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Mid Valley | Aug / Sept 2022



Support Your Child’s Health this School Year School is just around the corner! Getting back to school can mean changes, particularly for your child’s health and happiness. But there are things you can do as a parent to support a healthy lifestyle year-round. To help keep your child healthy and happy this coming school year, we recommend: 1. Keeping them up to date on vaccines: This includes an annual flu vaccine and available COVID-19 series and boosters. This fall, schedule flu shots for the whole family using our self-scheduler! 2. Knowing when to keep them home: If your child is symptomatic, it’s a good idea to see your pediatrician and follow their recommendations. Keep an eye out for highly contagious illnesses like COVID-19, the flu, lice, pink eye, and strep throat, in particular. 3. Teaching them to wash their hands properly. 4. Training them to cough into their sleeves to avoid spreading germs. 5. Encouraging proper nutrition, hydration, and sleep. 6. Letting them play outside! Even an hour of moderate to vigorous activity a day can strengthen a child’s immune system and boost their overall sense of well-being. Need a pediatrician you can trust? Our pediatricians are board-certified and practice alongside our many specialists. Together, they provide pediatric care that’s comprehensive, coordinated, and convenient.

Learn more at CorvallisClinic.com/Pediatrics

It’s what‘s

We all need more fiber


Meet the MOM experts ... 4

inside that counts

Keepin’ it spicy 18

They know what they’re

Cover MOM: Janelle Iverson .................10

talking about.

This mom gets real.

Because I said so............... 5

We all need more fiber....16

A message from MOM

The lettuce on a cheeseburger

Sustainable back-to-school shopping 22 Keepin’ it spicy..................18 Bust out of food ruts

Sustainable back-to-school shopping............................22

is not enough.

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[They know what they’re talking about] Focus


Focus on MOM with Dr. Carli Bunn, page 6

Helping Kids Thrive with Karen Swanger, page 26



Something to Smile About with Dr. Jay Vaikuntam, page 14

Partners in Education with AnnaMarie Gosser, page 28


Say Cheese


Style About Home Style with Heather Van Eyk, page 7

Natural Choices with Jasmin Woodside, page 20

Pets Pets are Family with Dr. Josiah Moses, page 24

Say Cheese with Dr. Wade Haslam, page 30

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.

Let’s Talk Health with Samaritan Health Services, page 8

— Japanese proverb

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The rush hour of life It’s what social scientists call the rush hour of life: the time period when you have kids, a career, partner, mortgage, community obligations and more responsibilities on your shoulders than you likely ever had before. It feels like this: You’re up at 5:30 a.m. after a night of being kicked in the head by your toddler. Then you had to pee, but you couldn’t get back to sleep until just minutes before your alarm went off. It’s a dry shampoo type of morning, someone is missing a shoe and another kid is yelling “WIPE!” from the upstairs bathroom while you are already late-late-late. You drop the kids off to daycare, then go to your job where — blessedly — no one is crawling all over you like a macaque monkey. You didn’t have time to pack a lunch, so vending machine food it is. At home you feel like that goddess with many arms, catching the tossed toy, fetching a napkin, up-down, up-down from the table. You scarf down kid leftovers and call it dinner. It’s bath time then books then internal pleading: Please fall asleep, child. I’ll buy you a pony if you just go to sleep. When I was postpartum with my second, I used to daydream of a complete leisurely shower, where I could shave my legs, wash my hair and even use the three-minute deep conditioner. I would put on a cute, unstained outfit and maybe a bit of makeup. Saddest day dream ever? Maybe. But it got me through the double stroller days. An older mom whose kids were well launched once observed me as I darted in and out of conversation to pluck a toddler away from some danger or another. She said, “I remember those days. I don’t know how I did it because they were exhausting.” And wow, I felt…seen. Not many moms who are up in it with diaper bags

My on-ramp to the rush hour: the birth of my second child, just 23 months after my first. and fishy crackers wants to hear, “Enjoy it now because it goes so fast!” We need to hear that we’re doing a good job and that it gets easier because we could fall over and sleep for four solid days if we had the chance. Now, as my children are teens and capable of making their own mac and cheese, I pay homage to the moms in the trenches. To the moms in the rush hour of life: We see you. To the moms who have been shut in for two and half years of this pandemic, waiting for the moment when their kids under 5 could finally get vaccinated, we see you. To the moms who, when they hit the brakes and an old sippy cup comes rolling out from under the car seat, we see you. We moms on the other side of the hump are rooting you on. We wish we could send you a week of perfect sleep, like one of those power bank chargers for phones. We talk a lot about self-care not being selfish, but what is self-care? Sometimes when you finally get a moment for selfcare, your eyes scan the filthy kitchen and your brain short-circuits with the should-dos. If you’re too tired to think, stop and ask yourself: What healthy thing does my body or mind need right now? Maybe it’s a nap, maybe it’s a zone-out sesh on TikTok, or maybe an overdue eyebrow plucking. Or maybe it’s our fav: kicking back to read MOM Magazine. You’re doing a good job. The rush hour always ends, and when it does, the road opens up wide and you can take in the scenery. Audrey Meier DeKam Editor-in-Chief

