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Health Wellness


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Emergency Assistance ............................. 3 & 5 Abuse and Assault ........................................... 5 Adoption and Foster Care.............................. 5 AIDS and STDS.................................................. 5 Alcohol and Drug Abuse ................................ 5 Childcare and Preschools............................... 5 Children and Youth.......................................... 7 Clubs and Organizations................................ 7 Clubs for Youth ................................................. 7 Dental Resources ............................................. 7 Disabilities Assistance ..................................... 7 Education............................................................ 9 Employment Training ..................................... 9 Energy Services ................................................ 9 Financial Assistance ........................................ 9 Fitness Centers ................................................. 9 Food and Clothing Banks...................... 9 & 11 Free Community Meals ................................ 11 Health Care Assistance ................................. 11 Health Care - Public Health ......................... 11 Health Care - Prescription Assistance ....... 13 Housing ............................................................ 13 Homeless and Domestic Violence ..............13 Mental Health Resources ............................. 13 Parenting ......................................................... 15 Pregnancy.........................................................15 Senior Services ............................................... 15 Senior Centers ................................................ 15 Senior Assisted Living Facilities........ 15 & 16 Long-Term Care Facilities ............................. 16 Senior Apartments ........................................ 16 Support Groups.............................................. 16 Transportation ................................................ 16

HOTLINES AND IMPORTANT NUMBERS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Enumclaw Fire Department Enumclaw Police Department Black Diamond Fire Department Black Diamond Police Department Buckley Fire Department Buckley Police Department

911 or 360-825-5544 911 or 360-825-3505 911 or 360-886-1229 911 or 253-631-1012 911 or 360-829-1441 911 or 360-829-3157

St. Elizabeth Hospital


AIDS Hotline


Al-Anon and Alateen (24- Hour Helpline)


Alzheimer’s Association (24- Hour Helpline)


Mon-Fri, 11 AM- 4 PM English, Spanish, Other

Provides support group meetings for youth affected by alcohol addiction.

Children’s Protective Services (24-Hour report line) 800-422-7880 To report suspected incidents of Child Abuse. Communicable Disease (24-Hour recorded information) 206-296-4949 Information on head-lice, tic-borne illnesses, hepatitis, etc.

Crisis Clinic (24-Hour CRISIS LINE and intervention) 800-244-5767 Information and referrals for suicide and mental health. 206-461-3222 Crisis Clinic TEEN LINK Linez 206-461-4922 6 AM- 10 PM, 7 days/wk answered by teens Domestic Abuse Women’s Network


Domestic Violence Statewide Hotline Provides shelter information


King County 211 877-211-9274 mation/ General information and referrals for most human service needs. Pediatric Interim Care Center (24-Hour information) 253-852-5253 Information regarding the care of drug-affects infants. Planned Parenthood of Western WA


Poison Information Line (24-Hour confidential HOTLINE) 800-222-1222



Heritage House at Mountain View Point

Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living

• Cognitive Support • Assistance- Bathing/Dressing • Full Service Dining • Housekeeping, Personal Laundry • Medication Reminders & Management • Short Stay, or Respite Service • Mobility Assistance • Transportation

We focus on individualized care provided in a loving, comfortable environment. So, when living at home is no longer an option, come home to the Heritage House.

Memory Care

• Licensed Nurses • Dementia- Trained Caregivers • 3 Nutritious Meals Served Daily • Snacks Available 24 Hours • Circular Hallways • Unique Indoor and Outdoor Activity Stations


28833 Hwy 410 E, Buckley

360- 829-5292

Pictured: Peggy Jensen LPN, Administrator for Heritage House

Becker Medical Building 1427 Jefferson, Suite 101�Enumclaw, WA 98022


We offer: �Hearing Tests �Hearing Aid fitting & dispensing �Hearing Aid maintenance & repair �L & I accepted Dr. Nancy Becker Debbie Hake, Hearing Instrument Specialist


CenteringPregnancy Group Prenatal Care in Federal Way By CHI Franciscan Health Special to the Mirror If you’re planning for a baby in 2016, CHI Franciscan Health and Franciscan Women’s Health Associates introduces a new prenatal program that will allow you to share your pregnancy with other women who know exactly what you’re going through. CenteringPregnancy is a group-visit prenatal care program available to women in Federal Way and surrounding communities. CenteringPregnancy offers the three major components of prenatal care: health checks, education and support. Eight to 12 women with similar gestational ages meet for 10 sessions through pregnancy and early postpartum, learning care skills, participating in a facilitated discussion and developing a support network with other group members. At each session, a nurse along with the certified nurse midwife or obstetrician/gynecologist leading the group, will complete standard physical health assessments within the group space. Spouses and/or partners are also encouraged to attend. These 90-minute sessions are held in the evening and are typically covered by private health insurance or Medicaid. Through this unique model of care, women are empowered to choose health-promoting behaviors that support positive outcomes for pregnancies. Centering outcomes have resulted in increased birth weight, fewer preterm deliveries, lower postpartum depression rates and higher levels of patient satisfaction. C u r rently, several Centering Continued on page 6



Continued - Emergency Assistance United Way of Pierce County 800-572-4357 General information and referrals for food, shelter, etc. Washington State Telephone Assistance Program Washington State Veterans Homes

888-700-8880 877-838-7787

ABUSE AND ASSAULT RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)


Adult Protective Services (Child Help- National Child) 866-221-4909 Abuse Hotline (24-hour HOTLINE)


AIDS AND STDS Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586 Information for teens on AIDS and AIDS prevention Mon-Fri, 9AM- 5PM

AIDS/HIV Client Services Hotline


HIV/STD Information and Referral Line


King County Health Department & Family Planning S.T.D Clinic 206-477-0600 Lifelong AIDS Alliance



Children’s Response Center Sexual Assault 425-688-5130

Enumclaw Community Center Seniors Program 360-825-4741

Crisis Line (24-hour)


Domestic Awareness Women’s Network (24-hour CRISIS LINE)

Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586


Plateau Connections Recovery & Resource Center Substance abuse counseling. 360-625-0647

Domestic Violence Crisis Line (24- hour)


King County Sexual Assault Research Center


National Domestic Violence Crisis Line


Al- Anon/ Alateen


Provides support group meetings for youth affected by addicting personalities.

