Topic: Health & Wellness

Public Hospital District to Explore Possible PP Contract

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm, by

The public hospital district board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to explore the possibility of contracting with Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services not offered by Peace Island Medical Center, at a possible cost of up to $50,000 a year. In the resolution Monica Harrington and Barbara Sharp were named as a subcommittee to talk with  Continue Reading

Letter from Bill Williams

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Public Hospital District Commissioner Bill Williams shares this letter… Earlier this week I forwarded a draft resolution to the commissioners of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1. If approved, the resolution would authorize the drafting of a contract with Mount Baker Planned Parenthood for sexual health and reproductive health services. The issue will  Continue Reading

Move into Mindfulness

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

Hello Islanders! Some of you know my face or name, some of you know me personally. Those who are familiar with my journey to health from cancer often comment on the amazing life transformation that I’ve achieved.  You’ve heard the saying ‘It’s hell getting old.” Well, I don’t buy into that, and you don’t have  Continue Reading

Letter from Michelle Loftus

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:25 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Michelle… SJPHD takes money from Charitable Fund to give to Planned Parenthood. San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioners have decided to amend the contract with Peace Health to remove money from the charitable fund used to help people in our community who can’t afford their  Continue Reading

Letter from Sandra Frinell

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:22 am, by

And Sandra has a comment as well… The hospital board should not give $50,000 to Planned Parenthood.  There are many more noble ways to help our community with those funds. Sandra Frinell

Be Prepared: Getting Ready for Emergencies

Written on February 17, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Last week during the snow I was snowed in, a predicament I generally delight in except that I quickly ran out of creamer and was kicking myself for not having a few cans of evaporated milk in the back of my cupboard. I had enough oatmeal and black-eyed peas to survive indefinitely but I would  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would significantly impact Washington State’s maritime economy, which is worth $30  Continue Reading

Growing Younger

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Growing Younger in The Third Age of Life Human age is of two types. Chronological age is the number of years since our birth. Biological age is a number which may be either higher or lower than this. To understand how to lower our biological age is the subject of a lecture, February 17th, 5:30  Continue Reading

Caregiver/Volunteer Training

Written on February 11, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Training for caregivers and new volunteers to be offered by Hospice of San Juan Caregivers help vulnerable people remain in their homes in the face of conditions that otherwise would obligate them to move off island or into a care facility. These caregivers range from those with formal training (nurses, nurses aides, health care aides)  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on February 10, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

Community Forum on Emergency Preparedness for Orcas Island Hosted by representatives from OPALCO, Orcas Fire & Rescue, San Juan County Emergency Management and San Juan County Sheriff Department, this community forum will share best practices and discuss individual and neighborhood planning to enhance our ability as islanders to ride out emergencies. Tuesday, February 21st Orcas Senior  Continue Reading

Island Neighbors

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has launched Island Neighbors, a volunteer based community outreach program. This program is designed to offer support and companionship to isolated seniors and persons with disabilities who are living independently but need extra help to sustain a healthier quality of life. Involvement with Island Neighbors can initiate meaningful  Continue Reading

Miracle Swimming for Susan

Written on February 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this afternoon we find this letter from Amy Wynn… For a mighty long time Susan Williamson has been the go-to person for teaching children how to swim. She’s coached youth through their sailing float tests, gently nudged reluctant youngsters into loving the water, encouraged our swim team kids, and reached out to bring swimming  Continue Reading

Pam Fry and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Pam Fry enjoys being a detective. She always loved mysteries since she was very young. Her natural curiosity for solving problems and finding their cause and resolution has been a lifetime occupation. It led her into the nursing field 40 years ago and also to a Japanese healing therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu. As a  Continue Reading

Earthquake Swarm near San Juan Island

Written on February 7, 2017 at 11:34 am, by

This is shared with you from The Town of Friday Harbor/San Juan County Department of Emergency Management… A swarm of eight small earthquakes happened near San Juan Island on January 29th & 30th. All of the quakes were located in San Juan Channel, roughly between Jones Island and Mineral Point on San Juan Island. The  Continue Reading

Stewardship Award Nominees Sought

Written on February 6, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Calling all tree huggers! Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award! Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been sponsored by the Stewardship Network of the  Continue Reading

Women’s Boxing for Fitness

Written on February 6, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

New Women’s Boxing for Fitness Classes at SJI Fitness BooBoo James and Shannon Miniken are excited to announce NEW boxing for fitness classes! FREE Intro to Boxing Class: Curious about boxing? Here’s a chance to try it out – FREE! March 8th, 5:30 pm to 6:30pm. This introductory class is designed for all ages. Try  Continue Reading

Lifeguard Course

Written on February 3, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Island Rec – American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course Registration is now open for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course offered by Island Rec and held at San Juan Island Fitness. If you need a renewal or are thinking about that summer job at the pool, now is the time to get signed up. Classes will  Continue Reading

Enjoying the Danish Art of Hygge

Written on February 2, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

It’s February now and as eager as we may be for spring, whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, we still have a bit of winter to get through. I’m not saying this to depress you but to introduce you to the Danish concept of hygge. Pronounced “hoo-guh” or “hooga” the term hygge has  Continue Reading

Emergency Services Drill at FHHS

Written on January 24, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

A comprehensive Emergency Services drill will be enacted at Friday Harbor High School on Saturday February 4, 2017, from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. This exercise is being developed through the cooperative efforts of the San Juan Island EMS, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, San Juan Island Fire and Rescue, Peace Island Medical Center,  Continue Reading

Islanders for Safe Shipping

Written on January 21, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Over 150 people came to San Juan County Park on MLK day to oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline project. If the pipeline is allowed as proceed as proposed it will increase the tanker shipping in Haro Straits from 5 tankers a month to 34 tankers and three barges per month. This increase in  Continue Reading

Stay Home if You’re Sick

Written on January 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services Urges Public Action to Prevent Spread of Influenza Flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, although we are not currently seeing the epidemic levels reported in other parts of Washington state.  San Juan County Health & Community Services urge flu vaccine as the first line  Continue Reading

Chair Yoga at the Mullis Center

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Peggy Sue McRae shares this story… On Friday I went to the chair yoga class at the Mullis Center. Chair yoga is a gentle alternative to getting-down-on-the-floor yoga. Whether you have physical limitations or would like to learn yoga that you can do at your desk, chair yoga offers yoga’s benefits without the strain. Teaching the class  Continue Reading