New report estimates number of people misusing opioids in Snohomish County

In a new report released Wednesday, the Snohomish Health District estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 people in Snohomish County are suffering from opioid use disorder. It’s likely that another 35,000 to 80,000 people are misusing opioids. Determining the burden of disease goes deeper than tracking data and trends, the Health District said. It estimates…

Fitness trainer Renee Reed to speak at AAUW meeting in Lynnwood Jan. 12

Renee Reed, founder and head coach at 6 Movements Fitness Studio in Edmonds’ Firdale Village, will speak on balance and physical activities for seniors during the Saturday, Jan. 12 meeting of Edmonds SnoKing AAUW at Fairwinds Brighton Court in Lynnwood. Reed is certified as a personal trainer, a senior fitness specialist, indoor rowing instructor and kettlebell…

Check out Verdant’s healthy lifestyle programs to start your new year off right

A new year often means a new start. If you want lifestyle changes that you can sustain, take a look at the Verdant Health Commission’s Getting to Goal Weight Reduction Class on Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Mediterranean for Life six-part program starting Thursday Jan. 17, or the weekly Healthy Living Coaching Group for support and…

Sponsor offer: Free class, free snacks at Orangetheory Fitness Jan. 1

It’s New Year’s Resolution time, and on Jan. 1, Orangetheory Fitness Lynnwood — sponsor of our Health and Fitness page — is offering a free class and free snacks. These free classes are limited, so call now to reserve your spot —  425-224-3637. Or click here to submit your information.  

Healthy Eating: Eat better in 2019, one day at a time

The new year is just days away. This is the time when people hurry up and get things accomplished before the end of the year and start to think about plans for 2019. Thinking about resolutions comes to mind. These resolutions often involve health-related topics, which include losing weight, eating better and exercising more. Thus…

Sponsor spotlight: What your heart rate is telling you

Heart-rate monitoring is undoubtedly the latest fitness craze. More often than not, you spot joggers on the street so consumed in the state-of-the-art equipment plastered on their wrist that they risk running in the road in the middle of oncoming traffic. Or you visit a tech-savvy fitness facility with heart rate metrics displayed on a…

Prep girls basketball: Mavs beat Lake Washington 57-47

The Meadowdale Lady Mavericks were able to break open a close game in the final quarter on Wednesday to earn their third victory of the season. By outscoring Lake Washington 18-10 in the fourth quarter, the Lady Mavs were able to defeat the Kangaroos 57-47 in a non-conference girls basketball contest played at Meadowdale High…

Tips for safely soothing teething pain and sensory needs in babies, older children

Teething is normal but may be a painful experience for infants and toddlers. Too often, well-meaning parents and caregivers who want to ease a child’s pain turn to medications and products that could be harmful. That’s the word from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a consumer notice about the practice last week….

Two flavors of RXBAR recalled due to possible peanut contamination

RXBAR — available at local retailers including PCC Community Markets and Trader Joe’s — has voluntarily recalled the following products because they may contain trace amounts of undeclared peanut, an allergen, limited to certain lots of product. No other RXBAR flavors or products are affected by the recall. “People who have an allergy to peanuts…

Edmonds artist gets helping hand from new device; medical trial starts in January

Edmonds artist Whitney Buckingham-Beechie, featured artist in this Thursday’s Art Walk Edmonds, is a sculptor as well as a painter who works in mixed media — wax with indigo dye. “Indigo is alive,” she said, “so it’s unpredictable.” What she didn’t fully appreciate was the unpredictability of creating art with mild hand tremors. “I’ve had…

Sponsor spotlight: 5 tips to stay #HolidayProof this season

The holidays can be stressful. We totally get it. When you’ve reached your wits’ end with last-minute holiday shopping, company outings, and coping with the after effects of drinking too much spiked eggnog, maintaining a consistent workout routine and a balanced diet is oftentimes the last thing on your mind. What if we told you…

Washington Health Benefit Exchange enrollment event at Mountlake Terrace Library Dec. 15

An enrollment event for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange will be at the Mountlake Terrace Library from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The exchange has expanded opportunities to connect with in-person help are being introduced now in support of Washington Healthplanfinder’s #GetCoveredWA effort — a statewide campaign to get all Washingtonians signed up for…