Alcohol & Drug Help Line Alcoholics Anonymous

(24 Hours) 206-722-3700 24-Hour Hotline 206-587-2838



Adoption Ministry of Youth with a Mission


Amara Parenting and Adoption Service

206-260-1700 800-239-9238

Children’s Home Society of Washington

206-695-3200 800-456-3339

King County Superior Court/ Family Court Services Open Adoption and Family Service


Enumclaw School District Early Childhood Education 360-802-7125 eceap_preschool_brochure.pdf Preschool for low-income families that qualify.

ACAP Child and Family Services 253-939-0870 Childcare center, special needs childcare. Auburn Black Diamond Community Center 360-886-1011 Before and after school childcare.

206-782-0442 800-772-1115

Child Care Resources Referral Line




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Titleist Performance Institute Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapy John Erickson PT, MS, Cert. MDT Spine Physical Therapy Pete Erickson PT, OCS., Cert. MDT Post Surgical Rehab Tracy Erickson MS, PT Sports Training Pediatric Physical Therapy Ryan Willis DPT Shoulder Rehab Total Joint Replacement Rehab 2014 Neck Pain Back Pain Core Strengthening Plantar Fasciitis Voted Best Physical Headaches Therapy on the Plateau! Tennis Elbow ACL Reconstruction Rehab Perform Better at… Performance PT On the Job Injuries Enumclaw Office Bonney Lake Office Balance Retraining (360) 802-6757 (253) 826-8520 Gym Programs 2726 Griffin Ave #C 21525 SR 410 E #B Fall Prevention Enumclaw, WA 98022 Bonney Lake, WA 98391 Concussion Management

Enumclaw Health

and Rehabilitation Center 100% Employee Owned

Bridging the gap between hospital & home. We specialize in short-term rehabilitation. Our physical therapists, occupational therapist and speech therapist can assist in the road to recovery. The goal of our therapy department is to maximize each resident’s rehabilitation potential by using all appropriate therapies to meet individual goals. Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation is conveniently located directly across from St. Elizabeth Hospital. We accept insurances, private pay, Medicare and Medicaid.


2323 Jensen Street Enumclaw, WA 98022

(360) 825-2541

groups are taking place at Franciscan Women’s Health Associates in Federal Way. Patients participating in this program would deliver just around the corner at St. Francis Hospital. Another goal of the Centering program is to increase the number of atrisk, underserved women who can be served by timely prenatal care, resulting in increased breastfeeding rates and providing a critical social support system. “We’ve had such a positive response to the CenteringPregnancy program that we have a growing demand for more groups,” said Jennifer Riffel, CNM, ARNP, director of midwifery for CHI Franciscan. Sessions in Federal Way take place at the Franciscan Women’s Health Associates clinic located at 34709 Ninth Ave. S., Suite B-500. Currently, there are five Centering groups underway with new groups opening each month. Current groups are being led by Jacqueline Scott, CNM, ARNP and Michelle Farber, CNM, ARNP. Franciscan Women’s Health Associates in Federal Way offers a full range of women’s health services. To learn more about the CenteringPregnancy program or to schedule an appointment with any of our providers, call 253-835-8800 or visit

Stuart Jones Physical Therapy MERITREHAB

Resa Bolton, MPT 2884 Griffin Ave. Suite A Enumclaw 360 825-6686 fax: 360 825-9851



CenteringPregnancy, from page 4





City of Enumclaw Parks, Recreation & Community Services 360-825-3594

Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586

Enumclaw Aquatic Center

4H Information


Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586

Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Campfire USA of South King County


4H Clubs of King County


Future Farmers of America


Black Diamond Community Center


Girl Scout Totem Council Information


Buckley Youth-Activity Center


Boy Scouts of America- Tacoma Council Office


Campfire USA of South King County



Group youth activities for school age children.

Girl Scouts (of South King County) 253-475-0307 Group youth activities for school-age children.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce


Rotary Club - Enumclaw Chapter


Enumclaw Plateau Historical Society


Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation


Arts Alive


Cascade Foothills Chorale

DENTAL RESOURCES Enumclaw Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation Dental Van 360-802-3206 Evergreen Healthcare- Hospital Medical Center


King County Kids- Children’s Oral Health Program 206-296-0100 Health.aspx#footer-nav Lindquist Dental Clinic


Sea-Mar Community Health Center


Seattle Donated Dental Services 206-441-8777


Eagles F.O.E/ Black Diamond


Eagles F.O.E/ Buckley


Gateway Concert Band


Kiwanis of Enumclaw


Lions Club/ American Heritage


Moose Lodge 360-825-4873

City of Enumclaw Parks, Recreation and Community Services


Community Services for the Blind & Partially Sighted 800-458-4888 Disability Resource Network


Lifetime Advocacy Plus


Assists people with disabilities in their pursuit of employment, financial benefits and recreation.

24-hour answering service or emergencies to enhance lives.

PAVE (Partnership for Action) 253-565-2266 Washington Talking Book & Braille Library




Healthy Smiles EVERYDAY

Fang Acupuncture Clinic

Our clinic provides treatments in a warm, homestyle, and healing atmosphere. The main objective is to relieve symptoms, strengthen the body functions and maintain good health. Want natural, energizing treatments? Call us!

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• Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. • Keep multipurpose type fire extinguishers charged and ready to use. Know how to operate them properly. • Designate two exits from each room. • Determine a safe meeting place outside where everyone can make sure all occupants are safely out of the structure. • Schedule regular fire drills.


• Make sure everyone knows how to escape from the house or building by crawling low in smoke. • If a fire breaks out, get out fast and call 911 from outside the building. • If clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames. Never run. • Never go back into a burning building for any reason.

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Frequently treated conditions include: addictions, allergies, arthritis, asthma, acute and chronic pain, back pain, blood pressure, bursitis, carpal tunnel, colds, insomnia, depression, detox, diabetes, digestion, flu, headaches, infertility, injuries, PMS, prostate and sinus. Also relieves stress and helps weight loss

Fire Safety Checklist for Home or Office.


9 Enumclaw Helping Hand Fund



Emergency financial assistance for utility bills and heating fuel.

Enumclaw Public Library (King County Library System) 360-825-2045 Enumclaw School District


Black Diamond Library (King County Library System) 360-886-1105 Buckley Library (Pierce County Library System)


Natural Gas or Electric Emergencies


Low income assistance in King County and Pierce County.

