Health and fitness

National Healthcare Decisions Day: Take charge of end-of-life planning

National Healthcare Decisions Day: Take charge of end-of-life planning

Do you have a plan in place for end-of-life decisions? Does your family know your wishes in case you face a life-threatening illness? You’ll have a chance to talk about those issues in Edmonds and Lynnwood on April 16, when organizations in Snohomish County join others across the state and nationally to recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day. You’ll receive information and tools t... »

Happening nearby: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation conference at Shoreline CC Saturday

For some 40,000 Washington residents diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) — including a growing number of infants and children under the age of 18 — the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America is on a mission to assist and to educate. This Saturday, April 12, CCFA Northwest is sponsoring a day-long IBD Education Conference at Shoreline Community... »

Happening nearby: Low Vision Expo set for May 17 at Lynnwood Convention Center

Happening nearby: Low Vision Expo set for May 17 at Lynnwood Convention Center

SightConnection presents Insight: A Low Vision Expo on May 17 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. SightConnection provides low vision rehabilitative services throughout King, Snohomish, and Skagit counties to older adults living with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other sources of low vision. In response to the growing numbers of people livi... »

Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: April is National Rosacea Awareness Month — relinquish the redness

Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: April is National Rosacea Awareness Month — relinquish the redness

Millions of American’s have rosacea. However, according to the National Rosacea Society and a Gallup survey, 78 percent of American’s have no knowledge of this condition including how to recognize it or what to do about it. Through understanding the different appearances of rosacea, as well as some common triggers, individuals can start taking steps in the right direction toward controlling rednes... »

City of Edmonds to host second annual Health & Fitness Expo May 17; exhibitors needed

Mark your calendars for the City of Edmonds’ second annual Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 17 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Edmonds School District Stadium, free and open to the public.  Kids and adults can test their agility and balance in the Active Zone obstacle course, raise their heart rate making a smoothie on the bike blender, get their blood pressure checked, try healthy snacks... »

Last chance to sign up for ‘6 Weeks to a Healthier You’

Have you been considering signing up for 6 Weeks to a Healthier You with Joe Piscatella? The wellness program organized by the Verdant Health Commission runs six consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning April 15 and ending May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Pre- and post-program biometrics screenings are also included in the program, as is on-site childcare. Learn more or sign up by March 30 ... »

Register now for April 26 March for Babies walk

Register now for April 26 March for Babies walk

According to the March of Dimes, premature babies often spend weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit fighting for life, and often have lasting disabilities due to being born before they are ready. Edmonds’ City Park will be the starting place for the 2014 March for Babies Snohomish fundraising walk, set for Saturday, April 26. David Jaffe, Chief Executive of Swedish/Edmonds, is serving as... »

Register now through March 30 for ’6 Weeks to a Healthier You’ program

Register now through March 30 for ’6 Weeks to a Healthier You’ program

Joe Piscatella Registration is now underway for the upcoming 6 Weeks to a Healthier You program, which will take place April 15-May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Participants will learn how improve health habits and manage stress. Lorrie Hermanson recalls a time when getting to her desk at work, on the third floor of a building with no elevator, was a challenge. She had let her health slip... »

Happening nearby: Get help enrolling in Affordable Care Act on Friday, March 14

Representatives from WithinReach will be providing assistance for those who have questions about the Affordable Care Act and options for health care coverage on Friday, March 14 at the Lynnwood Library. Help will be available from 2-5 p.m. WithinReach Staff are certified in-person assisters and will be available to answer questions, schedule appointments, and complete applications for enrollment i... »

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance sign-up session at Swedish/Edmonds Tuesday

With the Affordable Care Act, and all the changes taking place in health insurance, it can get a little confusing about how to choose a new health insurance plan — or if you even need to choose one. To help explain insurance plan options available to those who need assistance signing up for a new plan through the Health Benefit Exchange, Swedish will host a free Affordable Care Act sign-up session... »