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What are those strange shapes in your field of vision? People say they look like cells, squiggles, amoebas, dots or cobwebs, and the second you try to focus on them, they dart away. They’re called floaters, and they move with your eye, which is why you can’t seem to get a good look at them. Frustrating and strange, yes. But harmful? Usually no. These small blobs are made up of vitreous, which is the gel-like material in the back of the eye. When you see them, you’re actually seeing the shadows of them cast against your retina. If you’re nearsighted, you’re more likely to experience them. Aging eyes also seem to create more floaters, and they are more frequent after eye surgery or any kind of inflammation. People with diabetes are more prone to having floaters. They are typically of no urgent concern if you have experienced them consistently and without pain. If you experience an increase of floaters, or sudden blurred or loss of vision, seek medical attention immediately to rule out retinal tears, detachment or other serious conditions.

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Socially sustainable HOME DECOR FROM JAIPUR LIVING By Sam Christopher

At Kalluna Interior Design, we help our clients to make educated and ethical decisions when purchasing products. We’re proud to showcase Jaipur Living as one of our socially sustainable vendors who creates beautiful rugs, pillows and décor. Jaipur Living promotes community empowerment in their workforce by improving their weavers’ incomes, providing access to health care and education, and by encouraging gender equity. A few ways they achieve this: • Jaipur Living removes the middleman from the rug supply chain. This allows Jaipur’s weavers to be fairly compensated for their work and increases their income ten-fold.

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• Jaipur Living’s goal is to teach 30,000 illiterate weavers through their adult education programs. • They formed rural health camps which have given 14,000 weavers access to health care services. • 80% of their weavers are women. Culturally, some women may be unable to leave their homes if they are responsible for taking care of their family. Weaving for Jaipur Living gives these women the chance to generate their own income.

Companies have the choice to include socially sustainable practices in their business model. Kalluna supports socially sustainable companies, and we aim to inspire our clients to do the same.

Heather Van Eyk is a mother of two and founder of Kalluna Interior Design, established in 2014.

Kaushik, R. (2015). Doing social good on a sustainable basis: competitive advantage of social businesses. Management decision, 53(6), 1355-1374. Tyagi, R. (2012a). Sustaining by Working at the Bottom of the Pyramid: A Case of Indian Rugs Manufacturing Company. Societal Studies, 4(2), 427-442. Tyagi, R.K. (2012b). Sustaining by working on the bottom of the pyramid: a case of Jaipur Rugs India on its socially responsible practices. International journal of business performance management, 13(1), 46-59. Walker, J.N., & Ghodasara, H.J. (2021). Transformational Development and Social Capital: Jaipur Rugs and Gram Vikas on Both Sides of the Threshold. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 12(1), 110-131. DOI: 10.1080/19420676.2019.1671482

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Let’s talk health


Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help.

Q: My kids are active in sports. Do you recommend having them drink sports drinks?

A: It’s tempting to offer a “healthy” sports drink to your children instead of soda or juices, but plain or flavored water without sugar or artificial sweeteners is still the preferred way to stay hydrated during most sports and exercise. For a student athlete’s intense or prolonged exertion in a sport like soccer, basketball or long-distance running, a sports drink may be appropriate to help give the body a source of energy and restore electrolytes lost through sweat. Sports drinks contain

Q: Each school year, my child’s backpack seems to get heavier. How can I help lighten the load?

A: It is painful to see our children hauling everything they may need in a day — books, papers, lunch, water bottle and much more — in their backpack. Picking the right backpack can help ease the load. Here are some helpful tips: • Make sure the backpack fits the child. It should not extend beyond the body on the sides, above the neck or below the waistline. • Straps should have plenty of padding, be adjustable and comfortable. Shaped straps may be more comfortable than straight straps. • A horizontal chest strap can help distribute the weight.