Puget Sound Energy


Samaritan Project (Plateau Outreach Ministries)


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Plateau Outreach Ministries


Green River Community College (Enumclaw Branch)


Mon-Thurs 9:30-12. Serving only Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond, Carbonado, Wilkeson, South Prairie, and Greenwater.

White River School District


Catholic Community Services Offers emergency assistance for rent and utilities.


Love INC (In the Name of Christ) Pierce County


Multi Service Center


EMPLOYMENT TRAINING Consejo Counseling & Referral 206-461-4880 Provides vocational rehabilitation services.

Emergency assistance for shelter, utilities, transitional housing and food.

Lazarus Day Center

Free Tax Preparations Sites


Food Card Class Online- Tacoma Pierce County Health Department



Green River Community College Enumclaw Campus Auburn Campus

253-288-3400 253-833-9111

Worker re-training helps unemployed individuals train for a new job or career.

Multi Service Center


Free employment assistance: interview skills, resume, cover letters, etc.

Acme Crossfit


Anytime Fitness 360-829-5156 Combat Sport & Fitness


Fitness Zone

360-829-6345 253-826-5500

State of Washington Vocational Rehabilitation


Prime Fitness

Job Corps


Enumclaw Aquatic Center 360-825-1188

National Job Corps- U.S. Dept. of Labor (24-hour line) 800-733-5627 Puget Sound Personnel, Inc. WorkSource Online Job Search

425-562-1231 Provides training and job placement.



Doxsa Crossfit


FOOD AND CLOTHING BANKS Enumclaw Clothing Bank

ENERGY SERVICES City of Enumclaw Utilities

CrossFit Enumclaw


Helping families who live within the Enumclaw School District. Tuesdays at JJ Smith 10am-6pm on school days.


Natural gas and water, sewage, garbage- low income utility discount

Enumclaw Kiwanis Food Bank 1350 Cole St. Enumclaw

360-825-6188 Food Pantry for Enumclaw School



1427 Jefferson, Suite 101 8804 Main Street East Enumclaw, WA 98022 Bonney Lake, WA 98391 360.825.4466 253.750.0747


We treat: We offer: �Allergies �Facial plastic surgery �Cancer of the head & neck We provide services for: �Chronic cough �Fine lines & wrinkles �Diseases of the ears & sinuses �Hair removal �Diseases of tonsils & adenoids �Facial rejuvenation �Hoarseness �CoolSculpting body contouring �Skin lesions �Sleep apnea & snoring

Molen Orthodontics has been creating beautiful

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Drs. Aaron, Bruce and Rick Molen and their talented Molen Orthodontics team work hard to create beautiful smiles for children, teenagers and adults. We feature a comfortable and caring environment with three talented orthodontists highly skilled in today’s most advanced orthodontic techniques, including Invisalign and Damon braces.

• Lifetime Retainer Guarantee - Free Replacements Forever! • Flexible monthly no-interest payment options available • Most insurances accepted

3 locations to serve you:

Auburn • Sumner (Bonney Lake) • Enumclaw

(253) 939-2552



Continued - Food & Clothing Banks More Pennies from Heaven 1749 Cole St. Enumclaw.


Plateau Outreach Ministries 1749 Cole St, Enumclaw.


Angel Food Ministry


Black Diamond Community Center 31605 3rd Ave, Hwy 169, Black Diamond.


Bonney Lake Food Bank


Low cost gently used clothing and household items. Tuesday-Saturday 10-4

Proof of address is required. Serves residents of Bonney Lake and greater area.

Bonney Lake Clothing Bank Seventh Day Adventist Church.

253-862-8620 11503 214th Ave S, Bonney Lake

Bread of Life Food Bank 14104 Prairie Ridge Drive E. (in Prairie Ridge)


Buckley Kiwanis Food Bank 253-266-7309 127 N. River Ave, Buckley. Serves residents of White River School district. Donald Loomis Memorial Clothing Bank


Helping families who live within the White River and Carbonado school districts. Located behind Glacier Middle School in Buckley. Wednesdays 1-3pm, 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10-12pm

Emmanuel Food Pantry St. Andrews Catholic Church. 1401 Valley Ave.


Lions 4 Kids House Clothing Bank


Multi Service Center 1200 S. 336th St., Federal Way


Sumner Food Bank 15625 Main St. E, Sumner

Food Pantry, baby cupboard, etc.

253-863-3793 Serves residents in zip codes 98390 & 98391

Sumner United Methodist Church Hot meal site 901 Wood Ave, Sumner.


WIC- Auburn Public Health Center- Buckley Center Offers nutrition and food assistance.


FREE COMMUNITY MEALS Full Bellies (Neighbors Feeding Neighbors) Calvary Presbyterian Church. 1725 Porter St, Enumclaw Every Thursday Night 5:30-6:30pm (Except last Thursday of the month)

Friday Night Dinners Nazarene Church. Corner of HWY 410 & Warner Ave, Enumclaw Every Friday 5:30-7:00pm

Simply Soup Dinner Enumclaw Senior/Community Center. 1350 Cole St, Enumclaw Every last Thursday of each month 5:30-7pm Buckley Soup Dinner Buckley Multi-Purpose/Senior Center. 811 Main St, Buckley. 2nd Wednesday of each month 5:00pm Black Diamond Wednesday Dinner High Road Community Church. 25610 Lawson St, Black Diamond. Every Wednesday 5-7pm

HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE Autism Society of Washington 360-515-8910 or 888-279-4968 Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center The center for children with special needs. 206-987-2000 Christ Community Free Clinic Free urgent medical care.


