Donate blood, and you have a chance to win a new car

To maintain an adequate blood supply through the winter months, Bloodworks Northwest and the Haselwood Auto Group in Bremerton have a special offer for blood donors who come into any Bloodworks Northwest donor center — including the Lynnwood location — or participate in a blood drive from now until March 17. Every time participants donate, they will…

Healthy Eating: This curry squash soup makes a nourishing winter meal

By now you probably know that one of my favorite things to make is soup. During the winter months I am completely satisfied by a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread for dinner. Sometimes I’ll add in a tossed salad. My chief taste tester (my dear husband) often feels that soup passes…

“The parties are too far apart”: Swedish heath care workers give notice of planned strike Jan 28-30

In a roundtable briefing Friday, nurses and caregivers of SEIU [Service Employees International Union] Healthcare 1199 NW at Swedish-Providence announced they were delivering a 10-day notice of intent to strike Jan. 28-30 “if proposals adequately addressing patient safety and staffing levels are not forthcoming.” The bargaining team “has concluded that the parties are too far apart,” the…

Union hopes tentative agreement with Sacred Heart nurses will pave way for settlement with Swedish

The Service Employees International Heathcare 1199NW union (SEIU) announced Tuesday that a “tentative agreement” has been reached between nurses belonging to the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) and Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane — and is hopeful a similar agreement can be reached with Swedish Medical Center. In its announcement, the union stresses that the tentative agreement…

Fitness Corner: When a New Year’s resolution lasts a lifetime

When I was 16 years old I made a New Year’s resolution that changed my life. I resolved to give up soda for one year. I have no recollection of why I did it, but I do remember it ended up being a resolution as well as sort of a bet with my boyfriend at…

Immediate strike threat averted as Swedish and health care workers agree to continue contract talks

Emerging from all-night marathon bargaining sessions, officials from Swedish Hospital and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than 13,000 affected nurses and caregivers statewide, announced Friday morning that they are extending contract negotiations. Both sides agree that while several key issues remain to be resolved, they are encouraged that meaningful progress is…

Healthy Eating: Tips for mindful eating as new decade dawns

As we start 2020, I have been reading many articles that reflect on the past year and the past decade. With regards to food and eating, there seems to be a trend right now that gives more permission for people to be themselves and eat the way that works for their bodies and their situations….

Free dementia family caregiver conference set for Feb. 22 in Everett

The Journey, a free conference for families caring for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, is set for Saturday, Feb. 22 in Everett. The event, sponsored by the Lynnwood-based Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, will offer tools and encouragement to unpaid family caregivers. Topics to be covered include: managing stress and distress behaviors, how to cope with the…

Workers move closer to strike as union rejects latest proposals from Swedish

After a full day of negotiations on Monday, Dec. 30, Swedish health care workers and management remain at an impasse, and the threat of a strike continues to loom. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare 1199NW, which represents the workers, said that “Swedish-Providence’s proposals thus far do not address…

Hard-boiled egg products recalled due to potential listeria contamination

Hard-boiled egg products sold at a range of stores — including Costco, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Fred Meyer/QFC — have been recalled following a listeria outbreak that so far has affected seven people nationally, including one death Four hospitalizations have been reported and one person in Texas has died. None of the victims was from…

Hospital workers threaten ‘imminent strike’ at Swedish, claiming patient safety takes a back seat to CEO pay

Nurses and caregivers announced on Thursday that they are moving closer to an “imminent strike,” claiming that patient care and severe understaffing have worsened and executive pay has ballooned since Swedish was taken over seven years ago by Providence, Washington’s largest health care corporation. Hospital workers are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)…

Edmonds School District third graders to receive swim lesson vouchers

Swim lesson vouchers for 2019 will be sent home with each third-grade student in the Edmonds School District this week. The free program for students is made possible by Verdant Health Commission in cooperation with the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. Each third grader will receive three vouchers good for three sets of…

Commentary: Tobacco and Vapor 21 — What you need to know

Washington State is kicking off a big change for the better. As of Jan. 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 – or Tobacco and Vapor 21 – makes it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. Including Washington State, Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or will be…

Sponsor spotlight:  What is CBD?

I’m sure you’ve heard about CBD lately, and you’ve probably heard wildly exaggerated claims of how this miracle substance will cure all of your ills.  Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there as well as products that essentially contain no actual CBD. Edmonds-based shop, Seaweed CBD is out to change all of that. …

Snohomish Health District releases new community health assessment for county

New data released by the Snohomish Health District confirms that suicide, opioid misuse and youth mental health are among the top health issues in Snohomish County. But the county’s rates of homicide, cigarette smoking, melanoma deaths, lung cancer deaths, youth driving impaired, deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, and children living under the federal poverty…

Healthy Eating: Choose your food treats wisely during the holidays

Are you still feeling full from your Thanksgiving feast? Did you eat a piece of pie for breakfast the next day? That’s OK because it probably has pumpkin or apples, maybe eggs, butter and milk, flour and spices — all ingredients that a healthy breakfast might include! But… remember most of us gain weight between…

Fitness Corner: In November, my thoughts turn to men’s health

When November rolls around every year, I think a lot more about gratitude. Thanksgiving has a way of reminding us how much we have to be grateful for, and I often find myself telling people “I’m thankful for you” and that sort of thing. And when Movember rolls around every year, I think about my…

Reminder: Get support for managing your diabetes at Nov. 20 Verdant event

Navigating Diabetes Today is a free new program to support individuals living with diabetes. Join the Verdant Health Commission on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. for a session in the teaching kitchen or a presentation by a health professional to learn up-to-date information about diabetes and strategies for better blood sugar…

Sola Salon Studios opening in Lynnwood, seeking salon professionals

We are pleased to welcome as a new advertiser Sola Salon Studios (Sola), which is opening a new studio space in Lynnwood, in the Alderwood Plaza Shopping Center. Since its inception in 2004, Sola has grown to more than 500 locations nationwide. Today, more than 14,000 salon professionals operate successful businesses inside Sola Salons. The…

Meadowdale HS teacher completes national food safety, nutrition training

Meadowdale High School teacher Kolleen Seals was one of 36 teachers nationwide chosen to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration, the National Science Teachers Association and Graduate School USA.  The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, as well as family…

Edmonds School District students’ vaccine records due by Nov. 1

Edmonds School District staff are reminding parents regarding the Nov. 1 deadline to be in compliance with immunization requirements for students attending school. School nurses will provide administrators a list of students that are out of compliance by the end of the week of Oct. 21. Students who are still not in compliance and have not…