The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 06, 2016, Page A10, Image 10

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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Quality Healthcare Close To Home
170 Ford Road, John Day • 541-575-1311 •
Here’s to a Healthy 2016
As New Year’s Day came and
went, I resolved to do what
half of all Americans do this
time of year—not make a
New Year’s resolution. But
like so many of my goals, this
one quickly fizzled as I
realized I needed to do it. It
turns out all of those sugar
cookies, candy canes, and
chocolates I ate over the
holidays decided to stick
around, and I suddenly had a
few extra pounds to lose.
Of course, weight loss is the
most common of all New
Year’s resolutions, and it
shouldn’t be surprising, since
2/3 of all Americans are
overweight and 1/3 are
obese. The next most
common resolutions? To
exercise more and to quit
smoking. Only 20% of
Americans get enough
exercise, and 17.8% of all
Americans smoke these days,
which is actually down from
20.9% in 2005.
Resident of the Month
I’m familiar with these
numbers because I deal with
these problems every day at
work. As a family physician, I
enjoy helping people make
positive changes to improve
their health. But I’m
constantly reminded of the
direct relationship between
lifestyle and health. For
example, if people overeat
and don’t exercise, they are
often obese, which leads to
high blood pressure,
diabetes, high cholesterol,
arthritis, heart disease, sleep
apnea, and chronic back
pain. In the medical field, we
spend a lot of time and
money treating these
medical conditions, when, in
fact, we could prevent most
of them with healthier
living. 50% of premature
death is due to lifestyle and
other preventable factors.
This is why most of my
patients have heard me
recommend healthy diet,
regular exercise, and cutting
out the tobacco and alcohol.
So, as much as I hate to say
it, a few New Year’s
resolutions could probably
do me some good in the
long run. Studies show that
half of all New Year’s
resolutions are kept for 6
months or more, so if more
of us made resolutions to
improve lifestyle, fewer
people would have to see
doctors like me so often.
Donna was born December
27, 1945 in Heppner, Oregon
to Darrel and Oleta Farrens.
Donna joined a sister,
Dorinda Kaye Harding
(Farrens) at home. Then a
few years later came baby
brother Glenn Farrens.
Donna was raised in the small
town of Monument, Oregon
where she attended all of her
school years. Donna played
volleyball in high school.
Donna went to school with
Robert C. Cox and later
married her high school
sweetheart, Robert (Bob).
They were married
September 5, 1964 in the
Monument Presbyterian
Bob and Donna moved to
Portland, Oregon for a short
time, where their daughter,
Donna (Missy) Michellle was
born on March 19, 1967. A
short while later, Bob and
Donna moved back to their
home town of Monument,
Oregon. Next came a bundle
of joy, they named Robert
Troy Cox on February 11,
Donna was a stay at home
mom with the kids, while
they were small. Donna had
a huge vegetable garden to
take care of every year, for
her family. After the kids
finished school, Donna went
to work for the Post Office in
Monument, following in her
mother’s footsteps.
Donna and Bob celebrated
their 51st wedding
anniversary in 2015.
Donna’s pride and joy are not
only her kids but her
grandsons, all five of them:
Tyler, Kurt and Jarret Boyer
and Tell and Reece Cox. She
also has two new great
grandbabies, twin girls;
Aubrey and Addison.
Here are some ideas for New
Year’s resolutions for a
healthier 2016:
• Schedule an appointment
with your health care
provider to discuss ways to
improve your health.
• Download and use a diet
or fitness app on your phone
and use it regularly (e.g.
myfitnesspal, Strava,
RunKeeper, and Weight
Watchers Mobile are some of
my favorites). If you don’t
have a smart phone, keep a
food diary. Studies show that
simply recording what you
eat leads to weight loss.
• Get 30 minutes of exercise
5 days a week. Experts
recommend at least 150
minutes of moderate-
intensity activity per week
for weight loss.
• Start or join a walking
group. When you’re
accountable to others, you’re
more likely to go.
• Get caught up on health
screening measures, like
immunizations, a
mammogram, or a
• If you smoke, make a goal
and a plan to quit and stick
to it.
• If you drink alcohol, make
a goal to cut back or quit
drinking altogether.
It might just take a small
New Year’s resolution to
make a big difference in
your health. From all of us at
Blue Mountain Hospital and
the Strawberry Wilderness
Community Clinic, we wish
you a happy and healthy
Dr. Hall
Welcome to
Jan. 6, 1916
Grant County Journal
100 years ago
Report has it that the Dix-
ie Meadows Mine, the cred-
itors of which forced it into
the hands of a receiver some
time ago, is as good as sold,
and if such is the case there
is every probability that it
will be operated again during
the coming year. The Dixie
Meadows has a large body
of ore that runs pretty rich
in places, and men who have
investigated it and should
know, state that if the mine
is worked on a large scale
and the work of extraction
all done on the ground it
will be a big and profitable
producer. The working of
any of the large quartz prop-
erties north of town would
distribute a lot of money in
Prairie City, and add great-
ly to the prosperity of the
months. Upon their return to
Long Beach, they told a col-
umnist for the Long Beach
daily newspaper about their
stay in Mt. Vernon.
