Author: Laura Mancuso

Wholesome Foods: by Laura Mancuso

Plant-Based Diets An analysis of data from almost 50 studies showed that plant-based diets were associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease (heart problems caused by narrowed arteries) and cancer, particularly prostate cancer and gastrointestinal cancers. The study, published in PLOS ONE, examined the health effects of either[Read More…]

Arts Alive: An art and rural garden adventure

Column by Laura M. Mancuso Garden and art enthusiasts were in their element Saturday, May 18 during the Arts Alive event coordinated by The Southern Oregon Guild of Artists and Artisans.It was a gorgeous sunny day for a drive around the Valley to explore beautiful gardens and discover amazing art.Attendees[Read More…]

I.V. team attends the ‘Regards to Rural’ Conference

Six Illinois Valley professionals from five different organizations attended the 2024 Regards to Rural conference April 18-21 in Kennewick, Wash. hosted by the Rural Development Initiatives.Regards to Rural is a unique opportunity for community members and leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond to come together to discuss rural priorities,[Read More…]

New preschool opened in Cave Junction

One small step toward solving Oregon’s childcare crisis Thirteen children were playing at learning stations at the opening day of All Around Kids Community Preschool Monday, April 15. All Around Kids is a new program offered by a longstanding nonprofit organization in the Illinois Valley: Healthy U in Cave Junction.According[Read More…]

Event trains community for prescribed burns

Laura M. MancusoIVN editor SELMA, Ore. – March 6 and 7 in Selma, multiple organizations came together for a prescribed fire weekend training event called “IGNITE: Prescribed Fire Skills” held at the Siskiyou Field Institute.Prescribed fire is becoming more accessible and widespread in the Rogue Valley due to programs like[Read More…]

Exploring the I.V.

by Laura Mancuso On Saturday, my son Jaxon and I dodged rain showers by going to the free opening day of the season at the Kerbyville Museum and then went on a hike at Westside Trails.If you haven’t explored the Kerbyville Museum located at 24195 Redwood Hwy, in Kerby, or[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods:

by Laura Mancuso, I.V. Wellness Resources, programs director Have Easter leftover ham to use? This recipe is not for my vegetarian friends, but eliminating the ham and using some of your favorite vegetables will always make a wonderful bean soup.Ham and Bean is one of my favorite soups. Just one[Read More…]

Wholesome Foods: by Laura Mancuso

by Laura Mancuso – I.V. Wellness Resources program director Flexitarian DietThe flexitarian diet is a marriage of two concepts: flexible and vegetarian. The term was coined more than a decade ago by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner in her 2009 book, “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose[Read More…]