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Articles in "Health"

Ominous reminders of impending “old” age assail us from every direction. From bold headlines informing us that an average of 8,000 baby boomers are turning 65 each day (and for the next 18 years), to constant advice for staying healthy by eating right and exercising

In Washington State, certain vaccines are required prior to enrollment at any school or childcare, public or private. Washington State also provides three exemptions: medical, religious and personal/philosophical. House Bill (HB) 2009 seeks to eliminate the personal/philosophical exemption.

Our knowledge of brain development, aging and health has expanded based on the explosion of new research tools in neuroscience. Using his experience as a clinical neurologist and research scientist, Dr. O’Brien will summarize the changing understanding of lifestyle, genetics and their impact on brain health, as well as common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.

For our early fall event, Shape Up Vashon is offering guided walks, runs and a bike event from Sept 18-Oct 19.

On May 10th, we hosted a documentary film called The Greater Good. In the process of bringing this film to the island, we learned the following:

We live in a time-stressed culture. “Faster and better” are spoken so frequently as a pair that we’ve come to view them as synonyms. Faster might be nice for internet connections, but it causes problems when applied to human beings.

Shape up Vashon challenges the whole island community to team up to win Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards or Presidential Champion Awards. Make a team of 2 to 8 people of your family

Asthma is at record levels in the United States, near epidemic in some ethnic and income groups. And while experts are at a loss to name a cause, two things are agreed upon: asthma kills

For humans, the drive to learn is as powerful as the drive to eat. There’s a good reason for this. Eating and learning are both equally vital for our survival.

Vashon Youth & Family Services announces today that it is consolidating its Mental Health and Chemical Dependency treatment programs into a single Mental Health program.
 

Kathy Abascal’s recent article, Time to Quit Using Stevia, brought up some excellent points. That said, I’d like to encourage you to “consider” Stevia,

How was your sleep last night?  For many people sleep time is no longer teddy bears and being tucked in.  Sleep time challenges can begin to dominate lives.

Good people are people who do their best. There are a lot of good people on Vashon-Maury Island, and we are a diverse group. That’s why “respect for diversity” matters.

Pure science is a beautiful and complex dance of careful planning and unexpected discoveries. But things get truly convoluted when we throw in money, public agendas, politics, media, and liability law.  Here’s how.

Our goal this year has been to offer a non-polarizing conversation around public health.  Our strategy was to explore the issue from unusual angles.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with ‘incurable’ diabetes switching their diet and getting off insulin.

Cassava, yuca, mogo, manioc... however you choose to call it, you’ll get a nutty flavored, sweet, starchy tuber of Brazilian ancestry.

It’s time to tell my story. I’ve seen the vaccination rates for Vashon Island and read the articles and it alarms me. We have 17% of parents opting out of very necessary vaccinations.

There’s something about two clear options that humans find appealing. We write stories about good and evil with heroes to cheer for and villains to boo!

Fall is upon us. The school year has begun. Once again, we are subjected to a constant series of public health messages and editorials claiming that making an informed choice about your health care is immoral and selfish. If you want to be a good person, these sources claim, you must follow directions.

In the last article, we discussed the reality that there are powerful forces that set the "menu" from which individuals may then make choices.

Vashon Youth & Family Services Executive Director Kathleen Barry Johnson announced today the creation of the Behavioral Health Services division at VYFS to strengthen the provision of mental health and addiction recovery treatment for youth and adults.

Society is, by definition, a collaboration. Like all group environments, there is a give and take of rights, responsibilities, and choices. This is true whether we’re talking about a family, a town, a board,