St. Elizabeth Hospital


Offers community health education services, including CPR/First Aid classes, immunization clinics, parenting and support groups.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association


Immunization Sites


Juvenile Diabetes Resource Foundation


Multiple Sclerosis National Society Greater Washington


National Women’s Health Information Center


Planned Parenthood of Western Washington


Poison Center- Washington


HEALTH CARE - PUBLIC HEALTH Children with Special Needs Program Seattle and King County


Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) 800-562-6900 Washington State Department of Health




Staying fit and healthy in 2016 By CHI Franciscan Health

Special to the Federal Way Mirror and The Courier Herald

Each year, one of the top New Year’s resolutions for many people is “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get into better shape.” 2016 is no exception. Last year, a Nielsen survey reported that 37 percent of respondents listed “stay fit and healthy” as their resolution for the New Year and 32 percent hope to “lose weight.” For many of us obtaining these goals may be as simple as modifying our diet or exercising more. For others, achieving this goal is much more difficult. For some, the answer to making a lifestyle change is weight-loss surgery. That was the case with 28 year-old Amanda Emerson of Federal Way. Emerson had been very active and an athlete in high school, but has battled being overweight for many years since then. Emerson tried dieting, but it just didn’t seem to work for her. “I would lose the weight and then once I was off the diet I would gain the weight right back,” Emerson recalled. Emerson wasn’t suffering from any major health issues, other than being overweight. But, she knew eventually her weight could become a health concern. “I realized if I didn’t do something about my weight, it could become an issue,” she said. So in June 2014, Emerson had weight-loss surgery at the Franciscan Center for Weight Management in Federal Way performed by Haroon P. Anwar, MD. Today, she has gone from 340 pounds to around 210 pounds — a loss of 130 pounds. Now, Emerson has run a few 5Ks and has more energy to play with her boyfriend’s two children. For her,

Amanda Emerson, before.

having weight-loss surgery has changed her life. But, she understands people may be reluctant to have the procedure. “It look me six years to decide to have weight-loss surgery,” Amanda acknowledged. “I understand people are scared. I ask them, where do you see yourself in five years? Think about what’s best for you and how having this procedure can better your life. It has certainly improved mine.” If you are considering weight-loss surgery, here are a few factors to think about regarding your current health: • Are you 18 or older? • Are you more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight? • Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 40? • Do you have a BMI more than 35 and suffer from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea? • Have you tried other medical and nutritional weight-loss programs without long-term success? • Are you unable to sustain a healthy weight, even with medically supervised attempts at weight loss? If you can answer yes to most of these questions, weight-loss surgery might be the right choice for you. Having weight-loss surgery is only the beginning of your journey. Additional information For more information about The Franciscan Center for Weigh Management’s weight-loss programs, visit or call at 253-944-2080.

Amanda Emerson, after



HEALTH CARE - PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE Samaritan Project of Plateau Outreach


Community Health Care 253-597-4550 Partnership for Prescription Assistance


Creating housing justice through grassroots and more.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair housing enforcement center. 206-220-5101


Individual youth & family counseling, case management.


ARC of King County


Assists parents or persons with developmental disabilities.

Centralized intake referral system for families or individuals at risk.

Enumclaw Community Center Seniors Program 360-825-4741 Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586 Exodus Housing


Helping Hand House


Housing Repair Programs


Homeless prevention, emergency housing, transitional housing, etc.

HOMELESS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Associated Ministries Housing & Shelter Services


Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586

HOUSING Access Point 4 Housing

Tenants Union of Washington State


Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center 206-987-2000 Church Council of Greater Seattle- Mental Health Ministry Provides free mental health counseling and assessment. 206-525-1218 Crisis Clinic- Hospital Authorization


24-Hour Crisis Line


Teen Link Help Line


Authorizes payment for adults and children needing voluntary and involuntary hospitalization.

Help line for teens, staffed by professionally trained teen volunteers.

Evergreen Healthcare Mental Health Crisis and In-Home Programs 425-899-6300 Girls and Boys Town National Hotline


Institute for Family Development


Catholic Community Housing Network 206-328-5696

Crisis intervention providing in-home intervention to help families resolve crisis.

YMCA Domestic Violence Shelter


Crystal Judson Family Justice Center


Obsessive Compulsive Foundation 617-972-5801 Research, education and OCD treatment.

King County Department of Community King County Housing Stability Project



Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation



Rainer Foothills Wellness Foundation



St. Vincent de Paul. Provides rental assistance of Sumner, Bonney Lake ;

Senior Home Repair


Postpartum Support International- Washington

Resources and support for those King County residents with low to moderate income, facing eviction of foreclosure.

Rental Assistance

King County Crisis and Commitment


Mental /Health Task Force

Senior Services


Veteran’s Crisis Line


Provide services for mentally ill older adults living in nursing homes.



Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery now an option for various conditions


Jil Johnson, DO | Guest Column

Pictured: Kathy Conzelman, PTA; Suzanne Lewis, P.T.; Carol Garcia, Office; Katey Lent. P.T.

We specialize in Physical Therapy for seniors and treatment of vertigo and movement disorders. Becker Medical Building 1427 Jefferson Ave., Suite B-1 Enumclaw, WA 98022 360-802-0244

Cascade Place Offers Seniors A Place to Thrive. You’ll have the freedom to enjoy your day in the comfort of a warm, friendly community that offers: • Three meals chef prepared daily • Housekeeping and laundry • Personalized care and on-site care staff available 24 hours a day Schedule your personal tour today! Call us at 360-802-0177.

Senior Living

2000 Mountain View Drive Enumclaw, WA 98022 360 - 802 - 0177


Cascade Place

As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have an appreciation for health care needs unique to my patients. I love that medical advances over the last five to 10 years have allowed me to help many women benefit from having access to an array of treatment choices, especially related to gynecologic surgery. Many women consider gynecologic surgery for various conditions, such as abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids or endometriosis. In the past, these surgeries were often done through large abdominal incisions requiring long hospitalizations and extended recovery time. In addition, they were sometimes accompanied by more scar tissue and increased risks of bleeding and infection. Thankfully, as with much of modern medicine, an array of minimally invasive surgery techniques now exist to provide women with more choice, convenience and benefits, depending on individual need and interest. These approaches are usually associated with less pain, quicker recovery, and lower risks of Dr. Jil Johnson works the controls infection and bleeding. of the da Vinci robotic-assisted Women in need of gynecologic surgery can surgical system, which she uses benefit from a number of minimally invasive surgery for some of her minimally invasive gynecologic cases. Courtesy of procedures, including: • Endometrial ablation: This procedure ab- Virginia Mason Health System lates (destroys) the uterine lining or endometrium, which is shed each month during menstruation. It is usually used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding when medications have failed. It can also be used to treat small fibroids inside the uterus. The procedure does not require making an incision. Depending on the method chosen for the ablation, slender tools are inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. Some methods of endometrial ablation use extreme cold, while others involve heated fluids, microwave energy, lasers or high-energy radiofrequencies to destroy the uterine lining. It can often be done using a local or spinal anesthetic. • Hysteroscopy: Hysteroscopy is a procedure for looking inside the cervix and uterus. The hysteroscope is a thin, lighted tube inserted through the vagina that can diagnose and treat uterine conditions. Other instruments can be inserted through the tube to perform minimally invasive surgery procedures. Hysteroscopy can also be used with other procedures, such as laparoscopy, in which an endoscope (a medical device with a light attached used to look inside the body) is inserted in the abdomen to view the outside of the uterus, ovaries or Fallopian tubes. • Laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis or pelvic pain: Laparoscopy is the most common procedure used to diagnose and remove mild to moderate endometriosis, a disorder where tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the reproductive organ. Instead of making a large abdominal incision, the surgeon inserts a lighted viewing instrument, called a laparoscope, through a small incision. If the surgeon needs better access, they make one or two more small incisions for inserting other slender surgical tools. • Laparoscopic removal of ovarian cysts or ovaries: While a woman’s health history, symptoms, examination and ultrasound images can provide a lot of informaContinued on page 17




