Countdown is on: Time to register for Oct. 1 Celebrate Schools 5K and futsal tournament

Proudly sponsored by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the Celebrate Schools 5K and new futsal tournament, benefitting the Foundation for Edmonds School District, is happening this Saturday, Oct. 1. Now in its 14th year, it is guaranteed to be a fun time for the whole family! Read on to learn more. – Students, families, community members, and…

Teaching bicycling skills to schoolchildren, improving bike infrastructure for all

It’s back-to-school season, and for kids in the Edmonds School District — home to Washington state’s second-largest public school bicycling education program — that means it’s time to ride bikes. About 5,000 elementary and middle school students will participate in the Let’s Go Edmonds bicycling curriculum during the 2022-23 school year. Only Seattle, which has…

Prenatal yoga class at Edmonds Waterfront Center starts Oct. 3

The Edmonds Waterfront Center will begin offering prenatal yoga classes starting Oct. 3. “This will be a new health and wellness offering in an effort to expand multi-generational programs,” said Waterfront Center CEO Daniel Johnson. The class is being taught by Nisreen Azar, who grew up in Edmonds and still calls the city home. The class…

Homage Senior Services invites community to Engage: Mind and Body Challenge

Lynnwood-based Homage Senior Services, which provides services for older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County, is gearing up to launch its first Engage: Mind and Body challenge. The challenge will work to raise money for Homage and the various programs it runs. When considering ways to engage with the community, Mollie Meyer, Homage’s…

South County Walks return July 11-Sept. 1

South County Walks are back this summer in the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, running from Monday, July 11-Thursday, Sept. 1. These free walks are typically two to three miles and routes will vary based on location. Prior to your first walk, complete the one-time online registration form and then walk as often as…

Families turn out for Edmonds School District health and fitness fair

The Edmonds School District held its free Health and Fitness Expo Saturday, May 21 at Edmonds District Stadium, next to Edmonds-Woodway High School. The sun was out and the event proved to be popular as participants engaged in a variety of activities and also learned about healthy habits and nutrition. Activities included a 1k fun…

International powerlifting champ calls Edmonds home

Edmonds resident Chris Knauer is a big guy. From the moment he enters the room, the whole place feels just a little smaller – but it only takes a minute for his infectious smile and easy laugh to put you at ease. One thing you need to know about Chris: He lifts heavy things –…

Volunteers needed for Girls on the Run youth development program this spring

Girls on the Run of Snohomish County (GOTR) is looking for dedicated individuals to serve as coaches and mentors during the spring season, April 18-June 13, 2022. The nonprofit organization is seeking volunteer coaches to facilitate the program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade in Snohomish County. No experience is necessary and coach training, program curriculum, supplies and coach support are provided for…

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’ Jerry Karnofski: pushing 96 and still pumping iron

He’s a regular at Edmonds’ Harbor Square Athletic Club, where Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings find him in the equipment room getting in his regular routine of resistance training.  He’s not the kind of guy who makes a big splash at the club – he just sticks with his program and does his workout, one…

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 Edmonds starting July 13

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…