City of Lynnwood Recreation Guide offers winter activities for all ages

Looking for winter activities for the kids and adults? Now’s the time to sign up for activities, special events and out-of-school-time camps available through the City of Lynnwood’s winter Recreation Guide for youth, adult and senior programs. Offerings include fitness classes, dance classes, Ties & Tiaras Winter Ball, winter hiking, and more. You can register for programs online or…

Snohomish Health District Dec. 11 to hold public hearing on 2019 budget

The Snohomish Health District Board of Health at its Tuesday, Dec. 11 meeting will hold a public hearing and is expected to take action on the 2019 budget. The meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. in the Snohomish Health District’s Auditorium located at 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett. The full board meeting packet is available online.

Welcome to our new Health and Fitness page sponsor Orangetheory Fitness

We warmly welcome Orangetheory Fitness, the sponsor of our new Health and Fitness page on My Edmonds News, MLTnews and Lynnwood Today. Lynnwood’s Studio Manager Rusty Gebhardt has been in the fitness industry for the past three years and says he is excited to be at the helm of the Lynnwood/Edmonds/Mountlake Terrace Orangetheory Fitness. He and his staff…

Healthy Eating: Savory or sweet, these treats are just right for holiday season

This is the time of year when our eating and drinking habits can get out of control easily.  During the holiday season, overeating can be a serious problem, leaving us feeling tired, stressed and generally unwell. Lots of family gatherings, office parties and holiday festivities with friends offer us an abundance of opportunities for overindulging….

County Executive extends activation of emergency system to address opioid crisis

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers on Thursday announced he has signed a directive to extend activation of the emergency management system to address the opioid crisis. By signing the directive, the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group [MAC Group] will continue its work to reduce overdose deaths and other negative impacts in the community….

Sponsor spotlight: Get a clearer complexion with Clear Skin Acne Facial

Acne is the bane of many people’s existences. It is an unwanted blemish that can look and feel unattractive. A Clear Skin Acne Facial is the answer to those embarrassing acne problems. What Causes Acne? While there isn’t a single cause for acne, there are many common themes. Let’s look at some of them: •…

Robin Fenn

For Your Health: Sometimes the easiest choices to make are not the most healthy

I recently heard a colleague say during a presentation, “Nothing you say matters; everything you do does.” These words really resonated with me as, during the same week, I also heard several other colleagues talk about the commitments they had made that weighed down their schedules and the lack of a sense of accomplishment that…

Butternut Squash Soup

Healthy Eating: Enjoy soup season with butternut squash

We have entered the season of soup. Halloween arrives. The rains begin. The leaves fall from the trees. Daylight savings time comes. Definitely “soup season.” I love it! One of my favorite Sunday rituals is to make a big pot of soup that feeds the family during the week. I love a dinner of soup,…

Michael Hastings

Lynnwood man voted president-elect of national Emergency Nurses Association

Swedish Edmonds emergency nurse and Lynnwood resident Michael Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN has been elected 2019 president-elect of the Emergency Nurses Association. Hastings most recently served as secretary/treasurer for the Emergency Nurses Association Board of Directors. An association member and an emergency nurse for the last 14 years, Hastings has served the association in different…

Verdant to invest $5 million in health infrastructure across South Snohomish County

The Verdant Health Commission Board has approved support for six projects aimed at increasing access to health care and supporting physical activity for South Snohomish County residents. According to a Verdant announcement, the six capital projects include a turf playfield in Mountlake Terrace, a community health clinic in Lynnwood, and outdoor fitness zones in Edmonds….

Healthy Eating: Treat yourself to a whole-grain cookie

We just celebrated the Fall Equinox and it’s apparent that the days are getting shorter. For many of us, our children are back in school. The rhythm of my days has shifted. I harvested the last of my Italian plums and created a glorious new recipe for Plum Chutney (which I will share in another…

For Your Health: An addition to the parents’ back-to-school list

Ahhhhhhh…the first day of school. As summer is winding down, parents and children alike are gearing up for back to school. The coming of the new school year conjures up thoughts of new school supplies and school clothes, reconnecting with old friends, sharing summer vacation stories. It is an exciting time for most kids. For…