Alzheimer’s Association of Western Washington 800-848-7097

Enumclaw Youth & Family Services 360-825-4586

Aging & Disability


Choice Housing & Care Advisors




Simple Medical


Parenting class referrals. On site counseling to youth, individuals and families.

Birth to Three Development Center


Catholic Community Services


Center for Human Services Info Line


Senior Information and Assistance


Child Reach


Resources Referral for Seniors


Divorce Helpline


DSHS Office of Support Enforcement Seattle Office


Residential Care Services Complaint Resolution Unit 800-562-6078

Government enforced child support.


Maternity Support Services- Public Health



Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians & Gays


Washington State Family Helpline


Enumclaw Community and Senior Center 360-825-4741

Relatives Raising Children (Hope Sparks)


WIC (Women, Infants, Children)


Parenting Classes

Immunizations and Family Planning, by appointment

Veteran’s Administration


Volunteer Chore Service


Hot lunch program, Meals on wheels, senior van service.

Bonney Lake Senior Center 253-863-7658 ty_resources/senior_center.shtml Lunch program served Monday-Friday.

Buckley Senior Center



Hot lunch program, senior van service, recreational programs, etc.

Catholic Community Services 253-840-9743 Pregnancy Support Services


Sumner Senior Center


Confidential counseling to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy.

Lunch and meals on wheels program.

Maternity Support Services and W.I.C. Enumclaw 206-265-0878 Buckley 360-829-0624


New Hope Maternity Home


Pregnancy Aid of Auburn


Seattle King County of Dept of Public Health


Housing for pregnant women unable to live at home.



Adult Protective Services


Accepts and investigates cases of suspected abuse.

Enumclaw Cascade House 360-802-0177 Expressions at Enumclaw


High Point Village Enumclaw


Living Court Assisted Living Apartments Enumclaw 360-825-0280 Cedar Ridge




Continued - Senior Assisted Living Facilities

MDC (Making a Difference in Community)


Foothills Adult Family Home


Calvary Community Church


Franklin House


Freedom Recovery Center


Heritage House at Mountain View


Narcotics Anonymous


Overeaters Anonymous


The Center for Substance Abuse Recovery


Y.W.C.A Domestic Violence Support Group


LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES Enumclaw Healthcare Rehabilitation Center


Canterbury House


Substance abuse outpatient care.


SENIOR APARTMENTS Emerald Court Apartments 1600 Garfield, Enumclaw


Care Van- Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation 360-284-2444 Monday-Friday 9AM-2PM. Based on donations. For health related services.

Golden Elms 1323 Battersby Ave, Enumclaw


Enumclaw Senior Center Van Service For City of Enumclaw residents only.


Rainier View Apartments 2649 Warner West, Enumclaw


Metro ACCESS Transportation Service


Metro’s Rider Information Office


Sounder Commuter Rail


SUPPORT GROUPS Caregiver Support Group


Enumclaw Youth & Family Services


Volunteer Transportation for Seniors Medical appointments outside of Enumclaw.


Alcohol & Drug Helpline


Public Transportation


Profiles are listed alphabetically by speciality and then by professional’s last name. Please note the color coding which indicates the region the professional works in.


Acupuncture Carrie Fang, EAMP, Dipl, AC Fang Acupuncture Clinic 1737 Wells St. Enumclaw, WA 98022

(360) 825-7549

Education: Northwest Institute of Acupuncture &

Oriental Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medical College of Guangzhou, China. Association Memberships: WEAMA, National Commission of Certified Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Board Certifications: NCCAOM Insurance Accepted: All major insurances accepted. Special Services: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, Tui Na, Food Therapy


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tion, sometimes the only way to know for sure if a cyst is benign is to remove it surgically. In general, an ovary can almost always be saved if the cyst is benign and not too large. In young women, the ovary can almost always be preserved. If a woman is peri-menopausal or menopausal, it usually makes more sense to remove the entire ovary, especially if there is a concern that the cyst might be cancerous. Even large ovarian cysts or ovaries can be removed laparoscopically, avoiding the recovery associated with major surgery. For more information about minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, visit: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide: Robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery: Virginia Mason:

Dentistry Dr. Carla Yamashiro, DDS, NMD, IBDM Ecologic Dentistry

1110 Stevenson Ave. Ste. 206 Enumclaw, WA 98022

(253) 307-9851

1702 Cole St. Enumclaw

(253) 447-7921

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Kaylee McDonald, ND Pure 02 Healing Rainier Natural Health Clinic

(360) 625-8315

(253) 863-7005

909 Main St. Sumner

Education: University of Missouri - Kansas City,

Education: Herbalist Certification, Tacoma Community

American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Association Memberships: IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). Special Services: Integrative biological dental medicine, holistic dentistry, safer mercury removal & bpa-free restorations, mercury detox, herbal & homeopathic remedies, energy medicine, ozone treatment, single-visit ceramic crowns, zero radiation cavity detector.

1535950 Education: California School of Professional Psychology Insurance Accepted: Most insurances accepted. Special Services: Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Cognitive-behavioral, existential and spiritual orientation. General clinical practice including following areas of treatment: Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD, family of origin issues, self care and life transitions, anger management and communication difficulties. Social skills training/process groups for individuals with socialization challenges also provided.

