Topic: Health & Wellness

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


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

Island Senior: Hot Tips For Keeping Cool

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Now that hot summer weather has finally come to our neck of the woods we may rejoice but we also need to take care. High temperatures can be dangerous. The July issue of San Juan Island Senior Signal*, the Mullis Senior  Continue Reading

EMT’s of the Month

Written on July 12, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Island EMS would like to recognize our team responders for the month of July. Brad Creesy (Team Foxtrot), Steve Alluise (Team Bravo) and Humberto Orozco (Team Delta) are reliable, efficient and dedicated volunteers each having been with the agency 10+ years. Thank you gentlemen. We hope to continue to see your expertise and  Continue Reading

She Rocks Movement Camp

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

This summer Island Rec is offering a movement camp for girls ages 9-13, taught by Jen Horn at The Studio SJI. Jennifer is a BASI Certified Instructor, PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher, Certified Bootybarre Instructor, Indo-Row Certified Coach, BOSU Complete Certified Trainer, TRX/RIP Suspension Training Qualified Trainer, Certified Piloxing Instructor and Institute of Integrative Nutrition Certified Health  Continue Reading

How to Encourage Your Kids to Drink More Water Each Day

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The following is a guest post written by Amelia Johnson. See more about her at the end of the article… We all know the health benefits of drinking plenty of water daily (1). However, kids tend to have different thoughts about this. Most of them will only drink water after being reminded or under strict  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox Update

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:36 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Outbreak Update Eleven cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. None of the cases have been hospitalized. The best way to protect against varicella is to receive a vaccine according to current vaccination guidelines. Now is a good  Continue Reading

Fresh Bucks Program starts on July 1st on San Juan Island

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:20 am, by

Nourish to Flourish – Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1. The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic  Continue Reading

Dance Performance Benefitting Islander Cynthia Elliott

Written on June 28, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

Many islanders know Cynthia Elliott. Cynthia spent her days on San Juan Island volunteering with many local organizations. Building sets for San Juan Community Theatre, mentoring Spring Street School students, and sharing her music with Island Convalescent Center staff and patients are just a few of the ways she gave of her time and talent.  Continue Reading

Meet & Greet Author Cere Demuth

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Come celebrate the publication of “The Way We Stay: A Memoir of Recovery” by Cere Demuth Cere Demuth’s just-published book, The Way We Stay: A Memoir of Recovery, couldn’t be more timely. As untold numbers of Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, there is great need for help in the form of recovery stories.  Continue Reading

New Family Medicine Physician at PIMC

Written on June 26, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Ruth Fothergill, MD, has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. She provides clinical care to patients of all ages, as well as care to patients who are hospitalized. Dr. Fothergill comes to Friday Harbor from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she concurrently provided care for residents in five long-term care facilities  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox Update

Written on June 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Outbreak Update Six cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services is working closely with medical providers to identify additional cases in the community. We are also continuing work with the Orcas  Continue Reading

County Will Join National Opioid Lawsuit

Written on June 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

News outlets nationwide have described the problems arising from the epidemic in the use of opioids.  Whether it is the overuse of powerful addictive prescribed painkillers or the illegal use of a cheaper cousin, such as heroin, there is large human and governmental cost. “Families are ripped apart. There is a real cost to county  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Health Alert Three cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. Two of the cases were in children attending schools on Orcas Island. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Video Series Offers Hope For Treating Memory Loss

Written on June 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update, written by Peggy Sue McRae… On the second Monday of each month Senior Services of San Juan County presents the video series, Awakening From Alzheimer’s. The next two showings on July 9 and August 13 will be in the Mullis Center’s Craft Room at  Continue Reading