West Seattle Blog... » Health http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:22:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Arguelles Therapeutic Massage: Welcome, new WSB sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/arguelles-therapeutic-massage-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/arguelles-therapeutic-massage-welcome-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:15:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306332 Today we’re welcoming Arguelles Therapeutic Massage as a new WSB sponsor. New local sponsors get the opportunity to share information about their business:

Jon Arguelles, LMP, says, “I take time and care to find out what each clients’ needs and wants are; where their trouble spots are, if they have any injuries, if they need more time spent on their neck and shoulders, lower back or feet. It’s so important to listen to what my clients are looking for, to really understand, and to deliver that to them. It makes the difference between a good massage and an OMG-what-a-good massage!”

What does he hear from Arguelles Therapeutic Massage clients most often? “Clients tell me, ‘Oh, I fell asleep there for awhile,’ that they feel, ‘so much looser,’ and, ‘You figured out my spots and got right to them’.”

Arguelles Therapeutic Massage (a member of the American Massage Therapy Association) is at 4843 California SW, on the south edge of The Junction. You can book your appointment online – just go here. Or, call 425-785-9192.

We thank Arguelles Therapeutic Massage for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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VIDEO: West Seattle YMCA preschoolers show off healthy-food know-how for high-ranking visitor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/video-west-seattle-ymca-preschoolers-show-off-healthy-food-know-how-for-high-ranking-visitor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/video-west-seattle-ymca-preschoolers-show-off-healthy-food-know-how-for-high-ranking-visitor/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:24:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304934

(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand)
Are West Seattle kids getting enough healthy food? Kevin Concannon, the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, visited this morning to find out. We caught up with him at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) Preschool (with him in the photo above is Emilia Holbik from the Y). They made a smoothie for him.

And here’s what he had to say about it:

The Y’s focus is on food as well as fitness, so they showcased this as an example of nutrition-focused activities in which their students regularly participate.

After his stop at the YMCA Preschool, Under Secretary Concannon was headed to West Seattle Elementary.

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West Seattle biznote: Happy anniversary, Fitness Together! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-biznote-happy-anniversary-fitness-together/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-biznote-happy-anniversary-fitness-together/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:41:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299177

Happy 8th anniversary to Fitness Together-West Seattle (longtime WSB sponsor)! In the photo above, that’s FT-WS proprietor Bonnie Katz Sailors (center) and her team, based in a personal-training studio at 4546 California SW in The Junction. Announcing the anniversary on the FT-WS Facebook page, Bonnie and team said, “We started with a boom in 2007 and it’s been an incredible journey ever since. We always strive for an awesome team of trainers, and we are very proud of all the clients who make the big leap to come through our doors. We know it’s not easy!! A huge THANK YOU to all the clients and trainers who have made this studio a place to be proud of!!”

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Need help enrolling for health insurance? Area event tomorrow offers that help and more in 7 languages http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/need-help-enrolling-for-health-insurance-area-event-tomorrow-offers-that-help-and-more-in-7-languages/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/need-help-enrolling-for-health-insurance-area-event-tomorrow-offers-that-help-and-more-in-7-languages/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:54:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299093 This event is happening tomorrow afternoon in South Park but organizers, including UW nursing students, are extending the invitation to West Seattle, White Center, and vicinity too:

FREE Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Event

When: Saturday, January 24th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Where: South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S.
What: Information about and assistance to enroll in health insurance programs, free health screenings, diabetes education, free tax information, information about nursing as a career

**Safe environment for all**

**Assistance offered in Spanish/Vietnamese/Amharic/Tagalog/Russian/English/Somali**

What to bring: questions, social security numbers, job employment information, proof of citizenship

Partners: Public Health Seattle & King County, SPIARC, Consulate of Mexico, Consulate of Peru, Consulate of El Salvador, SeaMar, WithinReach, Denise Louie, Western WA National Hispanic Nurses Association, & UW School of Nursing

A map is linked from the announcement on this King County webpage.

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Update: Swedish West Seattle reconnected, doctor reports http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/trying-to-call-swedish-west-seattle-phone-trouble-reported/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/trying-to-call-swedish-west-seattle-phone-trouble-reported/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:41:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298201 9:41 AM: If you’ve been having trouble getting through to the Swedish clinic in West Seattle, Dr. Tom Erdmann sent this note explaining what’s going on:

Swedish West Seattle has been experiencing phone connectivity issues since late 1/14/2015. We have no outgoing message. The busy signal is due to the phone outage. Repairs are underway but no estimate is available as to when phones will be restored. The clinic is open. If needed, please walk in for an urgent appointment.