Jubilee Naturals

8412 Myers Rd E. Ste. 301 Bonney Lake, WA 98391

College, Holistic Health Practitioner, Global College of Natural Medicine and over 25 years experience in the natural health field. Association Memberships: American Herbalist Guild, Northwest Natural Products Association. Special Services: Health and Nutritional Assessments, Speciality Supplements and whole foods to support your wellness goals. 1524692

Located in the Petersen Building

Optometry Mark Seaburg, O.D.

Naturopathic Medicine Kaylee McDonald, ND Rainier Natural Health Clinic

Enumclaw Vision Clinic

700 Main St. Buckley, WA 98321

700 Main St. Buckley, WA 98321

(360) 397-0263

(360) 829-1838

(360) 825-1614 Education: Pacific University at Forest Grove, Oregon Association Memberships: AOA, WOA Board Certifications: Optometry. Insurance Accepted: Most insurance companies. Special Services: Contact lenses, frames & lenses,

glaucoma & macular degeneration testing, after cataract surgery care.


Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Phys. Board Certifications: Naturopathic Doctor. Insurance Accepted: Primary Care Provider with most insurance companies. Call for info or with specific questions. Special Services: Family practice, women’s health, pediatrics. Special focus on MS, Lifetime Weight Management, Allergy Elimination Technique, herbal treatments, nutritional support, wellness care.

2823 Griffin Ave. Enumclaw, WA 98022


Naturopathic Physicians, Washington Association of Naturopathic Phys. Board Certifications: Naturopathic Doctor. Insurance Accepted: Insurance Approved Conditions and PIP Special Services: Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Education: Bastyr University Association Memberships: American Association of


Education: Bastyr University Association Memberships: American Association of

Holistic Health Kim Ode, HHP, Certified Herbalist


Counseling Nancy Block-Olexick, Ph. D.



Orthodontics Bruce Molen, DDS Located at: Molen Orthodontics

Education: Loma Linda Dental School, UCLA Orthodontic Residency Association Memberships: Faculty Member at UCLA Section of

1771 Farrelly St., Enumclaw (360) 825-6578 16202 64th St. E. Suite 103, Sumner (253) 863-0978 1110 Harvey Rd., Auburn (253) 939-2552

1771 Farrelly St., Enumclaw (360) 825-6578 16202 64th St. E. Suite 103, Sumner (253) 863-0978 1110 Harvey Rd., Auburn (253) 939-2552

Education: UCLA School of Dentistry, University of Washington Orthodontic Residency

Orthodontics, Technology Editorial Board for American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Member of American Association of Orthodontics Committee on Technology, International Association of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, The Progressive Orthodontist, Orthodontic Masters Group, Schulman Study Group, Pitts Progressive Study Club, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Washington State Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists

Club International, Roncone Study Club, Pitts Progressive Study Club, American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Washington State Society of Orthodontists

in 6 months, Invisalign treatment with impression-free dental scans, Invisalign Teen, High-tech Damon braces, Comprehensive aesthetic and functional orthodontic treatment, Complex orthodontic-restorative cases, Free removable clear retainers for life with treatment, Flexible interest-free financing options

ment in 6 months, Invisalign treatment with impression-free dental scans, Invisalign Teen, High-tech Damon braces, Comprehensive aesthetic and functional orthodontic treatment, Complex orthodontic-restorative cases, Free removable clear retainers for life with treatment, Flexible interest-free financing options

Otolaryngology Nancy A. Becker, D.O.

Physical Therapy Resa Bolton, M.P.T.

Insurance Accepted: Most major insurances Special Services: Accelerated treatment options for aesthetic align-

(360) 825-4466

(253) 862-2575 Education: University of Puget Sound Board Certifications: Certified Hand Therapist (HTCC);

Education: Stanford University, College of Osteopathic

Education: Eastern Washington University Physical

Association Memberships: AMA, AOA, WOMA,

Insurance Accepted: All insurances accepted Special Services: We welcome: pre and post orthopedic

Therapy School


operative rehab; pre and post total joint replacements; post spine surgery rehab; L & I or work related injuries; sports injuries and return to sport rehab; MVA injuries; neck and back injuries, posture and body mechanics training; balance/gait difficulties.


Medicine of the Pacific.

Bonney Lake Physical Therapy & Hand Rehab PLLC.

20910 SR 410 E Bonney Lake, WA 98391

(253) 862-2575

Performance Physical Therapy

Performance Physical Therapy

21525 Hwy 410 Ste. B Bonney Lake, WA 98391

2726 Griffin Ave Ste. C Enumclaw, WA 98022

(360) 802-6757

(253) 826-8520

Education: University of Texas, Galveston, TX Association Memberships: American Physical Therapy Assoc.; Washington State Physical Therapy Assoc.

Insurance Accepted: Most medical insurances accepted


including Workers Comp., Medicare, Medicaid and Auto Insurance Special Services: Work/sports/auto injuries; post surgical orthopedic rehabilitation. Education: Texas Women’s University Association Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association, WA State PT Assoct. Board Certifications: Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT). Insurance Accepted: All. Special Services: Orthopedic, spine, sports, postsurgical, Motor Vehicle Accidents. Education: Idaho State University Association Memberships: American Physical Therapy


Certified Occupational Therapist (NBCOT) Association Memberships: American Society of Hand Therapists, American Occupational Therapy Assoc., WA Occupational Therapy Assoc. Insurance Accepted: Most medical insurances accepted including workman’s comp./L & I, Medicare, Medicaid and Auto Insurance Special Services: Comprehensive rehabilitation of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand), including preventative management, custom orthotics, wound care, and post surgical rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy Pete Erickson, PT, OCS, Cert MDT

Physical Therapy John Erickson, PT, MS, Cert. MDT

Physical Therapy Michael Egbert, P.T.

ment in 6 months, Invisalign treatment with impression-free dental scans, Invisalign Teen, High-tech Damon braces, Comprehensive aesthetic and functional orthodontic treatment, Complex orthodontic-restorative cases, Free removable clear retainers for life with treatment, Flexible interest-free financing options

20910 SR 410 E Bonney Lake, WA 98391

(360) 825-6686

Insurance Accepted: Most major insurances Special Services: Accelerated treatment options for aesthetic align-

Physical Therapy & Hand Rehab PLLC.

