You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” a lot lately. It’s a popular buzzword, particularly since the pandemic began. Here’s a primer of what it is, why it’s important, and why it’s particularly important now.
Here we go again, heading into the dark rainy winter months, and the pandemic is still with us. This holiday season is going to look different for many reasons, but we need to get through it together and also stay safe.
Lighthouses are the sentinels of the coastline, visible from miles away. They serve as points of reference for seafaring folks. And for those of us on land, they are highly desirable, photograph-worthy subjects and romanticized symbols.
National Preparedness Month (NPM) was recognized in September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As we have seen, 2020 has been unpredictable and shown all of us that preparedness and planning are vital.
As summer comes to an end and fall quickly approaches, many are concerned about the impending flu season – especially as we deal with COVID-19. Below are some questions I’ve received that might help you better understand the flu and how COVID-19 will impact the virus this season.
It's September already! Where did those lazy, hazy days of summer go? Grumbling about it won't do any good for yourself or your garden. So, let’s discuss what activities may elevate your mood and will definitely help your garden.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives, including how we vacation. All around the united states, the road trip is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. About 85% of Americans plan to take a road trip this summer, according to the Expedia 2020 Summer Travel Rep…
As food supply chains break down and we face a global hunger crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus, Washington state farmers, policymakers, and consumers are making changes that help feed the community and solve climate change at the same time.
Q: I planted four types of tomatoes this spring. They are growing nicely except for my ‘Early Girls.’ The bottoms of those are puckered and callused instead of smooth. Any idea what’s wrong with them?
Everyone needs a mini-vacation to escape the confines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month I planned a road trip to Central Oregon along the McKenzie River Highway 126 and up and over McKenzie Pass on Highway 242 ending in Sisters, Oregon. My goal was to get away and enjoy the journey!
Many people are feeling burned out, exhausted and overwhelmed. We are going on over four months since the world had to shut down due to the new coronavirus. Chronic stress can take a toll on adrenal health, the organs responsible for releasing stress hormones. You can think of cortisol and a…
Millions of people are still trying to navigate the "new normal" amid COVID-19. From adjusting to online schooling and working from home, many are trying to keep their routines intact to maintain a sense of normalcy. With this in mind, and as an active psychotherapist at Pacific Medical Cent…
The ‘Garden Guy’ is King County Master gardener, Bruce Bennett. That would be me. To let you know what you’re getting in the way of quality advice, here’s a bit of history. I have 20 years of experience as a WSU/King County Master Gardener. I am also a Washington Certified Professional Horti…
I asked my 84-year old grandmother if she was going to start composting again at her new house. She stared back at me as if I was speaking another language. You see, it wasn't that my grandma didn't know what composting was, she just didn't use that term.
Today, we are at a point where Washington legislators need to reexamine their financial practices and consider the consequences of their actions that have led some to consider establishing a state income tax.
We are all guilty of trying to please others. It begins as we are growing up, and then it gets carried into adulthood. As a child, this behavior does serve you well because you learn your parents' expectations of you. As you grow older, this behavior is best left behind.
It is that time of year again when the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, runny nose and sinus headaches begin. The flowers look so beautiful when they bloom but when your immune system’s white blood cells release histamine in response to the allergens, it can create a massive overload of symptoms…
Why is it so hard to change a habit? The reason is because these habits are like ingrained behaviors that you have been doing for a long period of time. Habits are the coping mechanisms you use when stressed, and the behaviors performed on a regular basis in response to daily life. Habits ca…
EvergreenHealth recently launched an initiative that, with community support, will strengthen and expand the health system’s Kirkland medical center to help meet the growing health care needs of the community. The initiative, “EverHealthy,” is part of the health system’s 10-year Master Facil…
The New Year is here, but why do many people still feel down and depressed in the winter season? The gray rainy weather can cause us to stay inside for longer periods of time, socialize less, and eat more. There are some ways to kick-start your brain and body into feeling more energetic and …
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July, the summer is flying right on by. This warm weather makes me think of wonderful, healthy meals using fresh ingredients so I’m focusing on that for this column.
Summer is upon us and it is a great time to enjoy all of the activities available to us in the Pacific Northwest. I encourage you to get outside and exercise to your full potential. It is always good to talk with a doctor to find out what kind of exercise is safe and healthy for your heart a…
Now that the warm weather has returned many of you may be jump starting your exercise routines. This may trigger aches and pains in your body. This can be mild, moderate or even severe pain in which the body remains in an activated state for months or even years without significant relief. H…
If you notice warning signs of suicide, simply ask, Are you thinking about hurting yourself? Parents may avoid asking this simple question for fear of putting the idea into their child’s head, but if someone is suicidal, the idea is already there and the person is usually relieved that someo…
The beginning of the school year is a good time to get children’s eyes checked. Children face unique eye health challenges, including injury, infection, reading difficulties and nearsightedness.
Just as a reduction in resistance training can make us weaker and fewer miles on the treadmill can reduce our cardiovascular fitness levels, maintaining good balance as you age requires a continued effort, says physical therapist Andy Lodato, MPT, of PhysioCare Physical Therapy in Woodinvill…
The holidays bring us together to share memories and good times with friends and family. Make sure, though, that you’re not also sharing illnesses like flu. Getting a flu shot is the best protection for everyone in the family and is widely available this season.
When a demanding holiday season leaves you twisted in knots from the stresses of commitments, crowds, shopping and entertaining, physical therapist Andy Lodato, MPT, has a suggestion: sweat away that stress by making exercise a part of your holiday routine.
Most people shopping for health insurance look at the monthly premium first, but there other factors to consider if you want to get the best cost and coverage deal.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment takes place every year, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.
Overscheduling. We are all guilty of that one way or another. Some of us rush around like a Chihuahua on speed, or a headless chicken with feet to spare. We are driven by jobs, by family, by expectations both met and unmet. We feel guilty if we slow down just an iota. Who has time to stop an…
Researchers from the Netherlands recently found that a combination of supervised strength and aerobic training during the early stages of breast cancer treatment reduces fatigue while helping patients increase muscle fitness.
Fall is here and the beautiful reds, golds and oranges of autumn are wonderful to see! People in your life who are color blind might not be as impressed, however. The most common form of color blindness causes confusion between red and green which means a reduced appreciation for the turning…
Flu season is just around the corner, and the sooner you get your flu shot, the better. It can take up to two weeks for immunization to become effective, and by that time we may already begin to experience flu outbreaks in our area.
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.
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.
The Salmonella outbreak linked to pork products has grown to 134 cases in 10 counties around the state. Consumers are advised to cook pork thoroughly.
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.
Swimming pools, beaches, lakes, and streams provide an opportunity to cool off during a summer that’s warmer than usual. Yet germs in the water can make people sick, especially young children, elderly people, and people with weak immune systems.
Epilepsy. What do you immediately think of? Your first thought probably isn’t that it takes as many lives as breast cancer. Nor is it that the number of Americans epilepsy affects is more than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy combined. However, t…
Summer sunshine is here…and is it bright! For summer, sun polarized lenses are the ticket. Polarized lenses selectively filter out glare from water or car bumpers. Boaters, bike riders, beach lovers and commuters benefit equally from this type of lens. Because they are not pitch-black, polar…
Washington ranked #11 for senior health this year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.
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