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    Wednesday, February 12, 2020   A5
The Dalles Chronicle
Toys enhance kids’ nutrition therapy at MCMC
Colorful toys to encour-
age active play, such as
hacky sacks, hopping balls,
and jump ropes, have been
distributed to young patients
at Mid-Columbia Medical
Center—much to their
The purchase of the toys
was made possible by a grant
that Mid-Columbia Health
Foundation received from
the Juan Young Trust to help
combat childhood obesity.
“Every child who recently
came in for nutrition therapy
has been given something
fun to take home,” said
Melody Acosta, a regis-
tered dietitian nutritionist
and certified specialist in
pediatric nutrition at MCMC.
“And bigger toys have been
reserved for kids who follow
through with their goals. The
patients have been loving
their surprise toys!”
When a child is identified
by their doctor as overweight,
the child may be referred
to MCMC for outpatient
medical nutrition thera-
py. Through the program,
registered dietitians provide
the necessary support and
education to help the child
improve their health and
eating habits.
The program, located at
MCMC Water’s Edge, begins
with an hour-long assess-
ment of a child’s current
habits and food intake. The
entire family is invited to
attend in order to understand
ways to help the patient at
home. The families—or the
patients themselves, if they
are older than 8 years—are
asked to make a commitment
to a lifestyle change.
“It might be something as
small as ‘stop drinking soda’
or ‘eat breakfast at home
every day’ or ‘eat vegetables
at lunchtime,’” said Acosta.
“These small changes make a
big difference over time.”
Shorter follow-up appoint-
ments of 15 to 30 minutes
each occur between two
weeks and three months, and
small goals are set at each
visit with a goal of decreasing
Melody Acosta, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified specialist in pediatric nutrition at MCMC, stands among some of
the child’s body mass index
the colorful toys given to young patients to encourage active play.
Contribued photo/MCMC
Wednesday, February 12
Laser Postcards, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
at The Dalles-Wasco County
Public Library, 722 Court St., The
Dalles. Registration required;
Thursday, February 13
After Hours with the Wasco
County Historical Society is 5 to
7 p.m. at the historic St. Paul’s
Chapel, 601 Union St., The
Dalles. The event, in its seventh
year, is intended to be an infor-
mal way for people who are on
the various boards and commit-
tees of historical organizations in
The Dalles and Wasco County to
get to know each other and give
an update on their activities and
future plans. Appetizers will be
served, and there will be a cake
to celebrate Oregon’s birthday.
Governmental affairs, 7 to 8 a.m.
at The Barbecue, 1013 W. Sixth
St., The Dalles. Open to public.
NAIL POLISH: Teen Nail Polish
Art, 4 to 5 p.m. at The Dalles-
Wasco County Public Library,
722 Court St., The Dalles.
Cookie cutter funerals?
Jack Trumbull. Learn about
legal issues, advance directives,
documents and assets to protect
yourself, your family and your as-
sets. Free, RSVP 541-296-2600.
Open house, pizza and drinks.
those half-finished projects in
your closet. Bring your yarn and
knitting needles/crochet hooks,
or other projects and a sack
lunch. All ladies are welcome.
Free, noon to 2 p.m. at the
Salvation Army Fellowship Hall,
623 E. Third St., The Dalles.
20, Oregon Retired Educators,
will meet noon at the Kobe
Asian Cuisine (next to Rite Aid)
in The Dalles. The program will
be presented by Don Warren,
president of Main Street The
Dalles. Inquiries may be directed
to Unit 20 President Sue Hukari,
Wednesday, February 19
Family & Caregiver Alzheimer’s/
Dementia Support Group 3-4
p.m. Meetings are held the third
Wednesday of each month.
at Flagstone Senior Living,
3325 Columbia View Drive,
The Dalles. Also, Alzheimer’s
& Dementia Related Support
Group, 3 to 4 p.m. on the Terrace
at Flagstone.
Thursday, February 20
after hours, Curtis Homes, exact
location to be announced, 5 to
7 p.m.
