MOSAIC Physical Therapy takes a stand to prevent falls in older adults

Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. That’s why MOSAIC Physical Therapy is joining forces with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free® Coalition to celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 23, the first day of Fall. While falls are the leading…

Fitness Corner: For young athletes, play more important than competition

Remember lying on the carpet with your infant? How innocent was that? More so than you know! The endless crawling and chasing on all fours allowed us to play at our child’s level of development. Their development depended upon a supply of endless wonder and new stimuli. As they grew and eventually walked, we chased…

Buddhist monks offer free meditation classes at Mountlake Terrace center

Class time rolls around and meditation teacher Poimoe Lin begins to set up the room at the Seattle Meditation Center in Mountlake Terrace. Blankets, chairs and cushions are placed on the floor while attendees at the class for English speakers file in. Lin takes his place at the front of the room, seated elevated on a…

Health District receives nearly 800 responses to vaping in public issue

Following a public comment period that drew responses via online survey, email, letters and an in-person listening session, the Snohomish Health District’s Vaping Subcommittee will be meeting to discuss feedback and potential policy options. The subcommittee meeting will be held from 2 to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19 in the Snohomish Health District’s Auditorium at 3020 Rucker…

Upcoming free nutrition education classes at Verdant

Verdant is offering the following free nutrition classes at its Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood. To register, visit verdanthealth.org Food Truths: Busting Popular Nutrition Myths Wednesday, Aug. 19 6:30-7:30 p.m. Description: This fast-paced, fun and factual class will answer your burning questions on nutrition that you have always wanted to know! Join…

Students with life-threatening conditions should submit paperwork to schools

Edmonds School District Health Services reminds families with students who have a Life Threatening Condition (LTC) to use the summer months to get required paperwork submitted to your student’s school by Aug. 25. Before students with an LTC can attend school, they must have a Nursing Care Plan, or if needed, health care provider orders for medication/equipment…

Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: On with the glow

You’ve been vigilant about using SPF in the rays, cleansing your face after workouts, and lightening up on your products for summer. The result: a healthy, sun-kissed glow that feels as good as it looks. Now, how to maintain that wholesome look as the months wear on? Here are some dos and don’ts to keep…

Healthy Eating: Blueberry yogurt muffins

Anyone can notice that yogurt has become very popular and mainstream. In some ways this is wonderful and it has also sparked the creation of many products that I call pseudo-health foods (think yogurt pops). Somehow a person feels better about eating frozen yogurt rather than ice cream (when in fact frozen yogurt often has…

Heat advisory issued through Saturday

The National Weather Service is issuing a heat advisory for today through 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. Temperatures will reach the mid and upper 90s today and the low to mid 90s on Friday and Saturday. The service advises that hot temperatures can place extra stress on the body and possibly lead to dehydration and…

Healthy Eating: A sneaky (and delicious) way to use zucchini

If you are a gardener then you know this is the time of the year when the great zucchini parade begins! I have already seen boxes out on the sidewalk with “free” signs attached….what lurks inside? Zucchini if you had to guess! It is a wonderful and delicious vegetable ESPECIALLY if you pluck it when…

Fitness Corner: Breaking through the weight plateau

You just have to keep on keepin’ on. I first heard that phrase when I was helping Ellen Taussig put together a memorial for her husband, Paul Raymond. Paul and Ellen, along with Mark and Catherine Terry, founded and built The Northwest School, where I was employed at the time. I’d never heard that saying…

Heart of Edmonds School District to benefit from Elemental Massage Therapy fundraiser

Elemental Massage Therapy is holding a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, July, 18 at its new location – 51 W. Dayton St. in Edmonds – with all proceeds benefiting the Heart of Edmonds School District and Community Heart Safe Project. The Heart of Edmonds Schools is dedicated to saving lives by equipping all Edmonds School District…

Premera Blue Cross launches Checkup Challenge health campaign

Premera Blue Cross of Mountlake Terrace Monday announced the launch of Checkup Challenge, a social media campaign encouraging people to take advantage of the preventive care benefits available in most health plans. Now through Oct. 31, Washington and Alaska residents who pledge to schedule a doctor’s appointment for themselves or a family member before the end of 2015…

Register for Mountlake Terrace 5k Fun Run/Walk

The Mountlake Terrace 5k Fun Run/Walk, benefiting Mountlake Terrace elementary schools, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25 at Mountlake Terrace High School. You can preregister at active.com by searching for Mountlake Terrace 5k Fun/Run Walk, on Friday at Tour de Terrace or on the morning of the race. Entry fees are $25/adults, $20…

Fitness Corner: Life’s second chances

“The afternoon knows what the morning never expected.”–Robert Frost About three weeks after Dan died, I went down the FIVE Restaurant, one of my “safe” places. I met this woman there, with whom I shared my story over (several) glasses of wine. I’ll never forget, she looked at me and said, “You’ve known a great…

Happening nearby: Cooking with fresh, local produce class set for July 13

Room is still available in the Verdant Health Commission and Sound Dietitian’s class called “Summer Sweets: Cooking with Fresh, Local Produce” taking place from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, July 13 at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. This class is free, but registration is required online through Verdant’s website calendar….

Health District seeking public’s input on vaping in public places

A preliminary comment period has officially opened for Snohomish County residents to provide input on a potential new policy that would prohibit vaping in public places. E-cigarettes and vaping products are not regulated the same way cigarettes are. This leads to public health concerns about potential exposure to the unknown mixture of chemicals in the…

Heatwave triggers blood shortage, donations needed

Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal for donors after collections began to dip sharply as a result of the mounting heat wave and reduced collections caused by summer vacations. The not-for-profit organization formerly known as the Puget Sound Blood Center has a donor center located in Lynnwood at 19723 Highway 99, Suite F (425-412-1000)….

Snohomish Health District makes service changes

Looking at client feedback and usage rates, as well as a variety of changes in the community, the Snohomish Health District has started making adjustments to current operations. As of July 1, the immunization and travel services clinics are now closed permanently. Starting on Monday, the Women-Infant-Children (WIC) and First Steps clinics will have new…

Healthy Eating: A muffin for that bonanza of berries

As you have probably noticed, everything in our gardens and the farmers’ markets are coming in early. We are in the midst of a berry bonanza in our garden with strawberries just ending and raspberries and blueberries going strong. I’m happy to say that even with the heat and lack of rain we are having…

Does your water taste strange? Officials blame algae bloom, but say it’s safe to drink

Residents across Snohomish County have been noticing something odd in their tap water. Some find the taste and odor a little off, while to others it’s almost undrinkable. Edmonds resident Robert Swift describes it as tasting “like it went back through the sewer system.” According to Everett Public Works spokesperson Marla Carter, the problem is…

Military Wire: Can holistic healing cure PTSD?

Thousands of service members every year are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder — a diagnosis that labels one as having either experienced or witnessed some sort of traumatic event. Often with PTSD comes a number of physical and psychological symptoms along with a social stigma that the individual has a mental illness — or in…