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added sweeteners and calories, so avoid drinking too many needlessly. Unless your child is performing at a high intensity for more than an hour, they do not need to use sports drinks. Be very careful with energy drinks, too. Children should never drink them because high levels of caffeine can be dangerous to developing nervous and cardiovascular systems. Teens should be wary as the caffeine can cause anxiety, trouble sleeping and even heart problems. — Lon McQuillan, MD, FAAP, Samaritan Pediatrics, Corvallis

• Use both straps when wearing a backpack, not slung over one shoulder, and adjust the fit so the load is carried as high and close to the back as possible. • Be selective about what goes in the bag. A loaded backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 15% of the child’s body weight. A backpack that’s too heavy or worn incorrectly can contribute to back problems and reinforce bad posture. If your child reports tingling or numbness in the arms or general pain while wearing the backpack, look for a different bag with a better fit. If a heavy bag is unavoidable and there is ongoing pain, a physical therapist or your child’s doctor can recommend gentle stretches for the arms, shoulders, neck and back to help with pain from carrying a heavy bag. — Robert Long, DPT, Samaritan Rehabilitation Specialties - Lebanon

Call Samaritan Health Services Find a Doctor line at 800-863-5241 to find a provider who is right for you.


Momism #55 You’ll thank me later.

] COVID-19 is a highly transmissible illness. Benton County Health Department recommends everyone 6 months and older and remain up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination.

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Appointments are preferred for dog adoptions. Because we are a Safe Housing emergency boarding partner with local law enforcement, our dog kennels are currently closed to the public.

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Initiatives, Samaritan Health Services

COMMUNI T Y: Philomath PA R T NER: David Iverson, law enforcement

CHIL DREN: Jayce, age 12; Brynlee, age 8; and Kade, age 5

Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We met at age 17 and dated off and on through college before getting married and moving to the Willamette Valley. We became parents fairly young and learned and grew as a family together. Dave and I prioritize a work-hard, play-hard life for our family, and our days are chock-full with our day (or night) jobs, farm chores, kids’ sports, camping and adventure. Our oldest, Jayce, tolerates school, but loves sports and the outdoors. He reminds me so much of my husband, who would live outside if he could. Our daughter, Bryn, is strong-willed and full of fire like me. She is tough, always keeping up with or beating her brothers, and has been fiercely independent her whole little life. Our youngest, Kade, is hilarious and doesn’t even know it. He always keeps us on our toes, loves a good country song, and makes us laugh every single day. I’m so excited for him to start kindergarten in the fall and continue to become his own person.

Recently, my daughter decided she wanted to play coach pitch co-ed ball, and after years of insisting she would hate it, she’s learned she loves the sport. My youngest didn’t enter preschool the first year he could because of the pandemic, so last year we opted to dual enroll him in two preschools. The transition was tough and he was hesitant, but watching him gain confidence and comfort throughout the year was worth the struggles in the beginning. What is the most surprising thing you have found wedged between the sofa cushions or behind a car seat? I don’t check these places, are you serious?! We’re all moms so we know that no one is perfect all of the time, or even some of the time. Tell us about your most recent “Mother of the Year” moment. You know, like forgetting to pick the kids up from school. I’m never perfect. Ever. And I don’t pretend to be, either. This school year I had a week where I forgot to pick a kid up…multiple times. Early in the week I completely forgot to pick my daughter up from school and hauled it to the parking lot just in time to claim I waited in the pickup line forever before she saw me. Then, later in the week I was so proud of myself for remembering to snag her on time, and we’re happily cruising home when she pointed out I had an empty car seat because I had spaced running to daycare for my youngest. Three kids in three places can be rough!

We live on a small farm outside of Philomath where we have sheep, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats, and occasionally pigs. Farm life makes for long days and extra chores, but we wouldn’t trade our slice of the world for anything.

No one works harder than mom.

Has the pandemic changed the way you parent, beyond just the practical and logistical parts? Absolutely; I had to learn quickly to let more go at the beginning of the pandemic. With my kids home all the time, balancing work and online school while my husband continued to go to work outside of the house, there were just things that didn’t get done, and nothing fell apart as a result.

We know that being a mom is a full-time job. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? What sometimes falls through the cracks? Nobody does it all. As a full-time working mom who spends her “free time” carting kids to activities and volunteering, there are things that I just don’t do. My house isn’t


P ROF E S SION: Manager of Strategic

Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments. Some of my proudest mom moments are when my kids try new things for the first time. My oldest joined 4-H as soon as he was old enough, taking on the rollercoaster of emotions coupled with raising an animal, showing in front of large crowds and ultimately saying goodbye as your animal goes to market.

