Ribbon cut for new Verdant Community Wellness Center

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Verdant Superintendant Carl Zapora and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith (with scissors) cut the ribbon to celebrate the new Verdant Community Wellness Center. Also participating in the ribbon cutting are Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher and Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Seaun Richards (right). (Photos by David Pan)
Verdant Board President Bob Knowles and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith (with scissors) cut the ribbon to celebrate the new Verdant Community Wellness Center. Also participating in the ribbon cutting are Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher and Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Seaun Richards (right). (Photos by David Pan)

The Verdant Community Wellness Center is almost ready to open for business.

The official grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 24, but on Thursday afternoon Verdant Health Commissioners and staff, partnering agencies, elected officials and community members attended a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility, located at 4710 196th St. SW. in Lynnwood.

The Verdant Health Commission looked for more than three years for a building to purchase before finding the ideal location, said Verdant Health Superintendent Carl Zapora.

The location is central to the district, is the right size, is visible to the community, has good parking and is easily accessible by public transportation.

Celebrating the grand opening of the new Verdant Community Wellness Center were Brier Mayor Bob Colinas, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher, Mountlake Terace Councilmember Seaun Richard and Verdant Superintendent Carl Zapora.
Attending the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Verdant Community Wellness Center were Brier Mayor Bob Colinas, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher, Mountlake Terace Councilmember Seaun Richards and Verdant Superintendent Carl Zapora.

“With this building we have a wonderful opportunity and resource to help empower residents of South Snohomish County to make healthy decisions and to choose a healthy lifestyle,” Zapora said.

The opening of the new facility completes the one piece that Verdant has been missing – the ability to interact directly with residents – according to Verdant Board President Bob Knowles.

“We look forward to offering classes and workshops in this new space that will be available to all our residents,” he said.

The building will be available to partnering agencies and other community groups, who host health and wellness programs.

“All of the programs and classes that will take place in this building will have a direct impact on the health and well-being of our residents, which of course is the mission of Verdant,” Knowles said.

The four goals of the new Wellness Center are for people to “Stay well. Get active. Eat better and stress less,” Zapora added.

The Verdant Community Wellness Center Grand Opening will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24. You can tour the center, eat light appetizers and snacks, enjoy cooking demonstrations, check your blood pressure and enter prize drawings. Children will be able to have their faces painted and take home balloon art by JLO Magic. Information will be available on: ways to stay active, diabetes and heart disease prevention, bike safety and health insurance information. For more information see: verdanthealth.org.

– By David Pan

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