Posts by Linda Thompson

Posts by Linda Thompson

2017 July Wellness Corner

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, a month dedicated to increase awareness about early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and to ease the focus of resources for this battle. The campaign was initiated by the Arthritis Foundation and targets a condition that currently affects 300,000 children nationwide, making it one of the most common childhood diseases in…

May Health News

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month The most obvious skin cancer warning sign is the development of a persistent bump or spot in an area of sun-damaged skin. These spots are likely to bleed with minimal trauma and produce superficial erosion. How Melanoma Cancer Develops: Although it is possible for a previously benign mole to become malignant, most of the time a…

2017 April Wellness Corner

The ‘Puzzle Ribbon’ is the symbol for Autism Awareness and is promoted by the Autism Society as a means of supporting awareness for autism. National Autism Awareness Month aims to make the public more aware about this widespread disability and the issues which arise in the autism community. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism…

March Wellness Corner

“Put Your Best Fork Forward” Each year during March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month® by focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme for 2017 which serves as a reminder that each one of us holds the tool…

2017 February Wellness Corner

The Pressure Is On Healthy living goes beyond just measuring how fast you can go or what your max heart rate is. In fact, it’s the numbers that can’t be measured with a stopwatch that mean most to your health physician. What’s in a Number? Category: systolic (top number) / diastolic (bottom number) Normal: less than 120 / less than 80 Prehypertension:…

2017 January Wellness Corner

National Glaucoma Awareness Month January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Currently, more than…

Surviving the Winter Season

Here’s 10 Tips for Surviving the Winter Season 1. Colds- you can help prevent colds by washing your hands regularly. This destroys bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles. 2. Sore throats- common in winter, are almost always caused by viral infections, and changes in temperature. warm salty…

Summer Wellness Corner

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Skin Cancer In the United States, the most common form of cancer is skin cancer. The CDC reports that nearly 5 million people are treated yearly. The three most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Indicators of skin cancer may include: ■ Irregular borders on moles (ragged,…

2016 June – Health News

Wellness Corner CALLING ALL CHILDREN, ADULTS AND SENIORS CHECK FOR SAFETY The Center for Disease Control (CDC) www.cdc.gov/injury reports that each year thousands of older Americans fall at home and many are seriously injured. The same is true, however, for any age, especially if you have balance issues related to splinting of a sprain or fracture, easily dis- tracted,…

2016 May Health News

Wellness Corner by Marilyn Johnson Noise and Hearing Loss HOW NOISE HURTS EARS Exposure to loud sounds may cause permanent physical damage to your hearing, just like heat causes a burn or a sharp object causes a cut ..You can’t see or feel the damage from noise, but it can be measured on hearing tests…. Inside our inner ear are thousands of tiny hair cells that send…

March Wellness Corner

by Marilyn Johnson, Parish Nurse Because I receive so many questions regarding medications, I wanted to give some updates for older adults from the Northwest Regional Council (NWRC) / Northwest WA Area Agency on Aging; Medication Awareness Handbook for Older Adults DID YOU KNOW? Older Adults Have More Medication Problems Older adults are 6 times more likely to have a poor…