Kiwanis meetings are held every
Thursday at noon at Spooky’s,
and visitors are welcome. This
week’s events include: Tracy
Witkowski will talk about foster
parenting. For more information
go to
Friday, February 14
Yoga, 10 to 10:30 a.m. at The
Dalles-Wasco County Public
Library, 722 Court St., The
Dalles. Free.
Saturday, February 15
ADULT YOGA: Adult Yoga, 10
a.m. at The Dalles-Wasco County
Public Library, 722 Court St., The
Dalles. Heart and hip openers.
camp in Rufus is the topic of the
third Regional History forum
at the Original Wasco County
Courthouse. Presenter Cal
McDermid is director of the Fort
Dalles Museum and a Sherman
County native. He explores the
unique settlement in Old Wasco
and later Sherman County, and
the role of Camp Rufus in devel-
oping technology for bridging
the Rhine in a presentation
titled “Rufus and the Army Camp
that Helped End World War II.”
Program begins at 1:30 p.m. in
the upstairs courtroom of the
1859 courthouse, 410 W. 2nd
Place, The Dalles. Admission is
free, cookies and coffee will be
served. Additional forums are
Feb. 22 and 29.
free family movie at Columbia
Cinema, 10 a.m., doors open
9:15 a.m. Doors close at 10:10
a.m. or earlier if the maximum of
400 people has already arrived.
YouthThink volunteers will be
collecting free-will donations
for the local food bank and Back
Pack program. Donations not
required for entrance.
Console Play, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at
The Dalles-Wasco County Public
Library, 722 Court St., The
Dalles. Free.
Monday, February 17
ON AIR: The Dalles Area
Chamber of Commerce on the
Air. Chamber chat on all sorts
of topics. 8:35 a.m KIHR; 10:10
a.m. KODL.
AGLOW: The Dalles Aglow
Lighthouse Meeting, 6 to 9 p.m.,
no host dinner with reservation,
open meeiting 6:45 p.m. Global
Kingdom movement made up of
women and men with a single
purpose: to see God’s will be
done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Focus of this meeting will be
President’s Day and praying for
our country with live music.
Tuesday, February 18
planning and bereavement are
the topics noon Tuesday, Feb. 18,
at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 204
E. 4th St., The Dalles. Speakers
will include attorney Thomas
Peachey, Hear of Hospice’s
Rheva Wren, family counselor
Dianne Level and funeral director
Brady, III, 73, a resident
of Hood River, Ore., died
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2019, at
his home with family by his
side. He was born April 7,
1947. A celebration of his
life is planned for March 14,
2020, at the Crag Rat Hut, 960
Crag Rat Road, Hood River.
Please RSVP to 541-386-8782.
Arrangements under the di-
rection of Anderson’s Tribute
Center, 1401 Belmont Ave.,
Hood River. Visit www.
com to leave a note of condo- Home in The Dalles, Ore.
He was born Sept. 29, 1938.
lence for the family.
A graveside service will be
Jennifer D. McLaren, 26, a held 10:30 a.m. Thursday,
resident of Hood River, Ore., Feb. 13, 2020, at Willamette
National Cemetery, 11800
died in The Dalles Tuesday,
Feb. 4, 2020. A Celebration of SE Mt Scott Blvd., Happy
Valley, Ore. Arrangements
her life will be held in April
with date and time pending. under the direction of
Anderson’s Tribute Center,
Check the Spencer, Libby
Celilo Chapel, 204 E. 4th
and Powell Funeral Home’s
Street, The Dalles. Visit www.
website for upcoming info.
John Proctor, 81, died Dec. com to leave a note of condo-
27, 2019, at Oregon Veterans’ lence for the family.
Not from us. In your time of loss
your family has unique needs and is
better served with a service that
reflects your unique attributes and
your unique wishes.
Lorene “Judy” Walker
Johansson, 75, a resident
of The Dalles, Ore., died
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.
Viewing will be held 9 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at
Spencer, Libby & Powell
Funeral Home. Graveside
services are planned for
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
15, 2020, at IOOF Cemetery
(Parklawn), 2565 3 Mile Road,
The Dalles, Oregon.
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