2884 Griffin Ave, Suite A Enumclaw, WA 98022

1427 Jefferson St., Enumclaw 8804 Main Street E., Bonney Lake

Orthodontic Masters Group, Schulman Study Group, Roncone Study Club, Pitts Progressive Study Club, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, Washington State Society of Orthodontists

Physical Therapy Brandy Campbell, OTR/L., CHT

Stuart Jones Physical Therapy/Merit Rehab

Ear, Nose, Throat, Facial Plastic Surgery & Allergy of Western Washington

AAOA, AAOO - Head & Neck Surgery, AOCOO - Head & Neck Surgery, NWAO, King County Medical Society, Pierce County Medical Society. Board Certifications: American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology for Ears, Nose, Throat, Facial Plastic Surgery, Fellowship trained in Allergy. Insurance Accepted: Most insurances accepted. Special Services: Ears, nose and throat, allergy therapy, facial plastic surgery, hearing center, cosmetic center.



Insurance Accepted: Most major insurances Special Services: Accelerated treatment options for aesthetic alignment

Association Memberships: Schulman Study Group, Roth Study

Education: Loma Linda Dental School, UCLA Orthodontic Residency Association Memberships: The Progressive Orthodontist,


1771 Farrelly St., Enumclaw (360) 825-6578 16202 64th St. E. Suite 103, Sumner (253) 863-0978 1110 Harvey Rd., Auburn (253) 939-2552

Located at: Molen Orthodontics


Located at: Molen Orthodontics

Orthodontics Richard Molen, DDS

Association, WA State PT Assoc. Board Certifications: Orthopedic Physical Therapy, McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and treatment of the spine, Titleist Performance Institute Certified-Golf strength/ fitness and rehab. Insurance Accepted: All insurances. Special Services: Orthopedic, sports PT, post surgical, spine, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Running injuries, Comprehensive Foot and Ankle treatment.


Orthodontics Aaron Molen, DDS, MS



Physical Therapy Suzanne Lewis

Located at

Located at

Physical Therapy Ryan Willis, DPT

Plateau Rehab Physical Therapy 1427 Jefferson Ave., Suite B-1 Enumclaw, WA 98022

Plateau Rehab Physical Therapy 1427 Jefferson Ave., Suite B-1 Enumclaw, WA 98022 Education: University of Texas Medical Branch Association Memberships: Vestibular Disorder Association, American Physical Therapy Association Board Certifications: Vestibular Rehab Competency Certificate, Emory University Insurance Accepted: All major insurance accepted including Medicare Special Services: Vestibular Rehab, Balance Restraining, Neurological Disorders Education: University of Texas Medical Branch Insurance Accepted: All major insurance accepted including Medicare Special Services: Orthopaedic Rehab, Senior Fall Prevention

21525 Hwy 410, Ste. B Bonney Lake, WA 98391


(360) 802-0244


(360) 802-0244

Performance Physical Therapy (253) 826-8520

Education: University of Utah Association Memberships: American Physical

Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section, WA State PT Association, APTA Sports Section. Insurance Accepted: All Special Services: Sports Physical Therapy, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Balance Training, Post Surgical Rehab, Spine, Concussion Management, Fall Prevention.


Physical Therapy Katey Lent

Podiatry Melissa S. Hong, DPM., PS Bonney Lake Foot & Ankle Clinic 18310 Hwy 410 E Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Ten warning signs to keep in mind

(253) 891-1608

It’s quite normal to forget information, lose things, forget words, or have mood swings. However, the frequency or intensity of these signs can indicate the presence of a cognitive problem or a neurodegenerative illness, such as Alzheimer’s. Be sure to consult a health professional if you have replied in the affirmative to some of these questions. 1524691 Education: California College of Podiatric Medicine Association Memberships: American Podiatric Medical Association, Washington State Podiatric Medical Association. Board Certifications: American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Insurance Accepted: Most insurance accepted. Special Services: Orthotics, Diabetic Foot Care, Foot Surgery, Sports Injuries, Nail Problems, Laser Therapy.

Do you suspect that someone close to you is developing Alzheimer’s or perhaps you’re worried that you have it yourself? Why not take the opportunity to find out more about this illness that currently affects about 5 million Americans. Here are 10 possible indicators of Alzheimer’s, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association.

5. Poor or decreased judgment Do you have lapses in good judgment, such as wearing heavy clothing on a hot day or denying well-established facts? 6. Problems with abstract thinking. Do you have difficulty balancing a check book or understanding what the numbers in the check book mean?

1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function. Do you often forget appointments, neighbors’ names, or the phone numbers of friends and family members? Do you have difficulty remembering recently acquired information?

7. Misplacing things. Do you put things in inappropriate places?

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks Do you have difficulty completing tasks that have been familiar to you all your life, such as preparing a meal or playing a card game?

9. Changes in personality. Do you suddenly become confused, suspicious, withdrawn, or fearful?

3. Problems with language. Do you forget easy words or confuse them with other words? Do people have difficulty understanding what you say? 4. Disorientation of time and place. Have you ever been lost on your own street and realized that you don’t know how you got there or how to get home?

8. Changes in mood and behavior. Do you exhibit sudden mood swings for no apparent reason?

10. Loss of interest. Do you often feel apathetic and passive? Do you need lots of encouragement to become involved? For more information on Alzheimer’s, visit


Stay safe in the sun all year long by Dr. Molly Chan | Skin Health

If the weather in June and July were any indication of what Puget Sound-area residents can expect to enjoy this spring and summer, it is likely people should plan for more of the same. But if you’re going to be outside any time of the year, especially on a sunny day, stay safe by knowing and doing a few basic things about sunburn. The sun keeps us Dr. Molly Chan, MD, MSW warm and triggers the production of vitamin D in our skin so we can better absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones. But when your skin has been exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun for too long, you get sunburned. Why should I worry about getting sunburned? If you get sunburned frequently, it increases your risk of developing: • Skin cancer • Wrinkles and other age-related skin changes • Cataracts, which cause cloudy vision Why do some people get sunburned more easily than others? Your chance of getting a burn from sun exposure increases if you: • Have pale skin and light-colored hair • Are on a mountain or in a region that is closer to the sun or near a very reflective surface, such as water, sand and snow • Are taking medications that cause your skin to burn more easily How long does it take to develop a sunburn? It depends on the intensity of the ultraviolet radiation on a given day, specific to your location. The UV Index predicts the risk of sunburn in your area, based on weather conditions. The UV Index varies throughout the course of the day; generally the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. How is a sunburn different from getting burned with hot water or a hot stove? It is actually very similar. A mild sunburn causes your skin


to become red, slightly hot to the touch and a little painful; this is akin to a first-degree burn. A more severe sunburn can cause skin blisters, swelling and severe pain; this is like having a second-degree burn. What can I do to prevent getting sunburned?

