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Free flu vaccines available Tuesday

January 28th, 2013 by master

King County Public Health is offering free flu vaccines for people without insurance or who can’t afford to pay around the county, including tomorrow at the nearby North Public Health Center.

Vaccinations are available from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1051 Meridian Ave N. The county warns that the flu is likely to spread for many weeks, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated now. For more information, go to www.kingcounty.gov/health/flu.

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RN opens "patient advocate" business in NE Seattle

May 31st, 2012 by Mike

A registered nurse with 34 years of experience has opened a “patient advocate” business serving northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Debi Quirk’s new business, RN Patient Advocates of Puget Sound, is part of a national health business trend giving patients somebody “in their corner” when it comes to navigating the often complex world of doctors and hospitals. Here’s an NPR story on the trend.

Quirk, who lives in Bryant, says in an email:

“We will collaborate with your doctors on your behalf, and help you to understand what is happening. You will know what your best treatment options are. You will not have to navigate through this alone. We are knowledgeable in all modalities, conventional, functional and integrative medicine. We can ask those questions that you do not know how to ask, and explain the answers to you and your family. You will have us by your side along with the most current knowledge and research, including evidence for best practice.”

Quirk, who spent 20 years teaching future nurses at the university level, recently completed extensive training in patient advocacy through RN Patient Advocates and the University of Arizona.

For more information contact: info@rnpa-pugetsound.com

Disclosure: Quirk is an active volunteer with North East Seattle Together, a local senior non-profit. The author is on the board of NEST.

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RN opens “patient advocate” business in NE Seattle

May 31st, 2012 by Mike

A registered nurse with 34 years of experience has opened a “patient advocate” business serving northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Debi Quirk’s new business, RN Patient Advocates of Puget Sound, is part of a national health business trend giving patients somebody “in their corner” when it comes to navigating the often complex world of doctors and hospitals. Here’s an NPR story on the trend.

Quirk, who lives in Bryant, says in an email:

“We will collaborate with your doctors on your behalf, and help you to understand what is happening. You will know what your best treatment options are. You will not have to navigate through this alone. We are knowledgeable in all modalities, conventional, functional and integrative medicine. We can ask those questions that you do not know how to ask, and explain the answers to you and your family. You will have us by your side along with the most current knowledge and research, including evidence for best practice.”

Quirk, who spent 20 years teaching future nurses at the university level, recently completed extensive training in patient advocacy through RN Patient Advocates and the University of Arizona.

For more information contact: info@rnpa-pugetsound.com

Disclosure: Quirk is an active volunteer with North East Seattle Together, a local senior non-profit. The author is on the board of NEST.

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Expect helicopters (not black) overhead this week

July 10th, 2011 by Mike

“Why is there a helicopter flying low over my neighborhood?”

That’s the headline in a state Department of Health FAQ letting folks know that, starting Monday, a helicopter will buzz overheard.

But not far overhead. Only about 300 feet. That’s about the height of a 30-story building.

The chopper is measuring background radiation levels for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System. (Whew.)

The FAQ answers the obvious question:

This project isn’t related to the disaster in Japan. It began in September 2009, well before the earthquake in Fukushima. The helicopter flyover is part of a multi-phase project to improve our state readiness to respond to radiation emergencies.

This project is looking for radioactive material that exists in our environment. The survey isn’t focused on radioactive material from Japan. The amount of material from Japan was extremely low and will not be detected by equipment on the helicopter.

The helicopter’s equipment can detect the presence of radioactive materials that emit gamma radiation such as cesium and radioactive iodine. The baseline would be used in the event of a radiation emergency to compare radioactive contamination to the normal levels found during this study.

More information is available here. The flights start July 11 in the Seattle-Bellevue area and continue through July 28 in other areas of King and Pierce counties, according to Seattle/Local Heath Guide.

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Aging & Disability Services asks community input for new plan

March 24th, 2011 by master

King County’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS) wants community input for its new Area Plan on Aging, which will guide its work from 2012-2015.

ADS is a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, and works with King County and United Way to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, connect them with resources, and provide support to caregivers.

ADS wants residents of any age to complete an online questionnaire.

We especially encourage people who are age 60 or older, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers to respond.

