Snow takes toll on local blood supply

Bloodworks Northwest is urging the public to give blood or platelets in the wake of this week’s snowstorm, which led to a 30% decrease in donations. Hundreds of donors scheduled to donate Tuesday and Wednesday were unable to make their appointments and several blood drives had to be cancelled due to weather conditions. Community members…

Department of Health offering free classroom resources based on state data

The Washington State Department of Health has created the following educational resources to introduce students and teachers to public health and climate change data. Free professional development course In an effort to engage students with local health and climate data, the department is unveiling a free professional development course for teachers that uses Department of…

Registration begins Dec. 1 for MLT Dance Academy

Registration opens Dec. 1 for the City of Mountlake Terrace Dance Academy’s second semester, with classes running Feb. 6 through June 17. While the Dance Academy program is based on a full school year’s curriculum and dancers must meet the minimum age as of Sept. 1, 2022, students may enter the program any time during…

Updated: Free at-home COVID-19 tests no longer available

The Washington State Department of Health said it “has already exhausted the limited supply” of free COVID-19 home test kits, which it recently announced were available to residents through the end of the year. “We have had an overwhelming response to the initiative,” a pop-up message on the department’s free COVID test webpage said.  

Girls on the Run seeking volunteer coaches for spring 2023 season

Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Snohomish County is looking for coaches for their spring 2023 season, and also has opportunities for those who want to bring the program to your school or group. GOTR is a “physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls and gender-expansive youth in third through eighth grade to…

Save the date: Free vision and hearing screenings at Edmonds Waterfront Center Dec. 13

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is partnering with the Edmonds Lions Club to provide free hearing and vision screenings from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Lions Club provides assistance to obtain glasses and hearing aids for qualifying low-income children and adults. Participants must live in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood or Mountlake Terrace. No appointment…

Healthy eating: Winter green salad a fresh option for holiday table

During the holidays, it’s easy to eat rich and high-caloric foods. We’re visiting with family and friends as well as going to open houses and office parties, where we are treating ourselves to a wide assortment festive foods of the holidays. It’s all good — everything in moderation, right? Try not to demonize the foods…

Burn ban lifted for Snohomish County

The burn ban issued Sunday for Snohomish County has been lifted effective at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said. Increasing clouds and wind were expected Monday night as part of a weather system moving in. Rain is predicted starting Tuesday morning and a chance of rain or drizzle every…

Stage 1 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. Use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves is prohibited until air quality improves. The only exception to these rules are if the homeowner…

Snohomish County recruiting for Board of Health members

Snohomish County is seeking interested community members to serve on its new Board of Health. The Board of Health’s role will be to develop, approve and revise countywide policy on public health issues such as opioids, immunizations and climate change. The board evaluates yearly budget proposals, recommends new programs and reviews health department activities. The…

Dennis Worsham named first director of Snohomish County Health Department

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has appointed Dennis Worsham as the first director for Snohomish County’s Health Department. The Snohomish Health District is being integrated into Snohomish County government, and on Jan. 1, 2023, the new Snohomish County Health Department will be launched. Worsham spent time early in his career at the Snohomish Health District….

Stage 1 burn ban issued in Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Sunday issued a Stage 1 burn ban for Greater Pierce and Snohomish counties. This ban is in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution creating unhealthy air, usually due to…

Snohomish County organizations among those receiving Community Health Plan of Washington grants

 Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), the not-for-profit offering Apple Health (Medicaid), Medicare and individual and family plans on the health exchange, on Tuesday announced a $250,000 Advancing Equity Fund grant to be shared among 25 community-based organization in Washington state, including four with connections to Snohomish County. The investment aims to support these organizations’…

Free youth heart screening offered Nov. 2 for ages 14-24 at Meadowdale HS

Nick of Time Foundation, in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Sports Cardiology, will conduct free EKG youth heart screenings Wednesday, Nov. 2 for Edmonds School District students ages 14 and older. An EKG is performed that analyzes the electrical signals of the heart and the results are reviewed on-site by medical professionals…

Ballinger Park trail paving complete, but area still closed

The City of Mountlake Terrace reported Monday that while the Ballinger Park trail has been paved, the project area will remain closed until grass coverage is re-established. As we noted earlier, playground equipment is on site and being installed. Remaining work includes the concrete slab, rubber surfacing and fence, the city said.    

Unhealthy air quality to continue this week due to wildfire smoke

The impacts of wildfire smoke are expected to continue until late this week, with unhealthy air quality levels rising, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency warned Tuesday. Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for everyone levels near active fires, including a new fire in east King County. As of Tuesday, other areas in the…

Verdant Health Commission unveils 2023-24 strategic plan, new grantmaking standards

With a focus on mental health, health care access and food security, the Verdant Health Commission Friday morning rolled out its two-year strategic plan during a community forum in Lynnwood. The Verdant Health Commission Board recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment – with more than 500 residents participating – and the results helped commissioners…

Wildfire smoke will likely linger across Washington into the weekend

Wildfire smoke is sticking around several parts of Washington and forecasts show smoke will likely get worse before it gets better. According to the Washington State Department of Health, breathing in smoke is not good for anyone. Days of consistent smoke exposure can take a toll on your health, making it especially important to protect…

Reminder: Learn more about Verdant strategic plan during forums starting Oct. 14

The Verdant Health Commission Board said Tuesday it has completed its two-year strategic plan based on a recently completed community health needs assessment, and will share that information with the community at three forums, starting Oct. 14. More than 500 residents participated in the community health needs assessment and the results informed a two-year strategic…

Healthy Eating: Combine apples and plums for a moist, decadent crumb cobbler

It appears to be fall in the morning and summer by the afternoon. My garden seems to be happy with the changes, although it keeps calling out for some rain. We’re still harvesting raspberries (second crop), lettuce, carrots, beets, beans, squash, cucumbers, peppers and lots of tomatoes. This has been a bumper crop due to…

Snohomish County’s first school-based health center opens at Meadowdale High

Snohomish County’s first school-based health center launched at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 and when staff first opened their doors, there were already three students waiting to be seen by medical professionals. The health center, which used to be a supply closet at the end of a hallway in Meadowdale High School, has been serving students…