Rye Month

Rye Month

It’s Rye Month, and if you’ve never played with the classic whole grain, we can help you get started with healthy rye recipes.

Make the classic at home with this recipe for Spelt & Rye Sourdough Bread.

Spelt & Rye Sourdough Bread
Image and Recipe via In the Mood for Food


These Healthy Cherry Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chunks are made with whole grain rye flour.

Healthy Cherry Muffins with Dark Chocolate Chunks
Image and Recipe Hey Nutrition Lady


Don’t skip the bread with this Steak and Rye Panzanella salad.

Steak and Rye Panzanella
Image and Recipe Woman’s Day


Impress guests with a fancy cheese platter and homemade Crispy Rye Crackers with Seeds.

Image and Recipe Jerne J Kitchen


Lighten up your family’s favorite comfort food with Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Rye Crumbs.

Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Rye Crumbs
Image and Recipe Healthy Food Guide


Salmon Tartare & Avocado on Rye is the perfect light and easy meal for warm summer nights.

Salmon Tartare & Avocado on Rye
Image and Recipe House & Garden


Whip up a healthy Dark Chocolate Chip & Rye Banana Bread for the perfect weekend brunch.

Dark chocolate chip & rye banana bread

National Breastfeeding Month

National Breastfeeding Month

It’s National Breastfeeding Month, and we had more information and tips about breastfeeding for new and expectant moms all week long.

What can breastfeeding do for you and your baby? Learn more.

Why Breastfeed?


Everything you need to know about breastfeeding in one handy guide.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding


For many women, pumping and storing breast milk is key to going back to work after they have a baby. Learn more about the basics of pumping breast milk.

How to Pump & Store Breastmilk


If you’re a new mom, you might not know these surprising facts about nursing your newborn.

Your Newborn and Breastfeeding


If you’re struggling to produce milk but still want to breastfeed, these natural ways to boost milk production could help.

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, your diet is still very important! These foods can help you get the nutrients you need.

What You Need for Healthy Breastmilk


Natural disasters can be especially hard on you and your baby if you’re breastfeeding. Have a plan in case of emergency.

Planning for Disasters While Breastfeeding

Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Children’s Vision and Learning Month

It’s Children’s Vision and Learning Month, and you’d be surprised how important vision can be to learning.

1 in 10 children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their ability to learn.

Children's Vision and Learning


20/20 vision means you can see at a distance, but it doesn’t mean a child can focus, coordinate, and track with their eyes, which can impact their performance in school.

Vision and Focus at School


Children with vision problems can be misdiagnosed with ADHD because they have poor reading comprehension, skip or reread lines, take longer to do school work, or show a short attention span.

Mistaken ADHD Diagnoses Based on Vision Issues


Teaching your kids skills like using scissors, drawing, painting, and handwriting before school can help them establish hand-eye coordination, be ahead in school, and help you spot potential eye problems.

Teaching Hand-Eye Coordination


School vision screenings provide less than 4% of the eye tests needed to help kids see, and they can miss up to 75% of vision problems.

School Vision Screenings


61% of children who were found to have eye problems through school screenings are never taken to the doctor to get help.

Going to the Eye Doctor


Yearly comprehensive vision exams with an eye doctor are the best way to protect your child’s sight and make sure they’re prepared to learn at school.

National Panini Month

National Panini Month

It’s National Panini Month, and you can lighten up your lunch with these homemade, healthy panini recipes.

First up is a classic combination in this Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Panini.

Apple, Cheddar, and Turkey Panini
Image and Recipe via The Novice Chef


Go meatless with this light and satisfying Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Panini.

Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Panini
Image and Recipe via Serious Eats


Skip the lunch takeout at your local bakery with this homemade Southwest Avocado Chicken Panini.

Southwest Avocado Chicken Panini Recipe


Get a taste of classic Italian with this Spinach, Artichoke, and Sun-Dried Tomato Panini.