MOM s Favorite... Tell us about your favorite… …family game: What Do You Meme, Family Edition. We all play, and sometimes the winners are the ones who understand the concept the least! …place to find some peace & quiet: Anywhere I can. Some times peace and quiet looks like staying up way too late because your kids are finally in bed, sometimes it’s sneaking outside to see how long you get before someone comes looking for you. …binge-worthy TV or podcast: I don’t love podcasts, but any true crime documentary is binge-worthy. …time-saving app or digital tool: I live and die by my family iCalendar. From work commitments to sports and camping reservations, if it’s not on our family calendar, it doesn’t take priority.

spotless, projects take twice the time, and my hair is rarely washed. It’s my village that helps me accomplish so many things at once. I lean on friends to transport kids and return the favor when I can, my housekeeper ensures we aren’t living in filth, and I couldn’t live without my daycare provider who I’m lucky enough to consider a dear friend as well. Again, nobody does it all, and no mom should do it alone. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. My career isn’t all that I am, but it’s certainly a piece of who I am. I spent about 12 years in marketing and public relations in various capacities, ultimately landing at Samaritan. I made a mommag.com 11

QA MOMs Love Local We love locally owned businesses, restaurants, places and organizations. Share your favorite…

…shop to pick up a gift for a friend: Burlap & Lace in downtown Corvallis. Teresa Hutchinson and her little shop are so welcoming, and I can always find something there for a teacher, friend or family gift…and I like to send my family there for gifts for me, too! …coffee spot: Timber Towne Coffee in Philomath …place to treat yourself to a mani/ pedi, massage or other personal service: Epic Day Spa …restaurant to take the kids: Dirt Road Brewing in Philomath

shift from marketing into project management, where I now lead our project management team in the Strategy & Planning team at Samaritan. I find non-profit work fulfilling and hold extreme value in using my talents in a career that helps serve the community in which I live.

…restaurants for a date night: Long Timber in Monroe or Clearwater in Newport

Outside of work, I volunteer for both Strengthening Rural Families and Philomath Youth Activities Club. I am so proud of the smalltown resources offered in Philomath, and helping families and youth have opportunities in rural communities is deeply important to me, but I’m just a tiny piece of the larger effort for both organizations.

…event in your community: There’s nothing like the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo! Every year the Friday night rodeo and Saturday festivities remind us of the smalltown feel that drew us here in the first place. …any other local places you love: Vinwood Taphouse and Compton Family Wines

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Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent. I’ve always wanted to complete grad school, but life called for putting that off until very recently. Between career growth, having kids, and supporting our family through life, the timing just wasn’t right until recently. As the pandemic drove us to be home far more than we ever had before, I dove into grad school, and thanks to some very long nights and early mornings, I wrapped up my Masters in Business Administration in about six months. Check that off the list, and let that serve as a reminder that moms can do anything. Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years? My next goal is to take on raising cattle. I’ve loved the challenge of learning farming despite having zero exposure to farm life growing up. My husband and I have worked hard this spring and summer to prepare a piece of our property for cattle this fall, and I’m hopeful we can raise some for beef and learn to expand a bit more in the future.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. Tell us about your upbringing. How did it shape the mother you are today? I grew up in a dual-working parent household where my dad taught me that family comes first, and my mom taught me that I could do anything I set my mind to. Much of my extended family lived in the small coastal town where I was raised, and although my husband and I have planted roots for our own family in Philomath, the beach will always be home. I work hard to instill all of those same values in my children: Your family is priority, you can do anything you set your mind to if you work hard enough, and home will always be here. What is special about where you grew up? There are so many special things about the Oregon coast. I don’t know that I fully appreciated its beauty until I moved away. I grew up in a home where I could step out the front door and dip my toes in a lake and drive two miles and dip my toes in the sand; where early summer mornings were spent hitting the flat water to kneeboard, and evenings chasing sunsets over the ocean. As a mom, I love seeing my kids appreciate the beauty of the beach and experiencing it as visitors. When was the last time you did something for the first time? I really enjoy a great DIY project, and much to my husband’s dismay, I enjoy the challenge it brings. Just about anytime we take on a new project it’s for the very first time. I often joke that our marriage may not withstand another project, but we’ve withstood the test of time with fence building, interior remodeling, landscaping and more. What is something you will NEVER do again? Have another baby! Our family is complete with three kids, and as much as people tell you how hard it is to graduate from each parenting stage, I really enjoy standing alongside my kids as they achieve new milestones. When did you realize you were no longer a child? Well, as soon as I became a mom. I had our oldest child pretty young, when I was 21, and I learned to be a mom sort of trial by fire. I wouldn’t change any of it, but it certainly wasn’t easy. What are three words your kids would use to describe you? What I would hope they’d say: fun, supportive, and strong. What they

