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Brought to you by Barb Colter, Health Care Expert


The statistic surrounding men’s health are alarming.

On average, men die earlier than women. They are more likely to die from all leading causes of death – including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Approximately 230,000 men are diagnosed with -- and 30,000 men die from -- prostate cancer annually in the U.S. Each year 24,000 depressed men and boys take their own lives. Overall, suicide is the eighth-leading cause of death for males, and third for young men ages 15-24.

Fortunately, these worrisome statistics may be turned around. June is Men’s Health Month, which aims to create awareness of men’s health issues and to encourage early detection and treatment.

One of the more unique challenges men face is their reluctance to seek health care. However, many health risks may actually be prevented and treated with earlier diagnosis. Screening tests often find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It is crucial that men go against their tendency to avoid health care and get regular checkups and screenings.  

Men’s health issues don’t affect only men – they have a significant impact on their family and friends, too. At Maple Street Clinic, we encourage men and their families to continually discover ways they may improve their health.

To get on the road to wellness, it is important to make a few simple lifestyle changes like eating healthy - including saying yes to breakfast, committing to exercise by choosing activities that are enjoyable to stay motivated, and making prevention a priority - see your medical provider for an age-appropriate checkup and screening.

Brought to you by Todd Barth, Senior Care expert


Todd Barth, Senior Care Expert

Falls are the No. 1 reason that seniors end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent of all hospital visits are caused by falls and accidents at home.

Many falls are preventable. Exercise can help reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. With a doctors’ permission, encourage your loved one to enjoy activities like walking, water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair exercises and stretches can also provide benefits.

Physical therapy is another option for seniors who avoid physical activity because they are afraid to fall. A therapist can create a custom exercise program aimed at improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

Also, be mindful of medications. Some medicines – or combinations of medicines – can cause adverse side effects like dizziness or drowsiness, which make the likelihood of a fall greater. Ask a doctor or pharmacist to review medications to reduce the risk.

“Home Instead Senior Care was birthed to serve seniors by our founders caring for their own Grandmother,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Hillsboro Home Instead franchise. “Our franchise and personal mission is to provide compassionate care and inspiration to our local seniors.”

Our goal is to keep seniors safe at home. Through our safety program, available at no charge to all seniors, our care consultants can help you and the senior you love identify safety and care needs in the home. Call today for a free consultation, 503-530-1527.

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Linda Baker, Holistic Healing InsiderIf you are looking for empowerment, Sacred Light Academy, located at RoseSprings Center, 5215 N.E. Elam Young Parkway, in Hillsboro, offers sacred knowledge, tools and guidance to manifest the life that you desire. The courses presented are based on ancient wisdom and spiritual truths that respond to the laws of the Universe.

The secret to changing your life is knowing the rules that govern the universal laws of creation (life) and know-how to apply these teachings, so that you can create the changes you desire. It is a bit like a video game, if you don't know the rules or how to navigate it, you are not likely to get to the next level with ease. However, with the understanding of the nature of the game and a few hacks, tricks and tips, you can conquer it with ease and flow.

The journey to empowerment is a personal experience that can be reached from diverse paths or studies. At Sacred Light Academy, you will find something that resonates with your spiritual tradition. Astrology, Energy Healing, Mediumship, Movement, New Consciousness, Shamanism -- we also offer ongoing introductory classes that may help you find your passion and path, while making new friends.

We like to have fun, share stories, and sometimes simply engage our creative side, like our Kombucha and Canvas Paint Nite, or Ecstatic Dance nights. For more information or to contact us, visit our website: Sacredlightacademy.com.

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Brought to you by Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center


Victoria and Chris GarfieldHousing prices in Forest Grove have risen 15% over the last year, with an average 3 bedroom home selling for near $300,000. Add a desperately low inventory of homes and it’s a seller’s market. You may have received a phone call from a Portland realtor asking if you would like to list your home with them. Perhaps your interest has been piqued. How much is my home worth? What would I be able to afford in a replacement home? Is now the time to get that troublesome rental off my hands?

Before you talk to a realtor from Portland, who doesn’t know this area and is interested only in a sale, Victoria and Chris Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center invite you to talk to them first.

“I have always been driven to focus on community itself,” Chris says. “We are client centered – it is less about the home sale than the circumstances of our clients.” John L. Scott Market Center has the most knowledgeable, long term and successful realtors who live right here in Forest Grove. “Many of our agents are multi-generational, being even more rooted in the community.”

If a phone call has triggered your interest in selling your home, Chris says, “Call us, we will take care of you.”

Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Insider


Nate BoydIt is air conditioned! Work out and stay cool.

Summertime means ice-cream runs, smoothies to cool off and fruity drinks by the pool. By working out in the summer, you can enjoy these treats without stressing about your body. You don’t want to lose all the fitness and hard work you've acquired throughout the year, and a workout will keep you on track.

