help expecting moms feel better during pregnancy and while breastfeeding thei…

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As Australia’s largest city, home to the iconic Opera House and the country’s busiest airport, Sydney naturally gets a lot of attention and visitors. But travelers who venture beyond the city center will find much more to explore.