actually said: helpful, funny (so close!), and nice sometimes. Name one thing that is part of your daily routine that you just can’t live without. Sleep! I joke that I want so badly to be a morning person, but I’m just not. I have to get a full eight hours of sleep to function, and without a decent bedtime and a couple of rounds of the snooze button, I’m just not as productive as I should be in a day. It’s Saturday afternoon and you suddenly find yourself at home alone for a few hours (we know, it never happens). What do you do? Grab a book and a glass of wine and sit on the back deck and read in silence. What keeps you up at night (apart from kids,of course)? Our plans for the future. As much as I enjoy the present, I’m a dreamer, and I am constantly thinking about how we can grow together. What keeps you sane? When I make time for exercise. My ideal state is a workout where I am left alone, nobody needs help getting something they can’t reach or breaking up a fight while I listen to music or watch Netflix while I run or lift weights. It can be difficult to fit into my day, but when I do, I feel so much better! What’s your guilty pleasure? Cake; I can pretty much leave any other type of sweet or junk food alone, but if there is leftover cake in my house I will hide it from my kids and keep it for myself. Who is your favorite real-life hero? As a law enforcement family, I know with certainty that some of the bravest, most incredible people are the men and women who dedicate themselves to public service. I am honored to personally know and care about first responders who, despite whatever the political climate is, leave their families on nights, weekends and holidays to protect and serve in their communities. And families of law enforcement officers are also real-life heroes. There are silent sacrifices they all make as a part of a job that isn’t even their own, and the strength that requires is not at all lost on me. They say that everyone has a book in them. What’s the title of your book? I absolutely have a book in me, and it’s on my bucket list to write it. If I had infinite time in my days, I would manage a non-profit that provides support to law enforcement families across

the state — maybe even region — and support it with a book highlighting very real law enforcement family stories, but title TBD.

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? Motherhood is what I expected in that I knew with confidence I had no idea what I was doing. Nearly 13 years into motherhood, I often still feel the same — clueless. Motherhood is about following your gut, loving your kids, and being present in the moment as much as you can. What’s the best advice you’ve received from another mom? When my oldest was a toddler, I distinctly recall going to a mom’s group and referencing something I did as a “mom fail.” A fellow mom with older children stopped me in my tracks and told me that nothing is a mom fail, and she challenged me to stop thinking that about myself. Years later, every single time I think I’m failing as a mom — no matter how big or small — I remember that conversation because she was right, I’m not failing at this mom thing. What advice would you give your younger mom self? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? Try and notice the little things. As my kids get older, I find myself wondering if I’ll always remember the tiny things they do that I love if they outgrow them: the way they laugh, their favorite foods, the things they say. In the present, you think there is no way you will forget, but as they grow and bring new characteristics to light, I worry I am forgetting the little things. What message would you like to share with other moms? Remember to tell it like it is. Motherhood is the hardest thing you will ever do, so lift other moms up. Maybe you know what they are experiencing, maybe you don’t. Maybe you agree with their approach, maybe you don’t. In the end, none of us are certain we know what we’re doing, and we can’t do it alone, so be a listener, a supporter, and a great friend, and you’ll raise your kids to do the same.

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A back-to-school essential: water Water is life-sustaining and then some: staying properly hydrated helps our energy, digestion, concentration, immune system and more. It is also key to dental health, which some parents find surprising. Water helps wash away food particles that can cause tooth decay, prevents dry mouth and fluoridated water makes for strong teeth. Getting young children to drink good old-fashioned water can be a challenge. Sometimes the right water bottle can make all the difference. Some tips to get into the habit: • Let your child choose a water bottle. Adding stickers of beloved cartoon characters can go a long way with young children. • Practice bringing a water bottle to school, parks, on walks, drives, etc. Pretty soon it becomes second nature to not leave home without one. • Invest in several, so you can have a dirty/clean rotation.

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Making water more appealing to children can help prevent dental and other health issues from developing later. Starting these healthy habits at a young age sets a pattern that will continue into healthier adult life.

To ensure life-long healthy eyes and vision, eye examinations should start early and be performed yearly! In this digital age, a thorough eye examination should not only check for a prescription and assess the health of the eyes, it should also include testing of visual function like eye teaming, tracking and focusing.

