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…

Live near a Lynnwood park? Become a Park Champion

The City of Lynnwood was selected to receive a $40,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association to support Lynnwood’s planning and policy efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks — and the city is inviting residents to become park champions. Do you or your family live near a Lynnwood park? Like to play…

Get outside and move at free South County Walks through Sept. 30

Are you looking for a way to get more active this summer and meet new people? Join the Verdant Health Commission for free community walks, scheduled four times a week through the end of September, excluding holidays. Participate one time, eight times, or all 55 times. Walks will typically be two to three miles and…

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.  

Healthy eating: How to combat food cravings

Have you ever stared at a pile of cookie crumbs or a nearly empty potato chip bag, with a belly full of shame, and wondered, “How did I let this happen?” I can relate. I think almost anyone can relate. Besides driving you to eat, cravings can drive you nuts—making you feel like an out-of-control failure who…

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)…

Move 60! Summer Program set for July 1-Aug. 22

The Edmonds School District’s Move 60! Summer Program provides free, fun exercise and activities throughout the summer for district students – plus a free lunch. The program includes games, parachute, fitness stations, racket sports, basketball, 4 square and other activities. When: July 1-August 22. Monday-Thursdays. Move 60! 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free lunch will be served…

Playtime: Many options for summer basketball camps

All it took was hearing that a friend’s third-grade daughter has been playing basketball in their driveway to get me woozy at the thought of her signing up for a basketball team. I loved playing basketball and being on that particular team in 9th and 10th grade. What is different about my basketball experience and…

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…

Registration for Lynnwood summer programs now underway

Looking for summer activities for the kids and adults? Registration is now open for City of Lynnwood activities, special events and summer camps for kids. Browse the summer Recreation Guide for youth, adult and senior programs including: fitness classes, dance classes, Kamp Kookamunga, World’s Largest Swimming Lesson and Sandlot Cinemas. You can register for programs online or in-person at…

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…

Healthy eating: Foods that help your body heal

Food as medicine is a theme that is becoming more popular. It’s similar to the adage “you are what you eat.” If you eat hamburgers and french fries everyday your body will feel the effects in the long run…you won’t turn into a hamburger nor a french fry. Thinking about what we consume becomes more…

Families get moving at annual Health and Fitness Expo

It was a beautiful Saturday morning to be outside and active, as hundreds of kids, parents, health-related business owners and others gathered at Edmonds School District stadium for the annual Health and Fitness Expo organized by Edmonds Parks and Recreation, Move 60!, the Edmonds School District and Verdant Health Commission. Organized activities focused on track and…

Reminder: Health & Fitness Expo at Edmonds District Stadium May 18

The Edmonds School District and Edmonds Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the annual Health & Fitness Expo Saturday, May 18 at Edmonds District Stadium, 7600 212th St. S.W. Free activities include exhibitor booths, a Move 60! Family Fun Run, a family fitness stage, bicycles, gardening, basketball and an obstacle course. The event runs from 9 a.m.-noon….

Fitness Corner: Contemplating what could have been

Because yesterday was my parents’ 47th wedding anniversary and today is Mother’s Day, this weekend would be celebratory regardless. But this year in particular it is truly something to appreciate. My mother — my healthy, vibrant, active, vegetarian, teetotaling, slender, yoga-teaching, meditating, dear mother –had a heart attack five weeks ago. When my father Skyped…

More accolades for Swedish Edmonds nurse Stefan Torres

Last summer, we wrote about  award-wining Swedish Edmonds nurse Stefan Torres, who runs Nurse Weekly, an educational video channel available for worldwide viewing on Facebook and YouTube. In particular, we highlighted the video he produced August 2018 — in honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month — on the benefits of breastfeeding. Turns out, since our last report…

‘The Dangers of Vaping’ topic of ESD Parent Leaders presentation May 23

The Parent Leaders for the Edmonds School District organization is hosting an information night for families Thursday, May 23 on “The Dangers of Vaping.” The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Great Hall, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds. The parent group notes that vaping has increase significantly in the school district…

Healthy eating: How to create the perfect meal

This month’s column offers a format change for me. I have been going through many changes these past few months myself–health, work, relationships and of course the seasons to name a few. Several years ago I participated in a powerful program called “Precision Nutrition” (PN) which takes a holistic approach to exercise and diet. I…

Women are Raving about an Art & Mindfulness Experience in Edmonds

(Sponsored by Peggy Farah) The Release™️ day retreat for women has been providing a fabulous opportunity for local women to come together, build connections, tend to self-care and play with a huge array of provided art supplies for the past several months at Artworks in downtown Edmonds. This innovative program includes mindfulness instruction, journaling, group…

City cuts ribbon for Lynnwood’s Interurban Trail Plaza

The City of Lynnwood earlier this week held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in honor of the Interurban Trail’s new 40th Avenue West Plaza. The celebration, held April 22, also included a tree planting in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day. The new plaza features picnic tables, a workout station, bicycle-service station and kiosk. The plaza…

Sponsor spotlight: Introducing a less-invasive form of fertility treatment

Seattle Sexual Health Centers, located just off Interstate 5 at Northgate, offers Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) — a common treatment option for a variety of fertility-related issues. IUI is considered a less-invasive form of fertility treatment. Although it does require human intervention, certain important steps of the pregnancy process are still expected to occur as they…

Fitness Corner: Get back into the working-out game

After an unexpectedly intense workout this morning, I found myself crying. This is not unusual for a lot of people who work out hard; sometimes, after pushing your mind and body, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with emotion. Just about all of my clients get emotional at some point during our work together. This…