Hospital expansion at Swedish/Edmonds marks historic milestone

Hospital expansion at Swedish/Edmonds marks historic milestone

These are exciting times at Swedish/Edmonds and for our community. As the community grows, we’re growing too! The largest expansion of our hospital in more than 40 years is underway. In fact, we just broke ground for the first phase of the project, a multilevel parking garage. The expansion features a $63.5 million, two-story addition to the east side of the hospital that will include a new emerge... »

Snap Fitness hosting health fair Friday

Snap Fitness in downtown Edmonds is sponsoring a health fair Friday. The event will include blood pressure readings and health drinks plus massage and reflexology. Snap Fitness is located at 505 5th Ave. S. »

Snohomish County reports big jump in gonorrhea cases

The number of gonorrhea cases in Snohomish County has increased nearly 50 percent in the past year and the county health department says to take it seriously — left untreated, it can cause serious harm. In 2012, there were 168 reported cases of gonorrhea in Snohomish County; that number rose to 249 in 2013. Gonorrhea rates statewide have climbed steadily since 2010, but state health official... »

Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace receive $1.9 million grant from Verdant to establish regional bicycle network

Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace receive $1.9 million grant from Verdant to establish regional bicycle network

Verdant’s map shows the community served by the Verdant Health Commission and the existing, soon-to-be completed and future links within the bicycle network. The Verdant Health Commission recently approved a three-year, $1.9 million project with the cities of Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace to establish a regional bicycle network that will provide greater opportunities for individuals and ... »

Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: Healthy choices, Healthy skin

Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: Healthy choices, Healthy skin

With each New Year, common resolutions include eating healthier, exercising regularly and living a stress-free life. These life choices allow for a healthier you, including your skin. Achieving radiant skin is a result of a few simple choices in your everyday life. This year, you can achieve glowing, healthy skin by pairing a basic daily skincare regimen and these three healthy lifestyle choices: ... »

Be aware of your health insurance options, local broker says

David Preston of the Edmonds-based Insurance Resource Group wants to make sure that local residents were aware of their options following President Obama’s announcement Thursday that patients could keep their existing health insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act. “It’s important for Washington residents to only pay attention to our state issues and not what is hap... »

Community celebrates opening of S. Snohomish County Center for Healthy Living

Community celebrates opening of S. Snohomish County Center for Healthy Living

Members of the Senior Services Multicultural Senior Center celebrated the opening of the Center for Healthy Living in Lynnwood with a musical performance. The various multicultural groups will be meeting at the Center in the future. The Center for Healthy Living officially opened its doors last week, but Wednesday’s open house was the first opportunity for many South Snohomish residents to take a ... »

Children’s Clinic of South Snohomish County joins Swedish Medical Group

Children’s Clinic of South Snohomish County joins Swedish Medical Group

Swedish Medical Group, a division of Swedish Health Services, announced Monday that it has acquired the Children’s Clinic of South Snohomish County in Edmonds. “The newly named Swedish Children’s Clinic – Edmonds will continue to provide the same level of care and quality doctors that its patients have come to rely upon since the 1960s,” Swedish Medical Group (SMG) said in ... »

Citizens question officials about new health care law at Edmonds town hall meeting

Citizens question officials about new health care law at Edmonds town hall meeting

While there has been significant publicity about glitches in accessing health insurance plan information at the national level, Washington State’s own system is performing well, with more than 100,000 residents signed up so far. That’s the word from elected officials who spoke about state implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during a town hall meeting at Swedish/Edmonds hosp... »

The Washington Health Exchange is open: What does it mean to you?

The Washington Health Exchange is open: What does it mean to you?

The desire to find and apply for affordable health care options in Washington is here, but the platform to do so has certainly had its issues. With the first open enrollment period for health care reform beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 1, there were high hopes for what the state exchange — wahealthplanfinder.org — would deliver. The site is an online marketplace where people can discover if... »

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