The following informa-
tion was part of the colum-
nist’s story about Mt. Vernon
as it appeared in the large
California newspaper:
“It’s a place with about
500 people, located out of
Eastern Oregon on U.S.
Highway 26, near such
unique places as John Day
and Canyon City, all rich in
history of that region. It’s
hill and high desert country,
where people live close to
nature and have a great time
doing it.”
“There’s an abandoned
gold dredge near the town
that’s a tourist attraction.”
“Now if this doesn’t make
the bulletin board at Mt. Ver-
non’s Wagon Wheel, I’ll set
fire to the place if I ever go
through there.”
Jan. 3, 1941
Blue Mountain Eagle
75 years ago
Jan. 3, 1991
Blue Mountain Eagle
25 Years ago
Seems that way
It often and too often, said
the WPA worker seems like
the bigger the man the softer
the job. The big, strapping
fellow gets the lead pencil
and an eraser to work with,
while the shriveled and puny
get the pick to swing. The
weaker they are; the bigger
the pick. That is the way that
life runs. Those that have get
and those that have not get
less. The soft jobs go to the
husky and strong while the
weak ones carry the heavy
end of the stick. That is the
way life is.
Mt. Vernon man hurt
slightly by shotgun in un-
usual accident
Jay Smith of Mt. Vernon
was struck below the eye by
a shotgun pellet at his resi-
dence Dec. 30.
According to the Oregon
State Patrol, Smith walked
down to his paper-box at
approximately 1 p.m. He
reportedly heard a gun-
shot across U.S. Highway
26 at Moon Creek County
Road and looked up to see
a male juvenile fire direct-
ly at him. Smith was then
struck in the cheek just be-
low his left eye with a single
He proceeded to walk
across the highway and told
a juvenile that he had been
struck. “Don’t worry about
it man. It was just an acci-
dent,” replied the juvenile,
before driving away.
Smith was taken to Blue
Mountain Hospital in John
Day. He was told the shotgun
pellet could not be removed
without causing nerve dam-
age. The incident is under
Jan. 6, 1966
Blue Mountain Eagle
50 Years ago
Mt. Vernon Gains Fame
idents here have found
out that being friendly to-
wards tourists has rich
A honeymooning cou-
ple from Long Beach, Ca-
lif., stopped in Mt. Vernon
to stay overnight, but were
so impressed with the com-
munity they stayed three
Just a reminder...
I will be starting the 2016 National Diabetes Prevention
Program (NDPP) this month. If you would like to refer any
of your patients, please fill out the referral form and get it
to me ASAP. Remember, individuals may enroll in the NDPP
based on the following eligibility criteria:
• 18 years or older
• BMI >24
• Diagnosis of prediabetes or GDM, OR score 9 or higher
on the CDC’s Prediabetes Screening Test. (I will put this
form in your mail box)
of diabetes.
Eagle file photo
From the Jan. 4, 2006, Blue Mountain Eagle: After
the first snowstorm of early December, Jack and
Denice Seebart pose in their Bridge Street yard
with Heidi and Frosty.
School meetings planned
District No. 3 seeks
community input
qualify if they already have a diagnosis
Blue Mountain Eagle
Thank you for your referrals! - Kim Jacobs
For more information, contact Kim Jacobs at 541-575-2369
Grant School District No. 3
will hold three community in-
put night meetings this month.
Grant Union Junior-Senior
High School superintendent
Curt Shelley said the meetings
will give parents, students and
others in the community an op-
portunity to share what is go-
ing well with the schools and
improvements needed.
Visiting Specialists
Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, Jan. 7: 6 p.m.,
Humbolt Elementary School
computer lab.
Monday, Jan. 11: 6 p.m.,
Seneca School library.
Tuesday, Jan. 12: 6 p.m.,
Grant Union Junior-Senior
High School library.
Shelley added the meetings
also mark the beginning stages
of the budget process.
For more information, call
the appropriate school: Hum-
bolt, 541-575-0454; Sene-
ca, 541-542-2542; or Grant
Union, 541-575-1799.
Arts program continues in January
Blue Mountain Eagle
2nd - Dr. O’Hollaren - Bend Urology
4th - Dr. Sandefur - Baker Ortho
8th - Dr. Rushton - Baker Podiatrist
10th - Dennis Sell - Bend Hearing
18th - Dr. Sandefur - Baker Ortho
22nd - Dr. Rushton - Baker Podiatrist
23rd - Dr. McLellan - Bend Cardio
The Grant County Youth
Arts Program will continue its
choir program in 2016, with
rehearsals starting Tuesday,
Jan. 12.
Junior Choir, for ages 4-8,
will be conducted by Janine
Goodwin. Youth Choir, ages
9-16, and Senior Choir, 17
and up, will be conducted by
Rebecca Bogardus.
YAP also offers string
ensemble for violinists, vi-
olists, cellists and bassists
of all ages, and flute choir
for all ages. The ensembles
accommodate any playing
For more information or to
sign up, call Janine Goodwin,
541-820-4331, or Rebecca
Bogardus, 541-987-2440, or
visit http://www.studiobogar-