Dr. Aaron Salzano

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Dr. Salzano checks the baby's eye teaming, which is an important part of early vision development.

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Momism #21 I’m proud of you.



Christina Miller, MD

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SCHOOL READINESS If your child is apprehensive about school starting, point out the positive aspects of going back, like seeing friends, playing at recess and meeting new teachers. To get everyone ready for a successful year:

At Willamette Valley Pediatrics we believe that health care is personal. Dr. Christina Miller takes the time to develop relationships with her patients and their families to care for their “whole” health.

You and your child’s health are our priority. We know that health concerns are stressful for moms. We offer same-day appointments and can work with your busy schedule. We schedule sports physicals with minimal wait time, because we know that an active child is a healthy child. Dr. Miller strives to provide so much more than just a doctor’s visit. She knows that children are a blessing, and she partners with you and your child to help them become their best selves.


he Eugene Airport is a proud part of what makes Western Oregon such a unique place to live and visit, with direct routes connecting to hundreds of destinations.

Start your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so ahead of time. Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. Find another child in the neighborhood or friend your child can walk into school with. Check in with your child’s new teacher at the beginning of the school year. Create an environment and schedule after school that is conducive to doing homework daily.

Christina Miller, MD

1123 Hill Street SE Suite B. Albany 541-704-7304

541 704 7304

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t starts innocently: you hear that bananas are the perfect food for your baby to try as a first solid…but too much banana leads to constipation, and a constipated baby is not a happy one. Then into elementary school years where it’s one pizza party after another, and the stomach aches start. Everywhere you turn, our culture has enticing — and low fiber — foods calling out to us. And moms, we’re looking at you here too: after downing an extra tall mocha whip, you polish off the rest of your kids’ fries on the way to soccer practice, only to get home exhausted with only enough energy to bake a premade freezer meal. You need fiber too. It’s a great goal, but how do you get your family (and yourself) on the right track? •

Swap out refined breads and pasta for whole wheat or whole grain varieties. Boom, your spaghetti dinner now has fiber.

Persist: The experts are right in that you may have to present a food about 20 times before a child will like it. Don’t make it a battle, and make sure you eat your vegetables as a good example.

Make it tasty: season your food in new ways. See our article on spices in this issue.


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Bring out the good with the not-so-good: melt cheese over the broccoli if it gets it down the hatch. If ranch dressing is the key for eating baby carrots, so be it.

Get sneaky: Add mashed black bean to brownies, or cannellini beans to deviled eggs.

Chew your food: berries, pears and apples are all good sources of fiber. Beware the smoothies, as those liquified fruits and vegetables are more fiber-adjacent: they pass through you faster than food you chew, making you feel hungrier sooner.

To reward, or not to reward: Some parents are against using dessert as bribery for healthy eating, saying it sets up an unnatural system of rewards. The rest of us keep it real and shake a bag of M&Ms if it gets those green beans eaten.

And if your kid likes brussel sprouts, go ahead and celebrate…and please, tell us how you did it.

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Food and nutrition experts have been telling us for decades that properly seasoning our food can make it tastier. If you’re looking for inspiration, you might find that the right spice makes all the difference.


Apparently Mexican oregano is a totally different plant than the oregano you likely have in your cabinet, i.e., Mediterranean oregano. Mexican oregano has citrus undertones that make it great for salsas, rice and rubs. Penzeys Spices makes a good one. Give it a go on eggs and hashbrowns for a pop of flavor in your breakfast. GOOD OLD CINNAMON

Time to break out of your food rut and try something new-to-you. There are differences between the herbs and spices — it comes down to which part of the plant they come from — but for the sake of simplicity, we’re going with spices. EVERYTHING BUT THE BAGEL

You can put this on everything: potato salad, broccoli, eggs, soup, salmon, you name it. Hate the mess that traditional everything bagels make in your toaster? Instead, toast a plain bagel, top with cream cheese and sprinkle with the seasoning. Less mess, same taste. Some brands are saltier than others, so take a look at the label first and adjust accordingly.

There’s nothing outrageous about this ancient spice derived from tree bark, but there are unconventional ways to use it. Go beyond the baked goods and try it in chili, pot roasts, butter chicken, carnitas and other savory dinners. BERBERE SPICE

This traditional Ethiopian spice is a warm blend of fenugreek, ginger, paprika, cardamom and numerous other variations. Try it in a rub for baked chicken.

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If you want your food to taste right, toss those outdated ones — it’s like putting dust on your food. It’s not that expired spices will likely harm you, it’s more about taste: old ones lose flavor, potency and aroma.