10:57 AM: Per Dr. Erdmann’s comment, this has been solved. Also note, in a separate situation/location, Sound PT‘s problem, lingering from Tuesday’s Andover crash.

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Burn ban lifted, announces Puget Sound Clean Air Agency http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/burn-ban-lifted-says-puget-sound-clean-air-agency/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/burn-ban-lifted-says-puget-sound-clean-air-agency/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 20:39:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297038 Update from Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:

Effective immediately, all burn bans are being lifted in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, as well as Darrington. With the help of rain and wind, air pollution levels everywhere dropped to GOOD or lower Moderate last night.

While agency forecasters do expect only light winds during the day today and into tonight, an approaching weather system should increase winds and rain late tonight and into Sunday. This will again help disperse our air pollution and keep levels low for the next 2-3 days.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency would like to thank everyone who switched to alternative sources of heat instead of burning wood during these bans. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health problems especially appreciate your efforts.

The now-over burn ban had been in effect for two days.

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Hoping for a fitter 2015? ‘Get Fit, West Seattle’ info night Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/hoping-for-a-fitter-2015-get-fit-west-seattle-info-night-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/hoping-for-a-fitter-2015-get-fit-west-seattle-info-night-monday/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:15:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296538 Even without a formal New Year’s resolution, you might well be hoping to be healthier and more fit in 2015 – at least in hopes of still being here in 2016, 2017, 2018, and beyond. Get a jump on it tomorrow during an informational night for a program that West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) offers periodically. From WSR’s Lori McConnell:

What better goal than to run or walk your first half-marathon? We will start our new Get Fit West Seattle Half Marathon Training on Sunday, January 4th, at 9 am by running, walking or crawling 1 mile!! By June, participants will be ready to run the Rock N Roll Half!! Spread the word to family, friends, and co-workers. This is a free program for beginners. We will host an informational meeting on Monday, December 29th, at 6:30 pm.

WSR is on the second floor of Charlestown Center, northwest corner of California and Charlestown.

P.S. And if you’re looking for trainers/gyms/classes to enhance your 2015 fitness plans, note that we have six local options in the WSB sponsor directory – scroll down to the “exercise/fitness/gym” list.

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Big gift to West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA from Kids Need Bikes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/big-gift-to-west-seattlefauntleroy-ymca-from-kids-need-bikes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/big-gift-to-west-seattlefauntleroy-ymca-from-kids-need-bikes/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:37:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296285

(Photos courtesy West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA)
Thanks to a Seattle-based volunteer group called Kids Need Bikes, dozens of young West Seattleites have new ones just in time for Christmas. The West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) received 90 donated bicycles.

Most of the bicycles donated to the Y through Kids Need Bikes, which believes “every child deserves a bicycle to experience the unique freedom and well-being that only riding a bicycle can offer,” were given to children served by Y programs – the Y’s Joleen Post shared the photos from bike-pickup visits this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The donation even included tricycles for the Y Preschool – shown below with Emilia Holbik and Obie Wilkerson from the preschool:

The trikes are for preschoolers to use while at school. In all, Kids Need Bikes made 200 bicycle donations in the city this holiday season, and it could use your help, via donations of volunteer time and/or money; get more info on its website.

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Full Tilt Ice Cream temporarily closing shops, pulling its dairy-based products, as side effect of Snoqualmie Ice Cream recall http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/full-tilt-ice-cream-temporarily-closing-shops-pulling-its-dairy-based-products-as-side-effect-of-snoqualmie-ice-cream-recall/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/full-tilt-ice-cream-temporarily-closing-shops-pulling-its-dairy-based-products-as-side-effect-of-snoqualmie-ice-cream-recall/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:12:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296228 You might have heard about a voluntary recall of Snoqualmie Ice Cream products because of listeria concerns. No illnesses have been reported, but other businesses that use Snoqualmie products are affected – including Full Tilt Ice Cream, which is pulling its dairy-based ice cream and closing its shops for a few days. Here’s the explanation from FT’s Facebook page:

Unfortunately our stores are going to be closed until December 26th. Our dairy supplier, Snoqualmie Gourmet, has issued a recall on our pasteurized milk products. This does not affect our non-dairy and vegan flavors.

None of our ice cream has been contaminated, but to err on the side of caution, we have decided to pull all of our dairy-based ice cream.

If you have a pint at home that you bought at one of our scoop shops, feel free to bring it in for a refund or replacement. If you recently bought a pint from another retail outlet, you can return it to the store that you bought it from for a full refund. We are currently working as hard as we can to make ice cream and get open as soon as possible.

