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In the news – Older Driver Safety Week

Older driverThis morning occupational therapists Jess Poland and Laurena Reichel from St. Joseph Hospital sat down with Wayne on WABI TV 5’s Healthy Start segment to talk about older safety drivers week.

Click here to watch the spot!

As those around us age, family, friends, ourselves … we become aware of limitations. Being mobile is very important to independence and when age takes that away it can be very difficult for seniors. We will talk about safe driving with seniors

Originated by the American Occupational Therapy Association, you can take advantage of AAA’s resources, including science-based tools and programs, to navigate the issues associated with senior safety and mobility.

Throughout Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 5-9, 2016), AAA will highlight different aspects of older driver safety and aim to promote the importance mobility and transportation play in ensuring older adults remain active in their communities. Dates and topics include:

December 5: Identifying Changes That Can Affect Driving
December 6: Family Conversations
December 7: Screening & Evaluation
December 8: Driving Equipment & Adaptations
December 9: Taking Changes in Stride

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best ever chocolate chip cookiesThe best ever flour-less + healthy chocolate chip cookies. These healthy chocolate chip cookies have no butter, white flour, or refined white sugar. They are bursting with flavor and sure to be your new favorite healthy “indulgence.”

Thank you Chelsea’s Messy Apron! 

Best EVER healthy chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time – 10 mins
Cook Time – 10 mins


  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 and 1/2 cups oat flour regular oats blended in a blender
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Optional: coarse sea salt
  1. Take regular old fashioned oats or quick oats and blend them until they resemble a flour or powder in a blender or food processor.
  2. Combine the vanilla extract, large egg, and brown sugar in a bowl. Melt the coconut oil and let it cool slightly before adding to the bowl. Beat everything together until just combined.
  3. Stir in the oat flour (measured after blending NOT before), baking soda, cinnamon (scale this amount to taste preferences), and salt.
  4. Stir until just combined and then fold in the dark chocolate chips.
  5. Chill the dough for at least one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Using a cookie scoop (and pack these in the scoop very tightly or they may crumble), scoop out balls of the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press a few more chocolate chips in the tops if desired.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  9. Remove and allow to stay on the baking sheet for another 2 minutes before removing to a wire cooling rack.
  10. Enjoy!
Quick Tips:
  1. Any substitutions NOT recommended. Although some “tried and true” substitutions may work in other recipes, I do not guarantee they work in this recipe. Especially substituting out the coconut oil (it is needed for stability in this recipe)
  2. Scoop out the dough with a cookie scoop to avoid the coconut oil coming back to room temperature after the chilling. Don’t have a cookie scoop? Use your hands, but then re-chill the dough for 15-30 minutes after the balls are rolled.
  3. Pack in the cookies TIGHT in the cookie scoop (or your hands) to avoid crumbly cookies.
  4. It is recommended you check your baking soda and make sure it is not expired. Old baking soda will cause an off taste in these cookies and may make them very flat.
  5. Measure the ingredients exactly. As with most baked goods, loosely measuring may result in cookies that do not work out.
  6. If your cookies are turning out a little dryer than you would like, check the following things: are you packing in the oat flour too tightly? Don’t pack in the oat flour and perhaps try spooning and leveling the flour into the cup measurers. Are you measuring the coconut oil when solid? Make sure to measure it in a liquid form. What kind of egg are you using? The recipe calls for a large egg, not medium. I use and highly recommend organic eggs. They are always a little larger than “regular” large eggs and have a yellower yolk which tends to add more flavor and moistness to these cookies.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool completely or they tend to be crumbly. They are DELICIOUS right out of the oven, but a bit crumbly until they have cooled all the way.

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It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week

Nat Flu vacc week 2017As we head into flu season, remember to keep preventive healthcare at the top of your to-do list. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the annual influenza vaccine for everyone six months of age and older.

Influenza (flu), also referred to as seasonal flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Anyone can get the flu as it is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

During National Influenza Vaccination Week, get your annual flu vaccine at a local pharmacy or through your healthcare provider.

Click the link below to listen to the spot on Downtown with Rick Kimball about this important week.

For more information, contact: American Lung and click here.