Updated information about the coronavirus outbreak, and where to learn more

On Jan. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case in the U.S. of 2019 novel coronavirus was identified in Snohomish County. The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December. The…

Snohomish Health District update: What you should know about the novel coronavirus

With the novel coronavirus in the news lately, we are reposting the following information from the Snohomish Health District website. The first case of novel coronavirus 2019 in the U.S. was confirmed last week in Snohomish County. Since that case was announced on Jan. 21, four more have been identified in the U.S. More than…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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Verdant Health Superintendent Robin Fenn stepping down

After three years at the helm of the Verdant Health Commission, Superintendent Robin Fenn is leaving in November. That’s according to an announcement issued Monday morning by Verdant. During her time leading the Verdant Health Commission and Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County,  Verdant has invested nearly $17.8 million in community health and wellness program…

State Health Department: First West Nile virus case of year reported

A human case of West Nile virus has been reported by Benton-Franklin Health District — the first case of the virus in Washington state this year. Health officials advise people to take action to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as West Nile Virus is currently circulating in several counties in Washington. In addition to the…

State health officials make it easier to access overdose reversal drug

The Washington State Health Department ehas made it easier for people and organizations to get naxolone, which reverses an opioid overdose. Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy on Wednesday signed a statewide standing order for naloxone. The standing order works like a prescription and allows any person or organization in the state to get…

Elected officials join Swedish Edmonds workers on informational picket line

An estimated 60 health care workers from Swedish-Edmonds took to the streets on Thursday to publicly air their claims, chief among them that providing the best quality care is no longer the organization’s top priority, having been replaced by executive pay, profits and expansion. The workers are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and…

Sponsored: 5 Ways to Get Your Sober Fun in Seattle

I got sober in Seattle. Best thing I ever did (please don’t let my wife see this, as she thinks the “best thing I ever did” happened on our wedding day…) But it was. The best thing. Getting sober, and becoming (and then, remaining) 100% abstinent from any alcohol of any kind changed my life…

Healthy Eating: Carrot top pesto packs a nutritional punch

It’s been “officially” summer for about one month. The summer market has been brimming with local produce for weeks, and my backyard garden has been producing strawberries, raspberries, green beans, herbs, lettuces and lots of delicious carrots. For years I have tried to figure out what to do with the parts of produce that normally…

Scene in Lynnwood: Meet Me at the Park encourages community health, fitness

Families and community members gathered Tuesday evening in South Lynnwood Park for music, fun and games at the Meet Me at the Park event, hosted by the City of Lynnwood and Verdant Health Commission. South Lynnwood Park is located at 20915 61st Ave. W. Meet Me at the Park is an annual summertime event that…

City of Lynnwood hosting blood drive June 27

The City of Lynnwood is partnering with Bloodworks NW to host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Fire Station training room, 18800 44th Ave. W. To make an appointment, visit schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/GroupLanding.aspx?s=0834. For further questions about eligibility or to call and schedule an appointment by phone, contact BloodworksNW at 1-800-398-7888.  

Sponsor spotlight: Diabetes diagnosis? Here’s how to commit to success    

A new diabetes diagnosis can feel overwhelming. It is important for patients to become committed to the new self-care regimen that diabetes requires. This Q&A with offers some tips on how to get started. What is diabetes? How is it managed? Insulin, a hormone in our bodies, keeps our blood glucose (sugars in the blood)…

Sponsor spotlight: How platelet-rich plasma can improve sexual health

​Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are a form of natural sexual health treatment that gathers platelets and growth factors from a sample of your own blood and re-injects it into your body. These injections are used to improve sexual function in both men and women and can serve as a very effective form of medical…

Alzheimer’s Association names new Washington state chapter executive director

The Alzheimer’s Association has appointed Jim Wilgus as the new executive director for the Washington State Chapter, which is based in Lynnwood. Wilgus joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2010 and has previously served as a regional leader for nine states, including Washington. “It’s an honor to continue my work with the Alzheimer’s Association here at…

Sponsor spotlight: How to not miss critical health screenings

Preventive care is like tending a garden. As things grow and change, you need to step back, reassess and check in. Does a plant need thinning? Do others need more sunshine? Same thing with your health. It’s critical that you get the screenings and preventive care that’s right for your stage of life. A primary…

Parent group sheds light on dangers of vaping

The number of Edmonds School District students using e-cigarettes – a practice known as vaping – has increased dramatically in recent years. In response, a district parent group last week hosted an information night for parents and students aimed at dispelling myths about these products. According to a 2018 survey by the Center for Disease…