You will look great in a swimming suit! Show off the muscles you are building this summer.

Strength training can also improve a person’s mental health, reducing depression and improving sleep quality. Look good and feel better, too!

Stay younger! As a person ages, metabolism naturally slows down, leading to gradual weight gain. Muscle is a great way to counterbalance the body’s natural slowdown, and the earlier a person starts, the easier it will be to maintain that muscle over time.

During the summer months, gyms are vacated while people head outdoors for exercise, but it’s just as important as ever to lift and tone during the warm months as it is during the cold. The Gym is emptier in the summer, so grab the advantage. Also, no morning trips to the gym in the dark.

Special prices, including The Gym’s 99 days for 99 dollars! As an esteemed patron of the Gym says, “Why weight? Because there is seven days of weak."

Brought to you by by Janet Peters, Insurance Insider


Janet Peters, Insurance InsiderSpring thaws, heavy rains, hurricanes and the rapid accumulation of rain after a wildfire can cause a flood. And, while certain areas are prone to flooding, it can happen anywhere and at any time. According to HYPERLINK "http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/ffr_overview.jsp"Floodsmart.gov, floods are the No. 1 natural disaster in the United States. "Anywhere it rains, it can flood," the federal government-run site declares.

So, are you prepared? Beyond readying your home and developing a family emergency plan, being prepared for a flood means understanding a bit about insurance.

Not everyone understands the need for a separate flood policy. Research shows that there's a common misconception that homeowners insurance covers flood damage when it typically doesn't. "Some people believe flood is part of their standard homeowners policy and, sadly, don't realize they need a separate flood policy until it's too late," said Mark Green, a senior vice president at Allstate.

Most important is the fact that a standard homeowners insurance policy typically doesn't cover flood damage. And because floods can occur anywhere, you should strongly consider purchasing a separate National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood policy through an insurance agent. Costs for flood insurance will vary depending on how much coverage you buy, what the policy covers (does it just cover the structure? the contents of your home?) and your property's flood risk. Contact Janet to assess your flood risk and learn more about flood insurance.

Brought to you by Holly Witte


Holly WitteFor as many Tasting Rooms as there are in Oregon, that’s probably how many styles of Tasting experiences there are! What are you hoping for in a Tasting visit? Are there things you should keep in mind? We think so.

The more wine you taste, the less you can actually taste it. After a while, your taste buds get a little fuzzy and your head might, too. Tasting should give you a great opportunity to sample wines might be unusual or just excellent examples of wines you already know you like. You want to be able to experience them and remember them.

We hope we are one of only two or, tops, three wineries you might visit in a day. We do love the big event weekends, of course, because so many people come out to celebrate our beautiful wine country even though we don’t get to spend a lot of time with each visitor. For a festive experience – and you have a designated driver – by all means head out on the big weekends.

Tasting on the weekends is always fun and you never know who you might meet at the bar!

If meeting the winemaker and a more personal experience is up your alley, check to see if there are private tastings available. We are open for everyone on weekends and also schedule private tastings on Tuesday – Thursday. Call us and we’ll tailor a visit so you have the best of times and taste great wine!

Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director


Scott PalmerThere is just something magical about Shakespeare outdoors. Gathering with your family and neighbors, sitting in a lawn chair with a picnic, hearing the gorgeous poetry of the Bard floating in the summer air; theater just doesn’t get any better than that!

This summer, Bag&Baggage will present our eighth annual Outdoor Shakespeare in the glorious surroundings of Hillsboro’s Civic Center Plaza ~ a remarkable chance for our community to experience one of Shakespeare’s least-performed works in a powerful new world premiere adaptation ~ with an all-female cast!

Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays, but it feels like it was written with our current political climate in mind. A powerful political dynasty, spin doctors, angry citizens, and arrogant politicians combine in a fast-paced, action-packed performance seemingly ripped right from today’s headlines. Bag&Baggage is proud to be Hillsboro’s resident professional theater company, and our outdoor work is hailed as just as challenging ~ and just as good ~ as anything we produce indoors.

Summer Shakespeare truly is a special experience; a chance to gather together as a community and enjoy all the amazing things Hillsboro has to offer, including the spectacular weather. Grab a camp chair, a picnic, and a few dozen friends and join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Shakespeare’s bloody tale of revenge and betrayal outdoors in the sun. Coriolanus opens July 7 and runs through July 23 at the Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro.

More information and tickets can be found online at: bagnbaggage.org. 

Brought to you by Hybrid Heating & Cooling, Kevin Kuntz Heating and Cooling Insider


Kevin KuntzThe first thing you should always check before you start your air conditioner is to make sure the air filter is clean. Dirty filters can restrict air flow to the coil. This could cause it to ice up and damage the air circulating blower.

