Snohomish County ranked third healthiest in Washington state

Snohomish County holds its spot as third healthiest county in Washington state for the second year in a row, according to the annual County Health Rankings. The 10th annual rankings were released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. They are meant to be a snapshot of health…

Reminder: Lynnwood Senior Center to host Outdoor Recreation preview March 22

Do you love to hike, river raft and kayak? The Lynnwood Senior Center — in conjunction with the Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department — invites the public for an informational meeting on Friday, March 22 about its upcoming outdoor recreation programs. Don’t miss out on sneak-peek preview of 2019 trips and destinations. This…

Sponsor spotlight: GAINSWave Technology aimed at improving men’s sexual health

Seattle Sexual Health Centers offers GAINSWave, a new, innovative trea protocol for men designed to improve sexual performance in a variety of ways. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and a variety of male sexual health issues could benefit from GAINSWave treatment. As men age and their bodies and sexual organs become less…

March Mile event for Edmonds School District elementary students March 22

All Edmonds School District elementary students are encouraged to participate in the March Mile on Friday, March 22. The four-lap run/walk will take place on the Edmonds District Stadium track. Parents are welcome to run or walk with their student. The March Mile is free with no entry fee. The mile will include everyone running…

How to Naturally Dye Your Eggs This Easter with Full Circle

(Sponsored by Full Circle Farms) Learn how to naturally dye your eggs with organic produce! Now is the time to switch out those toxic methods with eco-friendly dyes. We couldn’t believe how amazing these eggs turned out, using ingredients found in the Full Circle produce boxes! The kiddos will get a kick out of coloring…

Fitness Corner: Back to basics with the Whole30 diet

For those of us looking to meet our health and fitness goals, there are many eating plans from which to choose. Take your pick! Paleo, Vegan, Mediterranean, Whole30, DASH, Raw, Keto . . . to name just a few. Each plan comes with its own set of promises of what you will accomplish through it…

Swedish Edmonds earns nuclear cardiology reaccreditation

Swedish Edmonds has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Nuclear Cardiology, the hospital announced Friday. “Nuclear Cardiology re-accreditation demonstrates our culture of a positive practice environment and excellent care is raising the bar in Snohomish County,” said Swedish Edmonds Chief Operating Officer Sarah Zabel. Cardiovascular diseases are…

‘The Power of Hearing Well’ program at Cedar Creek Memory Care March 5

hearing-e1551576871121.jpg”>Social gerontologist Benjamin Surmi will speak on “The Power of Hearing Well: The surprising connection between hearing well and dementia,” Tuesday, March 5 at Cedar Creek Memory Care 21006 72nd Ave. W., Edmonds. There will be two presentations — one at 2 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Hearing may have just as much of…

Verdant honors programs, individuals dedicated to community health

The Verdant Health Commission presented four awards to community members and organizations at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Lynnwood. After keynote speaker Eric Klinenberg discussed the importance of shared spaces, four awards were presented to three programs and one individual who have worked to promote a healthier community. The awards…

Shared public spaces key to healthy communities, Verdant conference speaker says

In our increasingly divided society, shared community spaces play a key role in promoting a healthy community. That was the message delivered by keynote speaker Eric Klinenberg during the Verdant Health Commission’s 4th annual Healthier Community Conference in Lynnwood Feb. 21. The annual conference brings together those who serve South Snohomish County residents’ needs, with…

Healthy eating: Snow or not, delicious ways to use kale

“Snowmaggedon” or “Snowpocalypse” came into our area with a roar. If you were like me, you were housebound for several days due to the condition of our local roads. We moved here from Burlington, Vermont almost 20 years ago and during our last winter we had 120 inches of snow recorded for our neighborhood. So…

Lynnwood City Council hears safety updates from police department

The Lynnwood City Council at its Feb. 20 work session heard multiple reports from the Lynnwood Police Department about its efforts to address the issues of homelessness and drug addiction and to provide a safer community for all Lynnwood residents. Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis shared with the city council more information on the proposed…

