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140317OSM triathlon runningMaybe you’ve run a few 5ks, a marathon or two. Maybe you’re a bicyclist or swimmer looking for something new. Have you every considered participating in a triathlon? Training for and competing in a triathlon is a great way to challenge yourself and vary your workout.

Dr. Sarah Kehl, a board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at Oregon Allergy Associates, was an avid runner and enjoyed swimming for years before she set her sights on her first triathlon.


“Good Morning, Vietnam!” Many of a certain age remember this phrase from Robin Williams’ 1987 war-comedy film, which depicted life in Saigon during 1965.

Things have definitely changed since the end of the war in Vietnam in 1975. While still undeveloped in many ways, Vietnam is now in the midst of dramatic change, especially in the large cities. 


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This post is guest-authored by Karlyn DeBow, a registered dietitian at PeaceHealth Oregon Bariatric Center and the sister of Oak Street Medical’s Dr. Kirk Jacobson and Oregon Allergy Associates’ Dr. Kraig Jacobson.

The short answer is, yes, bariatric surgery works.

Tagged in: Exercise Obesity

Eighteen months ago, I decided I needed to take drastic measures to regain the fitness I knew as a younger man. I’d reached my mid-60s, and the slings and arrows of life and career had added many pounds.

I began to go to a trainer twice a week and quickly learned more about the muscles and balance I had neglected. Maintaining strength and balance is vital as we age. It helps prevent falls and allows us to enjoy life fully.


If you or your child has asthma or allergies, here are some tips to make a smooth transition from warm sunny days to cool, wet weather and the start of viral season.

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Dr. Sarah Kehl (purple cap, center) tackles the first leg of the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon.

I competed in my first Olympic distance triathlon on June 24. I’d been having a lot of fun competing in the shorter-distance triathlons over the last few summers, and decided to challenge myself with a “real” triathlon. Once I signed up for the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon, I immediately got butterflies in my stomach. I wondered if I had the time to train for such long distances, and if I had the strength to compete in a race that I knew would take me about four hours to complete. I pushed those thoughts out of my head, and just concentrated on the three components of the race: the swim, the bike ride and the run.

The swim
First was the swim. This race was going to be a one-mile swim in a very cold lake near Sunriver. I thought I’d tackle that segment first, since I love swimming, and I figured it would be the easiest part of the race for me. I went to Fern Ridge one night after work with a group of fellow triathletes and swam about 1.2 miles. It wasn’t too cold, especially with a wet suit on. The water was really murky, and my goggles fogged up a lot, so it was hard to stay focused on the buoy markers. But I wasn’t winded, so I figured that was enough training for the swim, and moved on to biking and running. 

Dr. Andrew Gilchrist mountain biking

At Oak Street Medical, we do our best to walk the talk when it comes to fitness and wellness. As a healthcare clinic, our providers and staff understand the importance of regular exercise, eating healthy and striving to meet personal goals, and we encourage one another to adopt these healthy habits.

By promoting a culture of wellness, our hope is that patients will be inspired to follow in our footsteps and walk, run, bike, swim and play more often.


Do you or a loved one have doctor-diagnosed arthritis? Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, where two bones meet. Although arthritis may slow a person down, research has found that arthritis symptoms tend to improve with appropriate physical activity.

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