Topic: Health & Wellness

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

Market Bucks Program

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

  Funders Promote Locally Grown Foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks  Continue Reading

EMTs of the Month

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan EMS previously recognized one EMT each month as an “EMT of the month.”  The lieutenants who help mentor and manage our volunteers felt it was important to honor an EMT from each team that has been organized to help fill a 24/7 schedule.  There are three teams of about 11 EMTs that rotate  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Physiotherapy & Wellness

Written on June 11, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Friday Harbor Physiotherapy & Wellness, the island’s new manual therapy, personal training, and health coaching provider, is celebrating its inception with an open house on Saturday, June 16th from 11 am to 4 pm. It will be held at their natural movement gym and wellness studio at 156 Moonlight Drive off of Bailer Hill Road.  Continue Reading

Hands for Peacemaking

Written on May 28, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Dawn Alger requesting your support for her upcoming mission to Guatemala… Dear Friends and Family, Some of you may know that last August, Mark and I , along with a 6 person (small but mighty) team of family members and friends, went on a trip  Continue Reading

Produce Safety Rule

Written on May 28, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

What is the Produce Safety Rule and what does it mean for my farm? Join WSU Produce Safety Extension Specialist Faith Critzer to find out! You may have heard about a new federal regulation impacting produce farms that is focusing on food safety.  If you have questions, you’re not alone.  Come learn about the new  Continue Reading

Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts

Written on May 23, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Stay Active through the Summer! Moving Parts and Healthy Hearts is a fitness class aimed at meeting the needs of people with limited mobility due to age, illness or lifestyle. The class will be a full body workout that can be carried out standing or seated in a chair. Participation in this class will help  Continue Reading

Improvements to Local Spill Response Capacity

Written on May 22, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

As part of ongoing efforts to enhance local capacity to respond to oil and hazardous materials spills, three San Juan County organizations participated in the 2018 Washington State Department of Ecology Spill Response Grant Program. This program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to  Continue Reading

Stroke Survivor Webinar

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

PeaceHealth webinar: Five surprising lessons from stroke survivors This year alone, according to the American Stroke Association, nearly 800,000 people in the United States will experience a stroke. Knowing how to recognize the symptoms can make all the difference. To promote awareness during National Stroke Month, PeaceHealth is hosting a free online webinar called “Making  Continue Reading