Try to take frequent breaks from the sun by going indoors or moving into shade. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor rating of 30 or higher and cover as much skin as you can. The most effective sunscreens provide protection against both UVA (long-wave) and UVB (shortwave) rays. Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before going into the sun and re-apply at least every two hours. “Water resistant” sunscreen will maintain protection through 40 minutes of water activity; “very water resistant” sunscreen is good for 80 minutes of water activity. Always reapply sunscreen after swimming. Wear a hat to protect your scalp and face. Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays will protect your eyes from the intensity of the sun. Can I put sunscreen on my baby? Sunscreen is not recommended for infants younger than 6 months because their skin barrier is not fully developed; but if you are not able to protect your baby adequately with clothing, hats and shade, you can use a little bit of sunscreen on small areas, such as the face and back of the hands. For all infants and small children, choose a sunscreen for sensitive skin: the best ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide because they will protect against UVA and UVB rays, and they cause minimal irritation to the skin. What is the best treatment for a sunburn? Most sunburns will appear within three to five hours after sun exposure and resolve within three days. You can take Advil or Aleve for pain and inflammation. Cooling compresses may help soothe your skin. There are many topical products containing aloe vera or numbing medication that are made specifically for sunburn relief; frequent applications of aloe vera gel help minimize the skin peeling that occurs as you heal from a sunburn. Try to avoid sun exposure while you are recovering and stay well hydrated by drinking more water. Seek medical treatment if you develop a lot of skin blisters, severe pain, headache, fever, vomiting or dehydration. The sun doesn’t have to be your enemy if you wear sunscreen, drink water and take breaks when you start to feel too hot. And don’t forget your sunglasses. Molly Chan, MD, MSW, is board certified in family medicine and practices in the Urgent Care Clinic at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center (33501 First Way S.;






New studies link learning skills to physical activity levels from staff reports, The Courier Herald

For most children, the shorter days of fall and winter limit time and opportunity for active, physical play. This is a problem, say the child development specialists at The Little Gym in the Federal Way area, because currentresearch indicates that physical activity is much more than simply fun and games; it is an important contributor to successful learning. A recent study that set out to look at the health effects of excess body fat and inactivity in children discovered a link between physical activity and brain function. ( children/news/20151102/weight-exercise-may-affect-childrensthinking-skills) Researchers compared mental skills between active children and inactive children and found that, even among children of normal weight, active children did better on tests that involved skills like planning and paying attention. The Little Gym President and CEO Ruk Adams says that these results are good news, because physical activity is something that families can take steps to boost by supplementing, if necessary, the physical education that their children receive during the school day. While studies like this one show that physical exercise can enhance a child’s ability to learn, the majority of parents responding to a recentpoll that National Public Radio conducted in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health gave their children’s schools a low grade for their lack of focus on physical activity. ( “This contradiction challenges parents of school age children to find a way to incorporate physical activity into their child’s day, outside of school,” Adams said. Fortunately, families have a range of options to choose from to encourage their children to stay physically active. School- or community-based sports programs provide children with an opportunity to grow both their physical and social skills. Some children thrive on specialized training in disciplines like gymnastics or dance and some children turn to neighborhood friends for active play. “The important thing is to choose a program that your child enjoys so that it’s something the child will want to continue to do,” Adams said. “Parents of toddlers and preschoolers should also take note: making physical activity a ‘habit’ for your children at an early age may not only enhance your child’s potential to learn; it will also help lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy living.” For more information about The Little Gym in Federal Way, visit

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Healthy Tips & Strategies Household mold and your health Are your child’s asthma attacks becoming more frequent and serious? Are you continually catching colds? These situations may be the result of exposure to mildew without you even knowing it. When a lot of mildew — or mold — develops in a home, these microscopic fungi can scatter breathable particles into the air and consequently cause a number of health problems. Depending on your state of health, age, and amount of time spent in the home, you could be more sensitive. Especially vulnerable are babies, young children, seniors, and people with depressed immune systems. How do you know if these unwelcome visitors are invading your home? Look for the following: the appearance of stains, which are often black, on walls, ceilings, or carpets; a musty or earthy smell; dark rings and buckling, which are evidence of water infiltration. Mold loves damp conditions, and those can usually be found in basements, the backs of closets, under kitchen sinks, in bathrooms, and sometimes around windows. You can prevent mold by ensuring good ventilation in your home. Open windows or switch on fans when taking baths or showers or when you’re cooking. In hot, humid weather be sure to use a dehumidifier in chronically damp places, especially in the basement. Empty and clean the reservoir regularly and add several drops of lemon essential oil to disinfect it. Repair any water leaks as soon as possible. If condensation forms on windows, especially during the winter, check the insulation. These small actions will help to prevent mold from harming your family’s health.

Chew your way to slimness Chewing our food thoroughly can help us to eat less. This fact has been demonstrated in a recent study showing the influence of oral stimulation on our feelings of satiety and the number of calories ingested. Oral stimulation means putting food into our mouths, taking the time to taste it, and chewing it slowly before swallowing. The study shows that the length of the oral stimulation is inversely proportional to calorie intake, which is sure to interest those who watch their weight — in other words the vast majority of us. The results of this research are in full agreement with the old adage, “Chew your liquids and drink your food”. This means that you should drink in small sips, rolling the liquid around the mouth, and chew your food until it is liquid before swallowing it. Chewing longer also prolongs the meal and leaves time for feelings of fullness to set in. These signals are emitted by the brain when it has received information from the stomach indicating that the body no longer needs to eat. It is essential to pay attention to these signals, especially because we live in a society that promotes fast food and quantity over quality. In fact, although we should stop eating when we no longer feel hungry, the majority of people are directly influenced by the quantity of food on their plates. For your health’s sake, start serving reasonable portions, chewing thoroughly, and listening for your stomach to tell you it has had enough.



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