Responses from this questionnaire will inform development of strategies to promote quality of life, independence and choice for older people and adults with disabilities, which will be carried out over the next four years.

Everybody is aging, so everybody should care.

For more information about the Area Plan on Aging, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706.

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A couple of healthy options for the New Year

December 30th, 2010 by master

After a month of gluttony, are you thinking about ways to start the New Year with health in mind?

If you’ve packed on a couple of extra pounds of insulation, you may as well put them to use at the Polar Bear Plunge, which takes place at noon Saturday, Jan. 1, at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Afterward, Seattle Parks and Recreation has yet another option: a six-week boot camp available either once or twice a week.

The classes begin at noon Tuesday and Thursday from Jan. 11 to Feb. 17, and are taught by a certified boot camp instructor who will cater to each individual’s own level. Boot camp meets at the Green Lake Park outdoor basketball courts or, if the weather is bad, in the gym.

Cost is $60 for the once-weekly option, and $120 if you want to attend classes both Tuesday and Thursday.

And here’s what to expect: [Read more →]

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Free yoga this week in Lake City

December 19th, 2010 by master

If you’re in need of some relaxation this week, Two Dog Yoga in Lake City at 12549 28th Ave. N.E. is holding its semiannual free yoga week starting Monday:

In gratitude to our regular Two Doggers, and with the hope of growing the pack, Two Dog offers a week of free classes twice a year. Come to as many classes as you want; bring your friends, neighbors and relatives along to share the doggie bounty. Free Week is a great way to get to know another teacher or check out a different practice. 

In addition to free classes from Dec. 20-24, Maple Leaf resident Gary Stroutsos will be perfoming at Two Dog Yoga’s Solstice Celebration & Concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

And here are this week’s free yoga classes: [Read more →]

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Got too much candy? Donate it to our troops

November 1st, 2010 by master

Did you see more costumed kids traipsing through Maple Leaf last night or was it just in my neck of the woods? For the first time, we ran out of candy after years of only getting visits from adjacent neighbors, which makes me wonder what all of our new visitors are going to do with their bounty of sweets.

MSN Money’s SmartSpending blog has a smart idea that will keep your kids from needing extra visits to the dentist and that will give America’s overseas troops a taste of home.

Dentists across the nation, including the nearby Greenlake Kids Dentistry at 6900 E. Green Lake Drive, Suite H, are taking part in the  Halloween Candy Buyback that will trade your kids $1 per pound of candy, which then will be shipped to troops through Operation Gratitude.

Think you can convince your child to donate some of their candy to our troops?

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Older, smaller 24 Hour Fitness to close its doors

October 11th, 2010 by master

The 24 Hour Fitness now open in Northgate at 11030 Eighth Ave. N.E. will be closing its doors Dec. 16, the day before the new 24 Hour Fitness opens at the 507 Northgate building at the corner of Northgate Way and Fifth Avenue Northeast, according to a letter sent to current members of the Northgate club.

We weren’t sure what its fate would be, but since the new location is a “Super Sport” club with an indoor lap pool, full-sized basketball court, kids club and more amenities that the current club lacks, the older gym’s closure is likely a welcome change for most members, especially since their membership will be transferred to the new gym at no cost.

Thanks to Rebecca with our neighboring Ravenna Blog for sending the letter our way.

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Mobile mammography coming to neighborhood Safeway

October 7th, 2010 by Mike

The mobile “MammoVan” for breast cancer screening is coming to the Safeway at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 75th Street next Monday, Oct. 11.

Sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the van offers all-digital mammography. The cost is covered by most insurance plans.

Can’t make that date? For a schedule of this month’s Safeway appearances, click here.

For a story about the MammoVan and its partnership with Safeway by our news partners The Seattle Times, click here. Here’s a piece of the story:

There are plenty of reasons why women don’t get mammograms: money, hassle, difficulty taking time away from work or family.

Safeway Chief Executive Steve Burd is hoping that his company’s investment in a state-of-the-art mobile digital mammography van will wipe out those excuses and increase early cancer detection. In the long run, he and other business leaders believe such preventive measures will help control health-care costs.

For a brochure about the program, click here. To make an appointment, call 206-288-7800.

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