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State official staying home for good reason

The absence of Washington's Secretary of State Kim Wyman and others from her staff from a national conference of secretaries of state this summer in Nashville, Tennessee, ordinarily would have gone unnoticed.The Aug. 2 state primary falls shortly after the conference and...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Editorials

Schools provide opportunities to foster fitness and fight obesity

We all like to be proud of our community. We like to think that we're living in an area that is doing all it can to encourage healthy living. Yet, when reports like the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index (AFI) are released, we can see that our...

Date: 04/30/2016 | Commentary

The lead lurking in our water

Any certainty that residents of Washington state wouldn't need to worry about lead in our drinking water — as the residents of Flint, Michigan, have had to endure — has evaporated with recent stories from across the state that testing has found high levels of lead in water...

Date: 04/24/2016 | Editorials

Not just for fish and chips

Vinegar has many uses throughout home and garden

Date: 03/20/2016 | Life

It takes a web of public support to keep ourselves healthy

Mention "the web" and many people will think you're talking about the Internet. But when you're having a serious medical problem, you see an entirely different network in action.Two weeks ago, as my body tried — at first, in vain — to fight off a...

Date: 03/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Keep your new year’s resolutions by enrolling in health coverage

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. Do a Google search, and you’ll find health-related resolutions are among the most common: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, stop smoking, drink less, watch less TV, reduce stress.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Commentary

Higher cigarette tax could save infant lives

Scientists, and many consumers, know that when taxes raise the price of cigarettes, smoking typically goes down. That's why the nation's leading health organizations advocate higher taxes as a way to discourage tobacco use by teenagers.But now those higher prices may be...

Date: 01/01/2016 | Commentary

More young adults enroll in Obamacare

Politics aside, the success of Obamacare has always depended mainly on economics: If it can't attract the right mix of customers, the program is doomed. On this score, the latest figures from the Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging, even if it's too soon to declare...

Date: 12/28/2015 | Commentary

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

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