Madrona and 3 other Highline schools honored for healthy living programs

Federal USDA Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and USDA Regional Administrator Allen Ng will visit SeaTac’s Madrona Elementary on Monday to recognize four Highline elementary schools that received Silver honors in the Healthy US Schools Challenge.
Concannon and Ng will eat a school lunch with students in the cafeteria.
Four Highline elementary schools have received recognition in the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC). Beverly Park, Madrona, Southern Heights and White Center Heights Elementary schools are all being recognized for creating healthier school environments through promotion of good nutrition and physical activities.

To qualify for recognition, schools must meet stringent criteria for the school meal program, nutrition education, physical activity and school policies which support a wellness environment, with efforts to:
improve the nutritional quality of the foods served,
provide students with nutrition education, and
provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.


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Global to Local (G2L), an unprecedented public-private partnership focused on addressing health disparities in the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila is hosting an open house event Wednesday, Jan. 18th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 4040 S. 188th St., Suite 100 in SeaTac.

Following its conceptualization in 2009, G2L has brought together public health experts, private health-care providers, and global health specialists to improve the health of underserved populations in King County.

These organizations came together to implement a multi-year commitment to provide resources such as staffing and funding to develop local programs that will help improve health among some of the most underserved populations in the County.

At the Jan. 18th open house, Global to Local staff and leadership will introduce G2L’s new space, highlight 2011 accomplishments, take a short tour of the HealthPoint Community Clinic upstairs and share information with community members and elected officials.


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Burien residents can get some relief from the high cost of prescription medications through a new program offered through the city of Burien and National League of Cities (NLC).
The program provides free discount cards that offer savings off the retail price of prescription medications that aren’t covered by health insurance plans.
While discounts on each prescription may vary, cardholders can save as much as 20 percent off the pharmacy’s regular retail prices for prescription drugs.

The NLC Prescription Discount Card can be used by all residents of Burien and has no restrictions based on a resident’s age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used at all major pharmacies in and around Burien. The discount program goes into effect Jan. 6.

“Given the current economic climate, where many people need to watch what they spend, we are happy to partner with the National League of Cities to make this prescription discount card available to our residents,” said Burien Mayor Joan McGilton.


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This Tuesday, Global2Local and the YMCA are partnering with local health care provider HealthPoint and Abbott Laboratories to provide access to free flu shots for the uninsured and onsite health screenings for any South King County resident.

These screenings will help individuals detect health conditions and identify opportunities to improve health quality.

Each screening will include tests for blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose levels.

Individuals will be given instant results, and will have the opportunity to speak with health and fitness professionals about ways to improve their health.

For the best results, individuals should refrain from eating or drinking 8 to 12 hours before the screening. Spanish language interpreters will be available during the screening.

What: Free health screening and flu shot vouchers for uninsured individuals
When: Tuesday, November 22, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Where: Tukwila Pantry, 3118 S. 140th Street, Tukwila, WA 98168
Who: This event is open and available to all members of the public.


There will be a Medicare informational meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 29th at 10 a.m. at Highline Medical Center -- Cedar Wing.

Organizers say the meeting will cover Medicare and Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans.

For more information call Jesse Van Nostrand at 206-550-7010.


The City of Burien is holding a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the city’s multipurpose room on the first floor of the City Hall/Burien Library building, 400 S.W. 152nd St.

Walk-ins are welcome.

The drive will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with a lunch closure from Noon- 1 p.m.

Reserve a time with Janet Stallman at 206-248-5508 or email
Here’s some additional information from the Puget Sound Blood Center:

Did you know that nearly 38,000 transfusions are performed daily in the United States? Volunteer donors are the only source of this precious gift, which can mean life for pre-mature babies, cancer and surgery patients, accident victims and other ill and injured people.

Each day the Puget Sound Blood Center must collect nearly 900 pints of blood to support patients within our community. Donors must be 18 or older (16 or 17 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Because blood is separated into and transfused as components, just one donation can help up to three people.


Drug take back day is happening Saturday, Oct. 29 in SeaTac and Des Moines.

Drop-off centers will be in the SeaTac City Hall front lobby, 4800 S. 188th St., 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Bartell Drugs parking lot, 27055 Pacific Hwy. S., 2-6 p.m.; and Bartell Drugs parking lot, 21615 Pacific Hwy. S., 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

In April, Washington residents helped the state collect more than 8,535 pounds of unused or unwanted medicine (that’s roughly 4.25 million pills in a single day) during National Drug Take Back Day. This event highlighted the critical need for permanent safe drug disposal programs to reduce the rising rates of prescription drug abuse, overdoses, and accidental poisonings.
This year, the DEA will work again with local groups to host National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29. Sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with local law enforcement agencies, the one-day event provided communities with free, anonymous medicine returns for unused medications, including dangerous controlled substances.
Why Washington Needs a Permanent Drug Take Back Program


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3 reasons to donate blood at the blood drive below.
1. Feel self-satisfaction in knowing you have helped save the lives of 3 people with one single donation.
2. After giving away one pint of blood, your body will make pure, new, fresh blood.
3. Our professionally trained phlebotomists ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

Friday August 19th 2011
Wesley Homes – The Gardens at Stanton Hall
816 S. 216th Street, Des Moines 98198

11:00 am to 5:00 pm
(No registrations from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm)


If you’ve ever wondered if you’d be a hero in a life or death situation – here’s your chance to be that hero.

Elected mayor proposition placed on Nov. ballot

SeaTac has taken a “legal time-out” from allowing medical marijuana facilities in the city.
The SeaTac City Council unanimously passed a moratorium on Medical marijuana dispensaries and collective gardens after concerns over the conflict between new state law and federal law were raised.

According to City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo, SeaTac has not received any applications for a license nor does the city currently have zoning to accommodate such an operation. Bartolo also pointed out that the approval or denial of a license could result in legal repercussions for the city, as the state and federal laws currently conflict.

Bartolo therefore suggested a moratorium until the state Legislature has a chance to revisit the existing laws.
"Most districts I've looked at so far have taken the moratorium. Doing the moratorium puts us in a legal time-out," Bartolo explained.


Press release:

The city of SeaTac recently earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust, one of 82 cities to receive the award. The award is based on meeting stringent best practice standards in employee health promotion. This is the city's seventh consecutive year earning the award.

"We pride ourselves on providing a workplace that prioritizes health and wellness for those who serve our citizens," said Todd Cutts, city manager. "And we can all appreciate the financial savings this incentive provides our city's general fund, allowing us to invest our taxpayer's money in other important services."

Award recipients receive a 2 percent premium discount on their Regence BlueShield or Asuris Northwest Health medical coverage for employee & spouses in 2012. The city will save an estimated $30,000 in general fund budget expenditures in 2012 for medical insurance premiums.

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