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Begin work to enroll in coverage for health care before holidays hit

Many people find the frenzied pace of November and December a bit overwhelming. School concerts, parent-teacher conferences, holiday parties and events, shopping, work deadlines, inclement weather, family visits, travel, additional church and community activities, and other...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Commentary

Walking on water

Boardwalk at North Creek Park refurbished

Date: 11/05/2015 | Local News

Health board should set rules for vaping in public

Before the risks of second-hand cigarette smoke were better understood and led to laws that curtailed smoking in public places, it was common to hear a polite tobacco user ask: "Mind if I smoke?"Comedian Steve...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Editorials

Make breast cancer awareness a priority all year

Our annual conversation about breast cancer awareness closes as we say goodbye to October. Many of us took part in heart-felt walks and other awareness-raising events as we worked to support efforts to save our neighbors, sisters, mothers and daughters. This is important work.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Commentary

5 myths about weight loss

Obesity has been on the rise worldwide for decades, putting people at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer. Today, two thirds of adults and one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. As the numbers on the scale get bigger, so...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Commentary

Color your way calm

Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore

Date: 10/25/2015 | Life

Want a better smoothie? Make it yourself

The "smoothie" category covers a wide range of products and recipes that many people are surprised to find out aren't necessarily "healthy." Along with beneficial fruits and vegetables, many pre-packaged and store-made options contain added sugar. When a smoothie...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Life

Give kids healthy start to school year

The days are getting shorter and summer activities are winding down. School supply lists are appearing in stores and your in-boxes. Kids (hopefully) are finishing their summer reading lists. Back to School time is just around the corner, though it may feel like Memorial Day was just a...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Commentary

Move school start times an hour later

In a little more than two weeks, most Snohomish County middle school and high school students — or their parents — will begin setting alarms on their clocks and phones to wake up and get ready for school. Depending on morning routines, many will rise at 5 a.m. or earlier so...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Editorials

Education, not taxation best way to address sugar

Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They're now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to place Coca-Cola in the context of a healthy diet.A New York Times editorial accuses Coke and other beverage-makers of forming...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hooping for a record

Hula hoopers get rained out during quest for Guinness

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Representatives of 72 organizations pledge to help county get healthy

EVERETT — More than 400 people representing local business and nonprofit organizations launched an ambitious effort Thursday: to improve the health of people living in Snohomish County in the next five years.It involved more than words, though. Representatives of 72...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News

Summit’s goal: Improve health, quality of life

EVERETT — Hundreds of leaders in medicine, business, government and social services plan to gather next week to kick off an initiative that could reshape the way health care is viewed and practiced in Snohomish County.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Hearing aids should be Medicare benefit

"The ACA is here to stay" — and so are profound health care inequities, unless corrected.Public support for the Affordable Care Act is weakest among the elderly, and not without good reason: Those 65 and older are already covered by Medicare, and many are...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Commentary

Working harder to relax so we can work harder

We ambitious strivers seeking guidance from fitness pros, decluttering experts and TED talks often find the day divided in two unequal parts. Three-quarters goes to overworking. The remaining quarter is for countering the ill effects of overworking. We do the latter not necessarily to...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Classic body-weight training still yields results

Vibram running, Kangoo jump workouts, slide boards, six-minute abs, shake weights, the ThighMaster ... fitness trends and gadgets come and go. But one type of exercise has stood the test of time: body-weight training."There are so many fads and buzzwords out there, but...

Date: 05/05/2015 | Life

Nursing homes’ low staffing levels raise concerns for care

As a certified nursing assistant at an Edmonds long-term care facility where staffing levels have fallen short for as long as I can remember, I support the Quality Care Act, legislation that would require nursing homes to provide enough caregivers to take care of our most vulnerable...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary

Support YMCA’s good works in county

The YMCA of Snohomish County has launched its annual community support campaign to ensure that everyone in Snohomish County has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.Every day, the YMCA...

Date: 03/16/2015 | Commentary

Medicare works; open it to everyone

Is our social contract obsolete, only a fond memory of a simpler time? Some, perhaps many, on the political right who embrace a libertarian view hold that their successes are self-made and so should be yours.As conservatives legislatively seek its repeal and the U.S. Supreme...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary

Vaping not safe for our youths

We applaud Gov. Inslee's spotlight on the escalating use of e-cigarettes among youth in our state. Not only is vaping on the rise, but it has surpassed tobacco cigarette use, with 10th grade students in Washington two times more likely to vape than to smoke traditional cigarettes.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Commentary

Support Y's building projects

As the YMCA of Snohomish County builds new facilities in the next few years for the Stanwood-Camano Island area and for Everett, expect to see the building of healthier communities at the same time.The YMCA was...

Date: 01/26/2015 | Editorials

Get healthy, south county

New wellness center opening in Lynnwood

Date: 01/23/2015 | Local News

Trying to survive the family festival of winter sickness

Every winter, croup hits my daughter with a force so hard that it knocks out our whole family. If you've dealt with croup, then you immediately understand. It's evil. But if you haven't, let's name my daughter's croup by its creator: Human Parainfluenza Virus (HPIV). Now doesn't that...

Date: 01/18/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Resolving to workout? Let this app be your guide

All right, so it's time again to get serious about your fitness goals. Of course, if you want them to last longer than a few days you might need some help.That's where the Official 7-Minute Workout App comes in. The user-friendly app has 36 exercises, 13 predesigned...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Electric pulses ease pain

Now there are home devices available

Date: 12/28/2014 | Whats Up With That?

Boeing launches major health care overhaul

For many, health care is a headache, even when you're covered.Costs rise yearly, sometimes by double-digit percentages. Consumers can face long waits to make appointments, then sometimes are referred to another organization. They must explain, again, their health problem.

Date: 12/02/2014 | Business

Fashion from the heart

Little black dresses created special for cancer survivors

Date: 12/02/2014 | Life

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