Again, that’s the message from Full Tilt. It is not the only business affected by the Snoqualmie situation – another popular local ice-cream mini-chain, Molly Moon, has temporarily closed its shops too. (Thanks to Chas and Amy for the tips on this.)

ADDED 12/25: Please see the comments for additional info, pending our next update on this.

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Update: King County burn ban lifted as of noon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/king-county-burn-ban-ending-at-noon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/king-county-burn-ban-ending-at-noon/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:41:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293983 The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the King County burn ban as of noon, so fireplace and woodstove use will be OK again (as will outdoor fires where approved, including the fire rings at Alki Beach).

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West Seattle weather: Stage 1 burn ban in effect countywide http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-1-burn-ban-in-effect-countywide/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-1-burn-ban-in-effect-countywide/#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:29:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293737 The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has announced a Stage 1 burn ban for King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties starting at 1 pm today and continuing until further notice. That means no use of fireplaces or uncertified woodstoves, unless you have a “previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from PSCAA,” and no outdoor fires of any kind.

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West Seattle weather: Stage 2 burn ban for King County http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-2-burn-ban-for-king-county/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weather-stage-2-burn-ban-for-king-county/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:18:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292578 As of noon, a Stage 2 burn ban is in effect in King County, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects to keep it in effect until 6 am tomorrow. It cites “continued weather conditions and air-pollution levels. Here’s what this level of burn ban means:

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

* No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

* The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

* No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

* Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

Rain is expected to return early tomorrow.

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‘Immediate concerns of patients, businesses, neighbors’ to be addressed at city medical-marijuana symposium http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/immediate-concerns-of-patients-businesses-neighbors-to-be-addressed-at-city-medical-marijuana-symposium/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/immediate-concerns-of-patients-businesses-neighbors-to-be-addressed-at-city-medical-marijuana-symposium/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:39:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292043 With at least half a dozen dispensaries in West Seattle, this might be of interest: The city has announced a public symposium one week from today, November 20th, “for those concerned about access to safe medical marijuana and the location of marijuana-related businesses in the city.” This comes as the mayor and council work on “a common-sense regulatory framework to govern where and how these businesses operate in Seattle.” If you’re interested in attending the 5-7:45 pm event at City Hall next Thursday, full details are here.

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Alki X Gym: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/alki-x-gym-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:28:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291917 We’re welcoming one of our newest WSB sponsors today – Alki X Gym, which calls itself an “Anti-Gym” – this video explains why:

Here’s what else Alki X Gym wants you to know:

We are a small “boutique” style training center that never gets overcrowded. In fact, we limit the gym to no more than 3 clients at a time, each with their own trainer for the one-on-one sessions. We also limit the group sessions to 7 people or less and at those times, there are no one-on one clients in the club. Our clients also feel the non-judgmental environment we foster. Everyone is loved, accepted, and coached on their own unique journey according to their own individual goals and needs.

(WSB photo: X Gym’s PJ Glassey)
Our exercise methods are completely unique and designed by us to be the safest way to exercise. These methods also produce the best results in the least amount of time. In only 21 minutes, twice a week, our clients receive about twice the results of traditional training in less than 1/4 the time required. We are also about 1/2 the investment of traditional personal training and now offer group training classes at less than 1/2 the investment of our already low one-on-one rate!

The comment we hear most often from X Gym clients is how fast they feel the strength results. Soon after that, they comment how much more endurance they have and how that allows them to do things they haven’t been able to do for years. The third comment we get is how fast they feel their muscles toning up, getting firmer and more defined. The main thing that keeps them coming back is the results gained to the time invested. After all, we only offer month-to-month memberships, so if it wasn’t working for them, they wouldn’t be coming back. Their lives have changed because their quality of life has increased. Their physical abilities improve of course, but their mind also gets stronger as their mental envelope is stretched from how our program is designed. Our clients literally feel like they are aging in reverse as they feel younger and more vital, both inside and out.

Alki X-Gym is at 3213 Harbor Avenue SW; call 206-938-XGYM (9496).

We thank Alki X-Gym for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative, 24/7 neighborhood news via WSB. Find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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West Seattle Halloween postscript: A Kids Place Too candy buyback nets letters along with treats http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-halloween-postscript-a-kids-place-too-candy-buyback-nets-letters-along-with-treats/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-halloween-postscript-a-kids-place-too-candy-buyback-nets-letters-along-with-treats/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:54:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291724

Dr. Keith McDonald and staff at A Kids Place Too! Dentistry for Children (WSB sponsor) are all smiles over the results of their first-ever “candy buyback” – 400 pounds of candy plus 200 letters of appreciation, all to be given to troops.

The candy and letters are going out via Operation Gratitude.

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