It’s Time to Update Your Child’s Health Information

  • Written by Steve Arnoff, American College of Emergency Physicians
Book bags are replacing beach totes as it quickly becomes time for students to go back to school. Organizing your child’s health information, keeping current with doctor’s appointments and planning for emergency scenarios should be part of every parent’s seasonal routine, the nation’s emergency doctors say.
“We all know about reading, writing and arithmetic. Let’s consider adding a fourth ‘R’ for parents – establishing routine healthy behaviors,” said Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). “Now is the perfect time to catch up on doctor visits and update your child’s health information. Taking these actions, before an emergency occurs, can help avoid a trip to the ER and possibly save your child’s life.”
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Gun Safety

  • Written by PEMCO Insurance

Whether or not you own a gun, a study from the University of Washington will likely get you thinking about gun safety. It found that among the 34% of Washingtonians who have a gun in their households, little more than one-third reported storing them unloaded and locked away.

As we have seen very recently, this can have tragic consequences for kids.

To keep your kids safe, experts recommend a combination of child-proofing your gun and gun-proofing your child.

For guns:
•Store unloaded guns and bullets separately
•Lock up guns in a gun safe
•Use trigger locks
•Consider storing guns elsewhere (like at the shooting range)

For kids who encounter a gun - Tell them that if they see a gun:
•Don’t touch (without parent supervision)
•Get away (assume every gun is loaded)
•Tell an adult

No Excuse for Fake News Rhetoric - Guest Column from WNPA

  • Written by Fred Obee - Washington Newspaper Publishers Association
The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by The Seattle Times. The Spokane Spokesman-Review lets people know for the first time the Legislature is forming a task force to exempt lawmakers from portions of the Public Records Act.
The Columbia Basin Herald in Moses Lake warns that air quality for the county fair may be unhealthy because of wildfire smoke pollution. The Omak County Chronicle reports that Wally Richards is this year's Omak Stampede grand marshal. The Nisqually Valley News in Yelm tells its readers where ballot drop boxes will be located so they can participate in the primary election. In the Port Townsend Leader, we learn about firefighter Reece Chambers and ways the community can support his family following his heart transplant.
These stories and many more all appeared recently in the pages of newspapers across Washington state as they chronicled the history of the communities they serve. For more than a century, they have informed, celebrated and lamented the good and bad of the schools, governments and people in their coverage area.
And these are the enemy of the people? This is fake news?
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Ways to Create Joy in Your Own Life

  • Written by Dr. Allison Apfelbaum

When I think of what people may be searching for in their own lives, it seems that the search for happiness is common theme. We live in a culture of “Now” with everything at our fingertips.  It seems hard to believe that people could feel such sadness with having so many wonderful things surrounding themselves.  The truth is that many people are still feeling very alone.  I want to talk about ways to feel more joyful and motivated about your own life. 

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