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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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….

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Swedish Edmonds emergency nurse voted president-elect of national 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….