Spinach, Artichoke & Sun-dried Tomato Panini


Perfect with soup or a salad, whip up a Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini for a hearty lunch.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini


This Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini is a great replacement for your go-to egg salad sandwich.

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini

Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini


Get a taste of the holidays year-round with a Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Mustard Panini.

Turkey, Brie, and Cranberry Mustard PaniniImage and Recipe via Just a Little Bit of Bacon

National Goat Cheese Month

National Goat Cheese Month

It’s National Goat Cheese Month, and a little goes a long way in these satisfying, healthy goat cheese recipes.

First up is an Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast that’s great for breakfast or lunch.

Avocado, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Toast


This pretty pinwheel Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula will impress guests:

Chicken with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Image and Recipe via Simply Recipes


Whip up gorgeous Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta for a light summer pasta dish.

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta

Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta.


Lighten up lunch by going meatless with an Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich.

Avocado, Cucumber, Goat Cheese Sandwich
Image and Recipe via EatGood4Life


This beautiful Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese is better than your Friday night takeout. 

Sopressa Pizza with Pesto and Goat Cheese
Image and Recipe via Naturally Nutritious


Beautiful Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts is the perfect summer side.

Roasted Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese & Walnuts
Image and Recipe via The Cook’s Pyjamas


Impress your loved one with this rich Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese.

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Exercise with Your Child Week

Exercise with Your Child Week

It’s Exercise with Your Child Week, and we can help your family get moving all week.

How much exercise do your kids really need at different ages? 

How Much Exercise Do Kids Need?


If you’re trying to squeeze in a quick workout with your kids, here are 10 exercises you can all do together.

How to Exercise At Home with Kids


Dad can make playing with the kids a workout with these exercises from Men’s Health.

Playing as a Workout


Balance time spent on sedentary play, like reading books and playing with toys, with play that requires physical activity, like tag, hide and seek, and hopscotch.

Make Time for Active Play


Set aside daily time for active movement together, maybe it’s swimming at the pool in the summer, walking the dog, or playing catch.

Daily Time for Movement


Instead of going to the movies, pick family activities that get you moving, like bowling, mini golf, or laser tag.

Get Moving for Family Night


Have weekly sports nights where you use a set of exercise cards, play lawn games (like shuffleboard, bags, or badminton), or even get moving with physically active video games.

Competition with the Family

Make Time to Declutter

Vantage Point: Downsize and Declutter for Safety

The month of August has this great week called the National Safe At Home Week, August 26 to 30, and that got me thinking about things that people could do to keep their home safer.

What came to me instantly was to declutter! I must admit that I am a bit of a clutter bug. I somehow keep collecting more pots and pans (I’m honestly not sure how this happens), and I have this need to collect cookbooks or cooking magazines that have yummy recipes in them. And don’t even get me started on my Halloween decorations collection.

I’ve come to recently realize that I just have too much stuff. I’m also finding myself getting a tad bit anxious when the stuff seems to be too much to keep organized or in place. I need to make a change, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Why not use this month, or a week in this month, to get the clutter bug under control? I think you might thank yourself later when you have more peace, maybe more money in your pocket (hey, the summer is a great time for a yard sale) and a safer environment that is less cluttered. (I don’t really believe in the notion of being “clutter-free,” but I think we can work to have less clutter in our lives.)

Health Alliance Northwest has great presentations about a whole host of topics that we share with the community, and one of them is called Downsize and Declutter. It gives practical advice on how to start the declutter and downsize process, how to stick with it, and the possible rewards of getting through the process, along with other helpful tips. If you’re interested in having an outreach liaison, like me, present this to your group, please email me at Breck.Obermeyer@healthalliance.org to schedule a time. Happy decluttering!

Breck Obermeyer is a community liaison with Health Alliance Northwest, serving Yakima County. She is a small-town girl from Naches and has a great husband who can fix anything and 2 kids who are her world.