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Mind your back(pack) during back-to-school

  • Written by PhysioCare Physical Therapy

From homework and tests to extra-curricular activities, students already shoulder plenty of weight during back-to-school time. Their backpacks should be the least of their worries, says physical therapist Andy Lodato, MPT, of PhysioCare Physical Therapy in Woodinville and Duvall.

Unfortunately, backpacks are often misused by both kids and teens.

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Clothes for Kids ready for back-to-school shopping

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Aramark laundered more than 750 gently-used coats for the Clothes For Kids School Wardrobe program. “This saves our resources and our volunteer time allowing us to focus on other needs as we prepare for back to school shopping,” said Nancy Laird Burris, program manager for Clothes For Kids.

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Parent involvement reduces the risk for teens in cars

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The bad news: Young, inexperienced teen drivers are involved in more serious crashes than other drivers. Many teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash at night, when using a cell phone or when carrying passengers.

The good news: Parents who insist their teen drivers follow the special conditions that come with a new license reduce the risk for their child. New tools are available that parents can use to make sure teens follow the law and drive safely.

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Parents: don’t let graduation dent your insurance; changes to coverage may be needed

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Graduation can be both exciting and scary as high-school seniors and parents move on to a new stage of their lives. Preparing for college, finding a job and a place to live are just a few of the tasks graduates will face this summer as they ready themselves for life after high school.

During this hectic period, families can easily overlook needed adjustments to insurance policies that cover their young adults.  

“Graduation is a time to celebrate achievement and a bright future for graduates,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “It’s definitely not the time to find out you don’t have enough coverage, or the right coverage, if an accident happens.”

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Kindergarten vaccination data show some children are at risk of disease

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Washington kindergarteners may be at increased risk of preventable diseases, according to data released by the state Department of Health.

New statewide data for the 2014-2015 school year show many kindergarteners don’t have documented vaccinations or vaccine exemptions. Although most students come to school vaccinated, the increased number of children lacking the proper documentation is a concern, especially in view of recent outbreaks of preventable diseases.

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