Lynnwood awarded WellCity designation acknowledging commitment to employee health

The City of Lynnwood is among this year’s recipients of the WellCity Designation awarded by the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that advocates on behalf of cities and towns, provides training and pooling programs such as the AWC Employee Benefit Trust. AWC recently released a list of local…

Healthy eating: Quick and easy cookie recipes

We’re in the midst of Girl Scout cookie season. Everyone has their favorites and this year there is a new raspberry-flavored cookie that apparently rivals the popularity of Thin Mints (and is being resold by entrepreneurs on the internet for exorbitant prices). I’m offering two cookie recipes that are a wee bit healthier. One cookie…

State grants soon available for hospitality, lodging businesses affected by pandemic

Washington state businesses in the hospitality and lodging industry that suffered business losses due to the pandemic are invited to apply for a new round of state grant funding, the Washington State Department of Commerce said. The application portal opens on March 14 at wahospitalitygrants.com. An informational webinar is scheduled for Monday, March 13. To learn…

Reminder: Verdant Community Wellness Center hosting free health screening clinic March 7

The Verdant Community Wellness Center will be hosting a free health screening clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at 4710 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. Walk in or register for a 30-minute appointment with a registered nurse. Residents can take advantage of free blood pressure, A1C/pre-diabetes/diabetes testing, and/or depression screening. Walks-ins are…

Masking requirements to end April 3 in health care facilities

Effective April 3, the Washington State Department of Health said it will end its mask requirement for health care, long-term care and adult correctional facilities. In Washington, COVID-19, RSV and influenza disease rates and hospitalizations have continued to decline since the end of last year, the Department of Health said. The end of Washington’s universal masking…

On National Tooth Fairy Day: Lost tooth now valued at $6.25

The value of those wiggly teeth is on the rise in 2023. In celebration of National Tooth Fairy Day Feb. 28, the Tooth Fairy released the findings of the annual Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental. It shows a whopping 53% increase for kids in Washington state and the western U.S. – equating…

Asian Service Center offering free Healthy Nutrition workshop Feb. 25

The Asian Service Center, a new Edmonds-based nonprofit formed to provide support and advocacy for Asian communities in Snohomish County, is hosting a free Healthy Nutrition workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25. The workshop will focus on six steps to maintain vibrant health. The location is 22727 Highway 99, Ste. 110, Edmonds….

Verdant Health Commission board meeting agenda for Feb. 22

The Verdant Health Commission (Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County), a community-owned hospital district, will host its February public board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 starting at 8 a.m. All board meetings are hosted in a hybrid format with the option to attend in person at the Verdant Community Wellness Center, 4710 196th St. S.W.,…

Healthy eating: Warm up this winter with spinach artichoke spaghetti pie

I recently joined PCC Community Markets as a cooks’ assistant for their culinary classes. I enjoy helping with the classes because I learn about cuisines and cultures that I may not be as familiar with in my own everyday home cooking. I learn at least one new tip during every class. The classes give me…

State Department of Health launches second annual science contest for high school students

The Washington State Department of Health’s Washington Tracking Network (WTN) has launched its second annual WTN Youth Science Contest. The contest provides a unique opportunity for high school students across Washington to develop their science and communication skills while working with health and environmental data from their own communities. “It’s important for students to learn how to…

Compass Health to host Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser March 25

Compass Health will present keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Jantz of Edmonds’ The Center – A Place of Hope during its sixth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser on March 25. At the event, Jantz will speak on the importance of building strong emotional resilience and its impact on creating a renewed and restored future. Proceeds from this…

Lunar New Year 5K fundraiser Feb. 26 to benefit health foundation

The International Community Health Services (ICHS) Foundation is hosting a fundraising 5K run Sunday, Feb. 26. The run will take place on Shoreline’s Interurban Trail, but participants are also able to participate remotely by logging their results online. The race begins at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 and tickets are $35. More information and registration can…

Verdant awards $4.3 million in community health grants

The Verdant Health Commission announced Thursday it has awarded $4.3 million in grants to 31 community organizations offering programs and services that address Verdant’s strategic priorities: mental health, health care access and food security. “This funding will ensure that health-elated programming is available and accessible for the community, said Commissioner Karianna Wilson. “By working together…

Eye care product linked to antibiotic-resistant infections

Washington State’s Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating a cluster of antibiotic-resistant infections that may be linked to EzriCare Artificial Tears. The infections have been caused by a variant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that is commonly found in water and soil and can infect the eyes, lungs,…

Healthy eating: Garlicky chickpea soup full of flavor

Domestic and international travel is a wonderful way to explore new cultures and foods. Last year, I had the privilege of exploring Northern Spain and Portugal. It was my first international trip since November 2019. I wanted to explore new territory and part of the enjoyment for any trip is eating new foods. I can…

Northwest youth invited to enter Radon Poster Contest

Students across the Northwest are encouraged to get creative and raise awareness about the dangers of radon gas by participating in the 2023 Northwest Radon Poster Contest. The contest deadline is March 10 and winners will be announced by April 17. First-, second-, and third-place winners will be selected from each state (Idaho, Oregon and Washington)….

Edmonds School District offering dental sealants to second and third graders

The Edmonds School District is offering school-based dental sealants for second- and third-grade students at 12 local schools. By choosing to participate in the program, students are eligible to receive a free dental screening for oral diseases and dental sealants. Dental sealants are clear or opaque plastic materials applied to the chewing surfaces of the…

In the Legislature: Bill addresses understaffing for nurses at ‘breaking point’

Nurses are describing bleak conditions because of understaffing in Washington state hospitals, and a bill introduced in Olympia aims to address it. The so-called “Safe Staffing Standards” legislation would set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for hospitals. Dana Robison, registered nurse in labor and delivery in Everett, who has been a nurse in hospital settings for 17…

Healthy eating: Festive jam a post-holiday treat

When I was in middle school, I attended a summer camp in New Mexico (which was a long way from my hometown in Missouri) and was immersed in the culture, history, arts, traditions and people, as well as the outdoor beauty of the Four Corners in the Southwest. The camp was established in 1926 and…

Bloodworks Northwest declares ‘code red’ emergency blood shortage

Facing a severe blood shortage, Bloodworks Northwest is issuing a “code red” emergency asking everyone who is eligible and feeling healthy to fill immediate appointments to give blood. Donations dropped significantly due to winter weather and the holiday season. Hospitals are advised to conserve the limited onsite supplies to maintain a supply for emergencies, especially…