Reminder: Verdant conference for health, social service, community providers Feb. 21

Registration is now open for the 4th annual Verdant Healthier Community Conference, a half-day event on Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Lynnwood Convention Center that will bring together individuals who serve South Snohomish County residents’ needs, with a focus on health, wellness, and community building. This year’s theme is how social and physical environments affect…

Fitness Corner: When indoor cycling becomes a community

Years ago, I heard a reverend say to her parishioners, “If you can’t find the faith you need then you can borrow it from me.” Similarly, in my role as a strength coach and trainer, I provided to my clients energy and motivation that they may not have been able to find within themselves 100…

Sponsor spotlight: New clinic addresses sexual health for men and women

Sex has always played an integral role in our psyches and senses of well-being. But it’s only been recently that we have been able to more openly discuss issues regarding sexuality. It only takes a moment of reflection to understand how sex has influenced us. In spite of this enormous influence and impact, most communication…

Blood supplies ‘critically low’ as weather keeps donors home

As many people stay home because of snow and ice, donations at Bloodworks Northwest Lynnwood Donor Center have become “critically low,” officials said. Patients don’t take a snow day and the need for blood donations remains constant, the center said. Bloodworks is urging the community to help make up for the loss of hundreds of…

Sprouts Farmers Market to cut the ribbon Wednesday for new Lynnwood location

Sprouts Farmers Market will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 19630 Highway 99 on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 a.m. This is the Phoenix-based company’s second store in Washington. The first one opened in Mill Creek in August 2018. The healthy grocer, famous for its farm-fresh produce, says it will offer…

Sponsor spotlight: Discomfort due to hormonal changes? Visit Seattle Sexual Health Centers

Fluctuations in hormone levels can cause vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, increased risk of urinary tract infection, and other physical symptoms. These symptoms can range in severity and often cause pain, both in general and during intercourse, making it seem impossible to engage in sexual intercourse without pain. Women who have just given birth or are…

Court ruling opens door for Agent Orange claims from ‘Blue Water’ veterans

The Mountlake Terrace-based Joint Service Committee, which works with veterans in South Snohomish County, sent an alert this week regarding a federal court ruling that could affect tens of thousands of Navy and Coast Guard veterans suffering with Agent Orange-related disabilities. According to a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal…

Healthy Eating: Magic Mineral Broth — recovery in a bowl

I recently had surgery. I had my initial consult with the surgeon back in October 2018. I needed the surgery, but kept putting other things and other people in front of myself. As a result of my cancer diagnosis, I have had too many surgeries in the last decade. I kept thinking that this surgery…

Snohomish County sues pharmaceutical companies over their role in opioid crisis

The Snohomish County Council voted unanimously Monday to file a civil lawsuit against the makers and distributors of Oxycontin and other opioids for ignoring criminal activity that played a role in the county’s opioid crisis. The lawsuit — which has the support of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County Executive and Snohomish County Sheriff— was filed against…

Fitness corner: How one minute of daily breathing changed my life

Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome back Fitness Corner writer Pritam Potts. Personal Transformation Series Part 1 of 4 One year ago, on the fourth anniversary of my late husband’s death, I huddled in bed to stay warm, utterly alone, defeated and hopeless. It was 20 degrees outside and the furnace was broken, my…

Playtime: Options for kids who want to play lacrosse

“Mom, I wanna play lacrosse” is a sentence I ignored after my youngest came home telling me how much fun he was having during his lacrosse unit in P.E.. Pre-kid Jen thinks this makes me a terrible and unsupportive mother, mid-kid Jen understands that if you start every sport or activity at the first mention…

City of Lynnwood offering New Year, New You Workout Party Jan. 12

The City of Lynnwood invites you to the Recreation Center Saturday, Jan. 12 for a New Year, New You Workout Party “jam packed with fitness, food and fun.” The Workout Party starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m. All of the group fitness programs will be featured, so come for all five classes…