Verdant classes include virtual diabetes prevention, cooking demos in September

The Verdant Health Commission’s class offerings in September include virtual programs to support a healthy lifestyle, opportunities to explore cuisines from other parts of the world, and more. Learn more or pre-register for classes by visiting Verdant’s website at verdanthealth.org. Virtual – Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Take Control with a Lifestyle Reset If you have…

Verdant accepting health grant applications through Aug. 27

The Verdant Health Commission is accepting grant applications from community groups and organizations that are focused on the health needs of residents in South Snohomish County. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. All grant application materials are available on Verdant’s website. Proposals will be considered that meet the priority areas…

Edmonds School District offering free sports physicals this week

Have a child interested in trying out for sports this fall? The Edmonds School District is offering free sports physicals and medical/dental checks for students this week. Hours are 3-7 p.m.. at Chase Lake Community School, noon to 4 p.m. at Lynnwood Elementary, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace Elementary and Meadowdale…

Hot weather expected later this week, and here are tips for keeping cool

Snohomish County residents are encouraged to be prepared for hotter temperatures starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend. Snohomish County is part of the excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service for much of Washington state. Temperatures are likely to exceed 95 degrees F in parts of the county. These temperatures can become…

Verdant seeks public feedback on new website

The Verdant Health Commission is in the process of modernizing its website and is seeking community feedback. Residents of South Snohomish County are encouraged to complete a short (four-minute) survey.  The survey is offered in English and Spanish and will be open through Sunday, Aug. 15. You can access it at www.surveymonkey.com/r/verdantwebsite.

Blood donors needed, with pop-up sites in Edmonds Aug. 9-10

According to Bloodworks Northwest, summer is traditionally difficult for the blood supply, made worse this year by a severe national blood shortage. The approaching three-day Labor Day holiday weekend brings a greater potential of accidents and injuries requiring blood transfusions as people travel and head outdoors to enjoy the weather. Bloodworks is calling on anyone…

Sponsor spotlight: Preventive medicine for women of all ages

Dr. Rachel Pontemayor’s childhood experiences of family, community and healthcare led her to choose a career in medicine. “I grew up on Guam, an island community and US Territory in the Pacific. I was a sickly child and was always visiting doctors. So I saw first-hand how helpful doctors were to my family—what a difference…

Verdant offering free teen and adult classes in August

Starting in August and September 2021, the Verdant Health Commission will offer health and wellness classes in new formats – virtual, in person, and hybrid. Classes will include cooking demos, nutrition education and more, and they will be offered in different formats to make sure attendees feel safe and have options to meet their comfort…

Reminder: Verdant offering South County Walks this summer

Verdant Health Commission is partnering with South Snohomish County Cities to promote good health and fitness through a series of free community walks called “South County Walks.” The walks are led by volunteers, are typically two to three miles in length and take about an hour to complete. People of all ages and abilities are…

Sponsor spotlight: Do men tend to overlook health issues?

Do men tend to overlook health issues? Dr. Sang Won, who treats men of all ages, says that may just be a stereotype. Still, he encourages men to be attentive to their health, and offers tips on practical daily steps and regular screenings. “It’s never too late to begin routine checkups to stay on top…

Yoga Sanctuary Studio in Perrinville offering free yoga classes this weekend

Yoga Sanctuary Studio in the Perrinville neighborhood, located on the Edmonds/Lynnwood border, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering free yoga classes and prizes this weekend — July 16-18. Owner Yvette Sanchez said she wanted to give back to the community and also help people who have been dealing with COVID-19 issues and mental health…

Free, healthy activities on the menu in July with Verdant

In addition to South County Walks and Meet Me at the Park activities this summer, the Verdant Health Commission is offering free virtual classes and cooking demonstrations in July. Expand your knowledge and learn some health tips and tricks. Whle free, class registration is required. A few examples include: Virtual – Recipes from the Blue Zones:…

Reminder: Verdant to offer South County Walks in Lynnwood starting July 12

Verdant Health Commission is partnering with South Snohomish County cities this summer to promote good health and fitness through a series of free community walks called “South County Walks.” The walks are led by volunteers and are typically two to three miles in length and take about an hour to complete. People of all ages…

South County Walks return, starting July 12

South County Walks returns this summer, with four free community walks each week led by volunteers. Walks run from July 12 – Sept. 2. The Cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, the Edmonds Waterfront Center and the Verdant Health Commission are once again partnering to coordinate these community walks for individuals and families, led…

Verdant approves funding for $2.5 million in community health grants

During the Verdant Health Commission’s recent funding cycle, the board of commissioners approved more than $2.5 million in grants. These funds will be put directly into South Snohomish County to address community health and well-being needs. The grants listed below will support 14 different multi-year projects or programs run by 13 organizations, totaling $2.56 million…

Lynnwood Parks and Recreation offering preschool, adult classes

Looking for some fun and engaging online preschool programs, as well as in-person adult classes? Lynnwood Parks and Recreation has you covered. Tiny Timbre begins 5/20 at 10:15-10:45 am. A once weekly live Zoom class with Teacher Kat accompanied by asynchronous learning opportunities posted in the BAND app. Pre Ballet begins 5/20 at 5-5:30 pm….

Sponsor spotlight: 10 things to know before getting a CoolSculpting treatment

Seeing “trouble areas” in the mirror? Clothes not fitting like they used to? Are you exercising, but can’t seem to get rid of stubborn fat? Want help eliminating fat in these “trouble areas” without surgery or downtime? CoolSculpting — offered by PUR Skin Clinic in downtown Edmonds — is a non-surgical, non-invasive body contouring treatment…

Reminder: Virtual Health and Fitness Expo May 15-22

It’s time for the annual Health and Fitness Expo, sponsored by City of Edmonds Parks and Recreation, Move 60!, the Edmonds School District and Verdant Health Commission to promote health and fitness for families that live in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier. This year’s Health and Fitness Expo is virtual, and participants will have…

Edmonds School District offering free swim voucher program for students

Thanks to support from the Verdant Health Commission, the Edmonds School District is offering all district students the opportunity to receive free water safety swim lessons this summer. The swim vouchers will be sent to all third grade students for lessons in levels 1-4 in water safety, through classroom teachers during the month of May….

South County Fire offering free online safety classes in April

South County Fire has free online classes and programs to help you stay safe and sound. All classes are offered using Zoom and require internet access via a smart phone, tablet or computer. Register in advance online at www.southsnofire.org/classes. Classes offered in April include: Child Car Seat Safety, April 7 at 1-2 p.m. or 6-7…

Verdant Health Commission awards $1 million to local nonprofits

The Verdant Health Commission recently approved more than $1 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations to support community health through its recent competitive application process. The requests granted by the Verdant Board of Commissioners will support 11 different multi-year projects or programs run by 10 different nonprofits, totaling $1.11 million. The following grants were…

Local nonprofits teaming up to provide youth programming this spring

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County and Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County are partnering this spring to bring the eight-week Girls on the Run positive youth development program to girls in third-eighth grades. According to Girls on the Run of Snohomish County Megan Wolfe, the new collaboration in Snohomish County provides important…