Be aware of water risks while summer swimming

Swimming or playing in water that is contaminated or high in bacteria or natural toxins can affect your health. Swimming pools, spas, lakes, rivers, or oceans are all potential sources of water-related illness. Recreational water illnesses typically affect a person’s stomach and intestines, causing diarrhea and vomiting. Water quality can also affect your skin or respiratory…

Mountlake Terrace Health Plan company teams up with Seattle Storm for Fitness Challenge

  Mountlake Terrace’s LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and the Seattle Storm are launching a four-week fitness challenge that turns active living choices into donations to the Sports Scholarship Program at Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The Storm Fitness Challenge will be hosted by EveryMove.org, an online and mobile activity tracking platform that automatically syncs…

Premera Blue Cross invites public to nominate their favorite nurse

If you have been touched by the work and caring of an exceptional nurse, you are encouraged to submit a nomination and join Premera Blue Cross in recognizing these caregivers whose extraordinary efforts stand out. The March of Dimes Washington Chapter is celebrating its 12th year in honoring the best and brightest of local nurses for…

Heading for the water? Brush up on safety guidelines

Summer in Snohomish County means fishing, kayaking, rafting and other activities. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office offers these tips to enjoy the water safely: Always wear a life jacket. Life jackets are available at many Snohomish County parks. Know your limits. Don’t attempt a section of the water beyond your skill level. Expect the unexpected….

Health District offers tips to beat the expected high temperatures

High temperatures combined with high humidity create the climate for heat stroke and heat exhaustion in people and animals. Elders, babies, overweight and chronically ill people are especially vulnerable to heat illness. The Snohomish Health District urges you watch yourself and others for symptoms of heat-related illness, and beat the heat safely with these tips: Stay cool…

Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Fire District 1 offering CPR course

Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Fire District 1 are teaming up to offer the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver First Aid and CPR/AED classes. The July 19 course is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the few…

Register for upcoming Mountlake Terrace 5K Fun Run/Walk

Registration is underway for the Mountlake Terrace 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, July 26 at Mountlake Terrace High School. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and will start and finish at Mountlake Terrace High School, while winding its way through the scenic backroads of Mountlake Terrace and Terrace Creek Park. The Cedar Way Elementary Parent…

Take Pop to the pool for free on Sunday

The Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion pool is offering a free swim for dads on Fathers’ Day. On Sunday, June 15, dads get into any recreational swim session at the Pavilion for free if they are accompanied by a paid child. To view the pool and fee schedule for Sunday, click here. The Mountlake Terrace Recreation…

MTHS hosting fundraiser, health and wellness fair Saturday

Mountlake Terrace High School is hosting a big multi-event fundraiser this Saturday, May 3, where you can shop, eat, learn how to improve your health, get your car washed, and support a number of great organizations. The community event is slated for 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. and will benefit the MTHS Sports Boosters, the…

Prepare for a safe swim season during April Pools Day April 12

Summer is just around the corner and that means days by the pool and at the beach. Before you dive into the water, make sure you and your family get safely prepared for seasonal, water-related activities by attending April Pools Day on Saturday, April 12, from 9:15 a.m. to noon at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation…

Premera, Red Cross to offer CPR training Saturday

Mountlake Terrace’s largest employer, Premera Blue Cross, is teaming up with the American Red Cross to stage the largest CPR training event in the region this Saturday, March 29, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610-44th Ave. W. in Lynnwood. Premera and the Red Cross are hoping to train 600 participants in CPR at Save-a-Life Saturday….

Last chance to sign up for ‘6 Weeks to a Healthier You’

Have you been considering signing up for 6 Weeks to a Healthier You with Joe Piscatella? The wellness program organized by the Verdant Health Commission runs six consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning April 15 and ending May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Pre- and post-program biometrics screenings are also included in the program, as is…

Register now through March 30 for ’6 Weeks to a Healthier You’ program

Joe Piscatella Registration is now underway for the upcoming 6 Weeks to a Healthier You program, which will take place April 15-May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Participants will learn how improve health habits and manage stress. Lorrie Hermanson recalls a time when getting to her desk at work, on the third floor of a building…

Group advocating single-payer health care to present at MLT Library Sunday

Health Care for All-Washington (HCFA-WA), a political action group that advocates for a government-based health insurance system, will be hosting a presentation outlining its ideas for a single-payer health care on Sunday, March 2, 2-4 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library. The HCFA-WA says that the new federal Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as…

Snohomish County reports big jump in gonorrhea cases

The number of gonorrhea cases in Snohomish County has increased nearly 50 percent in the past year and the county health department says to take it seriously – left untreated, it can cause serious harm. In 2012, there were 168 reported cases of gonorrhea in Snohomish County; that number rose to 249 in 2013. Gonorrhea…

LifeWise employees hit ice with former Olympian

About 40 LifeWise employees spent time with Ariana Kukors, world record holder in the women’s swimming 200 meter individual medley, on Wednesday learning about the former Olympic athlete and some fun winter fitness options. Kukors, LifeWise’s honorary Director of Health Inspiration, was in Mountlake Terrace prior to leaving for Sochi, Russia, where she will be working…

Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Edmonds receive $1.9 million grant from Verdant to establish regional bicycle network

Verdant’s map shows the community served by the Verdant Health Commission and the existing, soon-to-be completed and future links within the bicycle network. The Verdant Health Commission recently approved a three-year, $1.9 million project with the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace to establish a regional bicycle network that will provide greater opportunities for…

Nick of Time Foundation to provide heart screenings at Meadowdale HS Feb. 12

In response to the death of a Meadowdale High School student last September, The Nick of Time Foundation will provide comprehensive heart screenings to the first 500 youth who register for the test. The screenings will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Meadowdale High School, 6002-168th St. S.W….

Stage 1 burn ban in effect Dec. 25

Due to increasingly stagnant weather conditions, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County, effective at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25. This ban will remain in effect until further notice. “We need to keep our air healthy every day of the year, including holidays, ” said Craig…

MLT Community Health Fair at library Saturday

Local residents can get free blood pressure screenings and assistance in signing up for health insurance at a Mountlake Terrace Community Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300-58th Avenue West. The fair is presented by the nonprofit organization…

Community celebrates opening of South Snohomish County Center for Healthy Living

Members of the Senior Services Multicultural Senior Center celebrated the opening of the Center for Healthy Living in Lynnwood with a musical performance. The various multicultural groups will be meeting at the Center in the future.   The Center for Healthy Living officially opened its doors last week, but Wednesday’s open house was the first…

Nov. 12 breakfast to focus on ‘Wellness Beyond the Workplace’

Even when employees are healthy they often have a family member dealing with a chronic health condition and related complications. To help business owners learn how they can leverage existing community resources for better employee health and productivity, the American Diabetes Association, in partnership with Premera Blue Cross and Verdant Health Commission, is hosting a…

Local advocacy groups launch Obamacare outreach campaign

Joselito Lopez talks about losing his job and his health insurance. Joselito Lopez, 43, suffered two heart attacks within two weeks in 2007. While going through double bypass surgery, the Mountlake Terrace resident lost his job at Microsoft along with his health insurance. Unemployed and considered high risk, Lopez was drowning in $90,000 of debt….