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Variety is the spice of life When it comes to spices (and just about anything else) fresh is better. At the Co-op, we’re always keeping it fresh, with seasonal produce direct from local farms and a Bulk department where you can get as little or as much of any item as you need. Spice it up in bulk: How many times have you had to pay for a whole jar of bay leaves just to use two or three? Forget those frustrations at the Co-op, where you can just buy exactly the amount you need. This means you’ll always have fresher spices, and you’re free to experiment to your heart’s content. Interested in a new type of salt? Curious if a dash of that hot chili powder would kick your salsa up a notch? What about an eye-opening new tea blend or variety of coffee? In Bulk, you can find new favorites without wasting money. Locally grown hot peppers: Spice up your summer with fresh, local, organic peppers from the Co-op Produce department. Whether you’re looking for the sweet or the heat, our friends from local farms like Eloisa Organic Farm, Sunrise Organic Farm and Sunbow Produce have something growing for you. Make your pizza sing with fresh green bell peppers, fire up the grill for jalapeño poppers or bite-size shishitos, and turn up the heat in your salsa with delicious and fiery habaneros.

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back-to-school shopping

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We asked teachers: why do so many supplies get returned with children at the end of the year? The most common answer: Lists are not created by teachers. They are often general lists made by districts or the school itself, likely because teachers may not be assigned to classrooms until well into August. You can avoid over-buying by getting the basics — folders, pencils, notebooks — and waiting until the academic year gets underway for the rest. Or, save the supplies from each year and draw from your existing stock.

Go for longevity and spend more on a durable brand with strong zippers that won’t break in a year. Reinforced bottoms keep the weight of books from breaking through. Ditch the vinyl adornments. MOM advice: don’t buy a rolling-style one until you know if your child’s school allows it. Sometimes they don’t fit in lockers or cubbies.

Reusing is simple: Keep a storage bin of school supplies you already have that are in good condition, and shop from your own wares first. For the durable items you need to buy, try thrift stores like St. Vincent de Paul’s, the Salvation Army or used stores that support a cause you believe in. Swaps with other moms and deals through Facebook MarketPlace are also sources.

And that cute Pottery Barn Kids backpack with the embroidered name on the back? Totes adorbs, but skip the custom embroidery and label it on the inside tag. Advertising your child’s name could be an invitation for predators, and also when your child outgrows that print, the backpack is more difficult to reuse unless you know another Brayden.



Backpacks are the epitome of back-to-school essentials, but a new one every single school year isn’t necessary. Proof: take a tour of the pile of backpacks available at most thrift stores…it’s a museum of children’s media characters.

Crayons: You’ll likely have to get new ones each year, unless you are beyond organized at pulling together a full set from your bin at home, because these tend to break, labels fall off, etc. But fear not with those old crayons: they can be melted down into fun crafts. Avoid imported ones, as they have been found to contain asbestos (plus that whole carbon footprint thing of coming from overseas).

Before you buy: choose one that is well-made and in a style that will grow with your kid, which means opting for plain over the Marvel superhero du jour. If this makes you feel like a fun sponge, remember the larger goal: you want there to be a planet that can sustain your children’s future children.

Notebooks and paper: look for items that list the actual percentage of recycled materials they contain — beware of the glossed over labeling that’s getting away with a tiny fraction of recycled material.


Look for PVC-free and bisphenols-free (note that is plural, as in all bisphenols, not just bisphenol-A). Stainless steel is a solid bet for water bottles and lunch containers, and likely your best way of avoiding products containing lead. As always, look for US-made products, or better yet, ones made locally. CLOTHES

The average American has an astonishing number of clothing items, and many are made from oil-derived polyester. Good quality hand-me-downs are perfect for growing kids who put on two inches of height each year. So shop your own home before you head out for more. If you need gently used or new, look for 100-percent cotton, pants with reinforced knees and high-quality brands that are longer lasting than fast fashion. If you have the means and are itching to shop, find a local organization that puts together back-to-school items for children in need. Also ask your teachers what they need: last year colored paper was at a premium and many local schools were without. If your child wants to be part of the process, take them shopping with you to model how we help others.

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pets are family Changes to routines can cause stress for pets Back-to-school time can bring changes to a home’s schedule, in terms of meals, exercise routines and more. Pets are creatures of habit, and small schedule changes can sometimes lead to big upsets in behavior. With dogs, separation anxiety is a disorder that can lead to stress, destruction of home, or even self trauma like broken teeth. At its core, separation anxiety is all about the reunion: our dogs literally can’t wait to be reunited! Even if that means they have to tear through a little drywall. We can unintentionally fan the flames of their anxiety if we amp up the reunion too much. It’s best to downplay the immediate reunion until your dog calms down, then shower them with affection and attention.

