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Sign up for the 14-day Green Up Challenge to improve your health.

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Each day you receive and email featuring one new green food. You will learn how each new veggie supports optimal health and explore them through delicious easy recipes. You receive a pre-challenge shopping list and a greens tracker work sheet where you can record how your digestion, energy and moods shift as you increase your intake of the green stuff. Simple. No worries if you cannot do it all during the 14 days. You will have the emails so you can explore them at any time.

Seasonal Thrive

Kate Towell's "Seasonal Thrive"

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Seasonal Thrive, by Kate Towell

Here in Seattle the last month has been beautiful. Even now as I write, I’m sitting on my deck, wearing sunglasses and gazing at the North Cascades. However, when Luna and I were on our morning walk I really began to notice the subtle changes signally the shift in season.  All the kiddos back at the bus stop, the cool crisp morning, leaves beginning to change in color and that certain scent that signals fall is in the air. September is a month of transition and a time for us to shift our diets and lifestyle to reflect the seasonal changes.

Play Local – Plan a Staycation

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’.

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation is a key piece of jargon these days. As you probably guessed, it’s a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation.' According to the Urban Dictionary a staycation is “a vacation, which involves staying where you are, or staying close to home, usually within a 100 mile radius.”

When you stage a small-scale local adventure you save money, support your local economy and eliminate the hassle and stress of long-distance travel. From hiking, kayaking or paddle-boarding at nearby parks to indulging in week long wellness experiences, a staycation — like any getaway — can be as active or leisurely as you desire. It just takes a little planning, an open-minded attitude and a sense of adventure.

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5k road race sponsored by Columbia Funding Mortgage was a success by every measure. There were over 1,400 runners at this year’s race through the Mill Creek Town Center, and over $25,000 was raised for charity. The blue skies and warm temperatures brought out a large crowd of spectators on Saturday, July 7th.

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald reports that Conner Martin, a 2009 Jackson High School graduate, competed in and finished the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon after recovering from his 2011 brain surgery.

The 2012 Ironman Couer d'Alene had over 2,500 competitors. Martin's time was 14 hours, 13 minutes, and 58 seconds which placed him 33rd in the male 18-24 division. There were 12 athletes in this division that didn't finish the race.

McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Drugstores help fight the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County

Twenty-one local drugstores have joined the fight to knock down the whooping cough epidemic in Snohomish County. The Snohomish Health District supplies the pharmacies with free vaccine from the Sanofi Pasteur AmeriCares patient assistance program for uninsured, low-income adults.

Since the beginning of June, the stores so far have administered nearly 450 doses of whooping cough vaccine to low-income or uninsured adults. Pharmacies charge $10 to $15 to give the shot – the vaccine itself is no cost to the client.

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