Air conditioners are designed to maintain roughly a 15 to 20 degree difference from outside to inside, so when the forecast temperature outside is to reach above 85 degrees, it is best to set your air conditioner to come on around 1 p.m. to start cooling your home. If you wait to turn on the A.C. when you get home around 5 or so, the system will not only need to remove the heat currently in your home, but also the heat still infiltrating in. This forces the A.C. system to work harder, adding to your energy costs.

Customers sometimes want the biggest A.C. unit available. This is not wise, as the system will have short run cycles, causing you to use more energy than a properly sized unit, yet not running long enough to take moisture out of the air. Not removing the moisture can make your home feel sticky and humid.

Something most homeowners don’t understand is that turning the thermostat below 72 or 73 can cause health problems. At these temperatures and below, air conditioners have removed most of the moisture in the home. The only other place moisture can come from is your body, kids, and pets.

Brought to you by Chris and Victoria Garfield, REAL ESTATE INSIDERS


CHRIS & VICTORIA GARFIELD

Drive until you qualify. That is the saying going around in our office right now, and it definitely describes the state of our current housing market. First-time homebuyers are priced out of a commute of less than 40 minutes, and at this pace, it could exceed an hour before the end of the year.

It seems like yesterday that Forest Grove was the affordable community at the west end of the Portland metro area. Now it is reported as the most popular suburban community in Oregon. It was only a couple years ago Forest Grove hosted the “Street of Affordable Dreams.” But affordability is no longer what buyers are talking about with respect to our town.

In 2012, I paid $100 per foot for my home in an unfinished Pacific Crossing. Today there are nine new homes being built in my neighborhood, priced at an average of $167 per foot.

And suddenly the solution dawns on me. Everyone with a 1,500 square foot home needs to sell and upgrade to a 2,500 square foot home. Here is some simple math: In 2012, a 1,500 square foot home sold on average for $111 per foot. Today they are selling for $191 per foot. Homes 2,500 to 3,000 square feet are selling for $150 per foot. You can upgrade, and your principal and interest on average will be less than $300 more per month. There is not enough room here to explain more, but call to discuss further!

JOHN L. SCOTT MARKET CENTER REAL ESTATE

1936 PACIFIC AVENUE

FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116

503.359.9100

www.forestgroveoffice.johnlscott.com

Brought to you by Janet Peters, owner of Janet Peters Allstate Insurance, INSURANCE INSIDER


JANET PETERS

We all make silly comments from time to time. But what if you're sued for something you say, or something you write? That may sound like a far-fetched concept, but consider a scenario where you write a negative online review of a business, or you post an unfavorable comment about a person on social media ~ and you’re sued as a result.

It does happen. And that’s where a personal umbrella insurance policy may help. This optional coverage provides liability protection that may help protect you in a number of situations, such as if you’re sued over alleged libel or slander.

An umbrella policy typically kicks in once you've reached the liability limits on an underlying policy, such as homeowners or auto insurance. So, for instance, if a visitor was injured at your home and you were sued as a result, umbrella coverage may help cover legal expenses if they exceed the limits of your homeowners policy. In other cases, such as a libel or slander lawsuit, it may provide liability protection for situations that may not be covered by other types of insurance. Most insurers will want you to have at least $300,000 in homeowners liability coverage before they'll sell you an umbrella policy.

While you probably don't expect to face an accusation of libel or slander, mistakes can happen and the repercussions can be costly. An umbrella policy may help give you peace of mind, knowing you have extra liability protection in place, just in case.

 

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FOREST GROVE, OREGON

503.357.7179

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Brought to you by Nate Boyd, owner of The Gym, FITNESS INSIDER


NATE BOYD

Warm weather is upon us. Summer is coming along with longer days and more time to do all kinds of different stuff. While you think about all the chores and fun on tap for this summer, just remember that everything can benefit from a little exercising.

Let’s say you head up to the lake for a little action on the water. The boards on the boat are ready to be put to use. You know your abs, shoulders, knees, and neck are going to get put to the test. With a few good exercises and proper form training at The Gym, your 70 seconds of being pulled now turns into a few solid minutes of gliding and spinning gracefully across the water, cutting and carving all the way.

Or let’s say you have been trimming and primping your yard for hours, and you have many more hours to go. Your lower back, knees, feet, hands, and neck are going to be stressed and fatigued. With some good workouts and some rejuvenating physical exercise, your long day of yard work turns into a much more enjoyable day in the sun.

Summer is a great season to get started at The Gym. There is something that can help almost anyone with virtually any summertime task or adventure. Summer memberships are available, and the staff is always ready to help get you started on any goal you care to tackle. It’s in your hands, and, as always: Stay strong, my friends.

THE GYM

1901 MOUNTAIN VIEW LANE

FOREST GROVE, OREGON 97116

503.359.9213

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