Written by K. W. Scarbrough, OD Eagle Eye Vision Care, PS
It has been estimated that in children 80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes. In school, children use books, computers, white boards and smart boards. Children also use their eyes during play. If vision is not optimal it can affect performance both in academics and sports.
Millions of people go to agricultural fairs and petting zoos this time of year, and children of all ages love to be around the animals. Taking a few safety precautions can help reduce the chance of getting sick after spending time with animals or their surroundings.
“We encourage people to enjoy their local fairs and petting zoos,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “Just make sure your visit is a safe one. Washing your hands is the number one way to do just that.”
Discover family friendly activities to help you be your Healthiest Best at the EvergreenHealth Healthiest Best Family Fun Day in Kirkland on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees can take the opportunity to get wellness resources from a variety of interactive booths and sample healthy lunch recipes prepared by an EvergreenHealth dietitian. Kids are invited to join relay races and bring their favorite stuffed animal for a special “Teddy Bear Clinic,” a real health checkup in an emergency aid car.
Participants of all ages can enjoy other Healthiest Best Family Fun Day highlights such as:
• Starting at 12 p.m., stretch it out and meet Seattle Sounders FC alum and fan favorite Roger Levesque as he leads Family Fun Day participants in a group stretching exercise.
• Helmet giveaways for children complete with fittings by experts from Safe Kids Eastside (available while supplies last.)
• Complimentary biometric health and skin cancer screenings at the event. Personal biometric consultations for adults over the age of 18 to evaluate BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure levels require fasting (no food or drink after midnight, except black coffee or plain water) and are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. the day of the event. All biometric and skin screening appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 425-899-3000 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The Healthiest Best Family Fun Day will be held in the Silver Zone at EvergreenHealth, 12040 NE 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034. Parking is available at the DeYoung Pavilion, located directly across from the Silver Zone. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.
For more information, a complete list of activities and updates, visit and join our Healthiest Best Family Fun Day event page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1608947942709626.
Structural Chiropractic is holding a special event on Aug. 25 to help bring awareness and strategies around eating well.
The event is called “EAT – What You MUST KNOW to Look in the Mirror and Say ‘WOW!’” hosted by Structural Chiropractic, and will focus on debunking nutritional myths and providing specific strategies to dramatically improve this area of your life.
Dr. Brooks is a former Army Ranger with a new lease on life. He is now focused on providing structural chiropractic care to the community along with structural massage.
He treats structural shifts of the spine as a result of a car accident, fall, repetitive work injuries and even has a pediatric focus on correcting structural shifts that occur during the birthing process.
For more information about this event, and to register, please visit www.structuralchiro.net/Eat825.
Lung Association shares tips to build community of asthma advocates
Controlling even the most severe asthma is possible with the right treatment and management plan in place, as well as a trained support network. The responsibility for caring for a child with asthma shouldn’t fall on the family or child alone; that’s why the American Lung Association has developed free educational tools to help build a community of support for children with asthma.