Friendly, Empowering Health Content

Readers are hungry for health content that is easy to understand. Sam writes content for blogs, publications, doctor's offices, fitness professionals, and healthy brands. She typically ghostwrites health and fitness content, but here are some examples of her bylined blog posts or articles in the niche.

The Science of Taste and Smell & the Covid-19 Connection

What can your sense of taste and smell tell you about your health? The answers may surprise you. OSU Food Science Professor Juyun Lim studies how people experience taste, smell, and other related chemosensory stimuli. Her research focuses “primarily on understanding how human taste and smell work and the role of underlying human taste and smell perception and the role of human sensory perception in food preference,” she said.

OHA Sex Advice in the Time of COVID-19

The Oregon Health Authority wants you to quarantine and chill – safely. In case you missed it, the agency tweeted an infographic on April 8, outlining ways Oregonians can enjoy sexual activity while social distancing. One tip from the OHA graphic explains, “you are your own safest sex partner.” The OHA encourages Oregonians to “take this time to find out what makes you feel good.” The infographic “Sex in the Time of COVID-19″ was credited to the OHA community initiative project End HIV Oregon.

Coronavirus Emerges in Oregon: Updates, Tips and Resources

The Oregon Health Authority confirmed the state’s first presumptive case of Novel Coronavirus on Friday afternoon February 28. Earlier that morning Governor Kate Brown announced the formation a Coronavirus Response Team to coordinate responses to COVID-19. “Our first concern is for this individual, to make sure they’re being cared for and is able to recover,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Our next priority is finding out who this individual had contact with and make sure they know about the

Gadusol: Safer Sunscreen for Fish & Humans

Every summer, ocean lovers face the sunscreen dilemma. Fully protective sunscreen helps prevent sunburn and skin cancer, yet some popular sunscreen ingredients may harm marine life and the environment. Gadusol Laboratories is a Corvallis-based startup that hopes to offer a nature-inspired solution to the sunscreen dilemma by developing new sun protection alternatives based on a naturally occurring compound, called gadusol, found in marine organisms which provides UVB protection to the organisms.

Sleep Health: How Your Natural Circadian Rhythms Can Boost Health and Productivity

Every cell in your body responds to an internal clock, kind of like how you plan your day around a schedule. Researchers are beginning to learn how our internal rhythms affect every aspect of our health and well being. "We didn't realize at the time that this clock would be represented all over the body in many different tissues and control so many different biological processes that we go through every day. It left us with the understanding that our whole body is rhythmically active."

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Most grocery stores feature fresh foods on the perimeter of the store and more processed foods inside. So the outer perimeter usually includes the fresh produce, fresh protein, bakery, deli, and dairy. Shopping from the outside-first saves time because you choose your fresh foods first. Keep in mind that the outer parameter might also include the bakery, alcoholic beverages, and deli. Not everything on the outside is healthy or thrifty! Grocery stores tend to organize their store this way because the outer perimeter has easy access to refrigeration, ovens, and other appliances.

Wearable Trackers Move Beyond Counting Steps

People sometimes confuse today’s wearable activity trackers with an old school pedometer. The truth is, the two are different in how they operate and their capabilities. It is important to understand the difference so we can follow the developing trends. Modern activity trackers feature a tri-axis accelerometer. The accelerometer that tracks movement in three directions. (Side to side, forward and back and up and down.) They measure the force of gravity and the force of acceleration when moved.

Two Emerging Health Gadgets to Help with Conception

The world of personal health technology is expanding. There are devices to track fitness, activity, and blood pressure. But, what about fertility? Innovative companies are developing connected fertility tracking tests to help couples who are trying to conceive. Sandstone Diagnostics developed the first FDA-cleared connected, at home male fertility testing system. The Trak Male Fertility Testing System allows men to test their sperm count at home. Techcrunch called it the “Fitbit for sperm.”

Real-Time Blood Pressure Monitoring with Fitness Trackers?

Wearable fitness trackers and smartwatches track movement and heart rate, but so far none have tracked blood pressure. Wearable device innovators plan to release smartwatches​ that offer real-time blood pressure monitoring. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major health concern. According to the Center For Disease Control, one in three American adults have hypertension.  Will this development empower us to take charge of our blood pressure?

Learn To Recognize Signs of Heart Episodes or Strokes

You work hard to keep your heart healthy through eating well, managing your stress, exercising, and tracking your Heart Rate Variability. However, you never know when a heart episode or stroke might impact yourself or someone you care about. Swift action and care can make all the difference when it comes to survival. In honor of Heart Health Month, here is some information that just might help you save a life. Keep in mind this is not medical advice, it is simply​ general information.

Swimming: Take a Dip in the Fountain of Youth and Other Benefits

Swimming is a classic recreational and aerobic activity. Did you know that a regular swimming practice might also help keep you younger and relieve stress? This post is not intended to substitute for medical or professional advice. We just wanted to highlight some often overlooked and surprising benefits to swimming. Swimming positively affects several metrics tracked by your Biostrap! In addition, your Bootstrap's Activity Classification system is already set up to track your swimming workout

Try These 5 Easy Ways to Stop Stress Now

Stress is a killer! It comes from the flight or fight impulse that helps with crisis situations. However, when stress is chronic and not managed, it is dangerous. Reducing stress is essential to your fitness and wellbeing. Managing stress is vital to your fitness and wellbeing. While some of these tips may seem obvious, I wanted to focus on sustainable lifestyle changes that will help reduce stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can contribute to weight gain, heart disease, and other is