Yes, You Can Do Something


“If you’re gonna get Corona virus you’re gonna get it. Nothin’ you can do.” Right??? WRONG! Wrong! wrong! Did you know it’s your immune system that determines if you get it and how sick you’ll be? And… if you’ll die. And you can, yes, you can do things to help out your immune system.

First, what is your immune system? It’s the lymph system and all the components that make the cells that fight infection. Problem? Our immune system is growing older every day, every minute. It’s called “senescence”. Isn’t that a pretty word? Not so pretty the meaning: weakening, diminishing with age.

But you can do some very simple things to help your immune system fight Covid 19.

Most of the information in this article comes from AARP’s May Bulletin; a very well researched and documented piece. The scientist, doctors and researchers quoted have credits that would take up this whole page. So please if you want documentation, read the AARP May Bulletin.

‘Bet you can’t guess what the one most important thing is that you can do to strengthen your immune system. Nothing fancy. Just movement: exercise. “Nature Reviews: Immunology” says that “muscles generate anti-inflammatory and immunoprotective proteins called myokines.” Inflammation occurs when the immune system goes hog wild and causes problems rather than solving them. This is called “deregulation” and it can be body-wide. The proteins that protect us (help the immune system) are easier to understand. The more movement the more of them you produce. Sit around and your immune system becomes just as sluggish as you are. Get moving, produce myokines and help your immune system protect you from Covid 19. This may explain why an active 104 year old in Oregon survived Corona Virus while an inactive 52 year old died.

“Exercise may be the most important lifestyle intervention you can add”, says a professor from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Exercise. Move. Walk.

So if exercise is the number one thing then what is number two? Weight Management. Did you know that fat, especially belly fat, produces inflammatory cytokines that cause more inflammation, and remember inflammation is one of the big things in an overall body affliction. These nasty little cytokines inhibit the immune function according to a research study done in 2018. Obese people may take 42% longer to fight off an infection and with the Corona virus that isn’t good news. Cytokins are not your best friend and the belly fat that produces most of them is not a helper.

The third immune system helper is nutrition. Good basic nutrition is essential to combat deficiencies in “immunocompetence” and the ability to fight inflammation. Good proteins and fiber help feed the “good bacteria” in your “gut”. (Yes, gut is an accepted medical term for the entire gastrointestinal tract.) And there are good bacteria and a lot of immune cells in the gut. Fiber may be your best friend, it feeds the good bacteria. Read the labels on your purchased food and you’ll be amazed: they can even take all the fiber out of cereal…a grain product.

Mastering stress, getting vaccines and taking prescribed medicines are also important. But the big 3 are exercise, weight management and good nutrition. Get going. Strengthen your immune system. It is possible!

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Chapter 9 Meeting Wed. 8:30am

There will be a Chapter 9 meeting on Wednesday, July 8th, at 8:30AM at the clubhouse. We will have muffins and coffee ($1.00) and discuss summer plans. This is in lew of our monthly breakfast at Abby’s. Hope to see you all there.

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Emergency Preparedness Meeting – Tuesday, July 14, 9 a.m.

Emergency Preparedness Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month, July 14 at 9 a.m. Everyone welcome.

Agenda items include: Upcoming Fire Season, Annual Report, Updating of EPC Guidelines and Emergency Action Plan.

Because of social distancing, we will meet in the Big Room of the Clubhouse. Don’t forget your masks or face covering.

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July 4th Golf Cart Parade in Timber Valley

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Reminder: Blood Drive Thurs. 7/2 – Clubhouse

The 2nd Annual Blood Drive takes place in the Clubhouse, Thurs., July 2.

Registration is in the Dining Room, please enter by the back door.  Because of Social Distancing, donations will take place in the Big Room.  Both rooms will be closed to general use from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (Library, card room and rest rooms will be open for public use.)

Donations are by appointment.  An up-to-date schedule is posted in the dining room. We are still looking for stand-by donors, in case of last minute cancellations. (Sign-up sheet is in dining room.)

If you have questions please call Julianne at (509) 869-8679.



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There will be no Landscape Committee meeting / work session this Friday, July 3rd.
Volunteers are taking advantage of a paid holiday ( $ x 0 = 0).
Have a safe 4th of July.


Summer is heating up. The Landscape Committee will start meeting at the Clubhouse at 8am on Fridays starting July 10, 2020 for the duration of summer.

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Blood Donors: Eat Iron-rich foods, drink lots of fluids

Timber Valley’s 2nd Annual Blood Drive is on Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Clubhouse. We currently have a full slate of scheduled donors, and we are now looking for about five back-up donors in case of unexpected open appointments. A sign-up sheet for Stand By Donors is on the sign-up table in the Dining Room.

On the day of the Blood Drive, because of social distancing, registration will be in the Dining Room. (Donations will take place in the Big Room.) Please arrive a few minutes early for your appointment and enter by the back door. Donors will be required to wear face covering or mask. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided to you.

Before Your Donation

Iron is an essential mineral that is needed for healthy blood and is a part of hemoglobin which helps maintain your strength and energy.

You can get iron from the foods you eat. The guide below shows the foods with the most iron to the lowest.

Foods to avoid: Fried foods, butter, mayonnaise, ice cream, chips, cheesecake, fatty meat, duck, gravy, bacon and sausage, cream soups.

Also, remember to …
– Get at least eight hours of sleep the night before your appointment.
– Eat a healthy breakfast or lunch – or both, if you’re donating later in the day.
– Choose to eat lean proteins (lean meat, cheese and yogurt) or complex carbohydrates (bread, cereal and fruit) and avoid fatty foods.
– Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to make sure you’re hydrated.
– Make sure you’re feeling well.

If you have any questions, call Julianne at 509-869-8679.


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Timber Valley Log for June 24

log june 24
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Timber Valley 4th of July Picnic

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Your Help Requested

The Board directed Dan Ohnemus and Rockey Shanahan to head up an Adhoc Committee to look into an additional vehicle for the Park Manager. They would like 3 to 5 Leaseholders to help. Time and Place to be determined. They want this completed by the July 16th Board Meeting.

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