Topic: Health & Wellness

Keeping Your Balance With Tai Ji Quan

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm, by

Stephanie Prima has a message for you…  Open Letter to Gen-X’ers, Baby Boomers & The Silent Generationals There is something subtle, almost unnoticeable, that happens to many people as we start to age. Even if we are walking daily and stay fairly active, we can still display this mark of aging. Like a sneaky invader,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Keep On Truckin’

Written on September 17, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

One of the most critical components of maintaining happiness and health as we get older is staying mobile and not falling down. Regarding that, I have some good news and I have some some bad news. The good news is that most healthy Americans can expect to live well into their 80s and beyond. The  Continue Reading

Self Care 1 with Katerina Wen

Written on September 16, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

Don’t we feel happiest when our bodies are flexible and our minds at ease? Did you know that prevention is far better (and cheaper) than cure? Designed for self-motivated people who enjoy living life to its fullest. Come to learn ways to take charge and optimize your wellbeing from the inside out! Date: Monday & Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm, October 1, 3,  Continue Reading

Hospice Training

Written on September 4, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers and paid caregivers on the first three Saturdays of October (the 6th, 13th and 20th). Over the three days they provide hands-on training and instruction on a wide variety of situations frequently encountered when providing care to homebound people: handling dementia-related behavior, meeting nutritional challenges,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: New Classes Starting This Fall at the Mullis Center

Written on September 2, 2018 at 10:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… Three new classes are being offered at the Mullis Center this fall: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance with Stephanie Prima starting Oct 4, Life Coaching with Sharon Hooper starting Oct 11, and Chair Yoga with Katerina Wen starting Oct 2.  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Offers Back-to-School Backpack Safety Tips

Written on August 31, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

It’s the time of year when kids gear up for the start of school, filling their backpacks with new textbooks and school supplies. But they may be carrying more than just educational materials with them. Backpacks can be the source of neck, shoulder and back strain. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in  Continue Reading

Community Survey

Written on August 31, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is now open! Please add your voice by completing the survey below. Thank you for your time and support! The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition. sjipc.org The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Survey is an anonymous annual statewide survey administered by all of  Continue Reading

A Letter of Thanks

Written on August 25, 2018 at 9:59 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to acknowledge all who supported the PADs Program with your presence, your interest, and your support during the San Juan County Fair.  You are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to the San Juan County Fair Event Team; to our training session volunteers  Continue Reading

Fight Fire with Fire

Written on August 16, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Notice any smoke in the air this summer? Yeah, how about last summer? Has it always been wildfire season in the summer or is this something new? Check out the video below for some answers…  

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

Written on August 14, 2018 at 12:19 pm, by

Air monitors in our region today are reporting ‘unhealthy’ levels of particulate matter in the air due to wildfire smoke, largely from fires burning in British Columbia. San Juan County Health & Community Services is advising the public to limit time spent outdoors and avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and  Continue Reading

Time for Another Flash Mob

Written on August 14, 2018 at 9:48 am, by

Okay, it’s no secret, we have another Flash Mob at the Fair by the Rock Solid Youth and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition! It will happen on Saturday during the Trashion Fashion Show on the Main Stage, at about 6pm. Watch the video above to learn the moves and then come groove with us.  Continue Reading

Strong to the Core Pilates

Written on August 14, 2018 at 9:18 am, by

You may already know this, but for those who don’t, there’s a new Pilates studio in town. Debbie Warren moved from New England to the island with her husband and grown daughter in February and has opened a studio on A Street. Her studio is called Strong to the Core Pilates and she provides private  Continue Reading

Island Rec- Self-Care Made Easy Part III

Written on August 8, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

For those of you who have taken Self Care Parts I & II with Katerina; continue your education! Explore how improving the inner health of your organs will greatly improve your outward appearance. Beauty is always generated from the inside out. Learn how to read the signs to diagnose problems, deficiencies or imbalances from your  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide

Written on August 6, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide: Help finding resources is now just a click away The Community Health Initiatives Consortium – a group of civic leaders from across the county – recently launched the San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide. This web-based directory provides a central source of social, health and community resources for  Continue Reading

Heritage Bank Food Drive

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Heritage Bank is doing a month-long food drive to end childhood hunger. Here they are with the details… We believe in building strong communities. 1 in 5 kids lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. That’s why, during the month of August, we are collecting donations of kid-friendly non-perishable food  Continue Reading

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Summer Lecture Series

Written on August 2, 2018 at 9:36 am, by

UPDATED – The SJ Update has just learned there will be another event here on San Juan Island as well. So – 2 events, One at the UW Labs on August 8, and one on Orcas in Eastsound on August 9th… This past March, Washington state successfully passed a law phasing out open-water Atlantic salmon  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 30, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… To the editor: For more than fifty years my home base was on Waldron Island where I beachcombed logs to build a house and where I raised a family. During that time I also spent several years commuting to Mt. Vernon and Friday Harbor to work in their  Continue Reading

Another Newborn Orca Dies

Written on July 27, 2018 at 9:33 am, by

Regrettably, approximately 75% of newborns in the recent two decades following designation of the Southern Resident killer whale (orca) population as “Endangered” have not survived, and 100% of the pregnancies in the past three years have failed to produce viable offspring. The following is some sad news from the Center for Whale Research… We are  Continue Reading

Sustainable Recyclable Compostable Fair

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:28 am, by

This story was written by Brad Fincher The San Juan County Fair is the largest community event of the year. Always in the third week of August, we consistently have over 20,000 visitors/locals/volunteers come to the fairgrounds over a four day period. With this many people, unfortunately a lot of garbage and waste is produced.  Continue Reading

Island Rec- Self-Care Made Easy Part III

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:20 am, by

For those of you who have taken Self Care Parts I & II with Katerina; continue your education! Explore how improving the inner health of your organs will greatly improve your outward appearance. Beauty is always generated from the inside out. Learn how to read the signs to diagnose problems, deficiencies or imbalances from your  Continue Reading

Mental Health First Aid

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Did you know that you are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack?  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.  Representatives from Consumer Voices are Born, (Diana Porter) and the Family Resource  Continue Reading

Locals Committed to Keeping Islanders Healthy

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter to the community from Julia Vouri… That San Juan County was recently declared the “healthiest county” in Washington State should come as no surprise to those who have benefited from the excellent health and social services here. And these services are continually improving thanks to a  Continue Reading

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