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With cats, our furry overlords can be perplexing in what they interpret as stressful. For example, a bald eagle soars overhead, no problem; but if their human is suddenly home all day on Zoom meetings, they stop using the litter box. When the mortals head back to school, it creates change that can bring stress, and suddenly backpacks or clothes become the new litter box. Make sure kitty’s litter box is large, deep and far from loud noises and traffic. Use unscented, clumping litter; clean it daily and change it weekly. Sometimes medical and behavioral issues are closely tied. For your pet’s health and comfort, reach out to your veterinarian for advice.


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When screen time becomes scream time Canadian researchers found that using screen time as a reward heightens a child’s attraction to it. There’s a dopamine connection that makes detaching from a screen feel painful — and for children with developing self-regulation, this can lead to meltdowns. There are better options for rewarding your children. Some parents set up reward charts, with stars and stickers, that then lead to a special outing or activity. Praise is a wonderful motivator, and you can capture it by writing your child a card or letter. For pre-readers, craft a short picture book of your child to illustrate how proud you are of them, for example, taking turns with toys around other children. A beautiful reward for any child is your time: Build a fort, toss a frisbee, make mudpies…let your child lead the way. Your engagement with them forms connections that are critical to their development. Look for non-screen time family fun. Camping is a perfect way to unplug, and many parents are pleasantly surprised to watch their children find endless joy in trying to catch tadpoles or skip rocks across a stream.

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And our favorite? Play! It’s a tenet of what we do at Kidspirit. Sure, kids are learning skills in our programs, but they’re doing it while having a blast. It instills the idea that play and learning are connected, which is truly rewarding.


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It’s perfect, honey!

Nurturing children so they grow What kids need to grow and achieve in school and life is similar to tending a garden. With the right care, children can bloom, just like plants. Consider these parallels:

Have you ever noticed that we love our children’s artwork, no matter how purple the sky or red the grass they’ve drawn? We don’t expect it to be perfect, yet we find joy in it anyway. We find joy in their imperfection, yet we often expect no less than perfection from ourselves or our spouse. When we reflect on our

lives, seeshould what we don’t have. When we and lookexperiences, in the mirror,aswe see Air:we Kids be exposed to new ideas it helps them discover passions andCan purpose in life. our flaws insteadtheir of the blessings. we take a step back? Can we accept those few extra pounds, scuffed shoes, or not-so-new Water: Every child needs dailyor encouragement, in fact, some studies car—even occasional allowhears ourselves to up to show for with everyitsone negative rattles—and correction a child they need five positives to counterbalance. They need feedback experience satisfaction with what we have and who weand are?opportuPeace nities to practice, so they canbeimprove and grow. with ourselves liberates us to our own “best. ”

Light:the It guides the way for growth like having healthyof boundaries, Today’s day. Give yourself a breakjust from the expectation clear expectations and guidance. Helping your child understand how perfection and say, “I’m okay.” to engage in different settings and with a variety of people gives them to GRACE. socially Give thrive. It’sskills called yourself some today! Space: Think about the environment your child does best in. Do they prefer music or silence, people or privacy, new toys or familiar items? Plants to thrive brought you when by matched with the correct environment, and so will your child. Environment at school can look like sensory input, friendship support and teacher connection.

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3D-printed braces... wait, what?! There’s new technology in braces: until recently, traditional brackets used in braces have been one-size-fits-all. With 3D printing, brackets can now be custom-made to the unique shape of each tooth. It’s called LightForce, and their company motto is “one size fits one.” Moving teeth with braces is about force over time: the brackets and wire pull the teeth (albeit very slowly) to where they need to be. With custom-printed brackets adhering to each tooth’s unique contours, the straightening accuracy is improved. That means greater comfort and less office visits for adjustments. With LightForce, we start with a free consultation to determine eligibility. We do a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth, and then the brackets are printed out of ceramic-type material called polycrystalline alumina, in your choice of white or clear. They are applied to teeth the same way as traditional braces. Custom-printed brackets are the same cost as traditional braces as well as clear aligners. Aligner-tyle straightening is wonderful, but they aren’t always a good fit for each patient. This smile is brought to you by:

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Parents who opt for LightForce braces are looking for less office visits and increased comfort for their child, while getting the same great results from braces.


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