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Entries from October 2015

Group Health and Bartell Drugs Take the Ouch Out of Flu Shots

October 30th, 2015 by Support Staff

Group Health and Bartell Drugs are helping “take the owie out” of getting a flu shot by offering a sweet treat at CareClinic locations. Due to a manufacturing issue, FluMist isn’t currently available at most locations nationwide. That doesn’t mean people should wait to get vaccinated, doctors say. Now is the best time to get the vaccine, even if it means rolling up your sleeve for a shot. A flu shot may hurt for a brief moment, but significantly helps reduce the chance of getting the flu.

CDC officials have said the efficacy of this year’s flu shot strain is expected to be more effective than last year. We know most people, especially kids, don’t like shots – that’s why we’re sweetening the deal by providing a free healthy fruit bar with each flu shot at CareClinic locations around the Puget Sound. CareClinic is a walk-in clinic open to anyone regardless of insurance carrier. The clinics are based in five Bartell Drugs locations and are staffed by Group Health board certified clinicians. They are a convenient and fast way to be treated for many minor injuries and illnesses.

The closest CareClinic to us is at the University Village.

To get your sweet treat, visit between now and Sunday, Nov. 8 (or, while supply lasts)

(Promotion excludes Medicare; patients must be ages 3 and over to get a flu shot)

Learn more here.

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Work-Life Balance – 5 Tips to Restore Harmony

October 17th, 2015 by Support Staff


By:
Dr. Carolyn Logsdon, Pacific Medical Center Northgate

It’s hard to believe we’re half way through the fall season and the holidays are just around the corner. This time of year is a busy one – from work and school schedules to limited vacation days and prep for the holidays. To prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed, it’s important to understand how to juggle the demands of the job and all of the additional activities we have on our calendars. Work-life balance is about creating and maintaining supportive and healthy work and home environments. However every job has unique demands that may take a toll on your personal life and health.  Studies have shown that lack of work-life balance is associated with serious health and safety risks such as increased smoking and alcohol consumption, weight gain and depression.

Now more than ever it can be difficult to maintain a work-life balance. There once was a time when the boundaries between work life and personal life were extremely clear. But with technology as an enabler for constant connection, “clocking out” is a thing of the past and the once fine lines have become blurred. While you may not be able to change your work hours, or the conditions of the job, there are a host of life changes you can make to alleviate stress and ensure better overall health.

Here are five tips to reclaim control and restore harmony in day-to-day life:

1. Carefully establish goals. Take some time to evaluate your work-life balance situation and what you would like to see change in the next six months. Over the course of a week, monitor your daily tasks including work-related and personal activities and take notes. This will help you decide what’s necessary, what satisfies you the most and what you don’t enjoy or can’t handle. Then, make a list of what you’d like to change. Define small goals that are achievable and actionable. For example, make it a goal to prepare lunch meals in advance, not “bring lunch to work every single day.”

2. Plan out your schedule. Using calendars and “to-do” lists can help relieve the stress to remember everything. Organize household to-do tasks and family and friend events on a weekly calendar. Keeping a daily to-do list at home and at work will help minimize the time you spend running in circles trying to accomplish a task.  Technology can actually be a help here: Use your smart phone to keep track of your to-do list.  Here are a few suggestions to factor into your schedule:

  • Prepare shopping lists before going to the store and avoid buying items that aren’t on it.
  • Prep for a week’s worth of lunches on the weekends by marinating and cooking meat and chopping fruits and vegetables.  We’re entering the time of year when soups and chili are especially inviting.
  • Avoid activities that affect your energy and efficiency at work such as gossiping with a colleague or checking social media profiles. That time could instead be used to get work done and allow you to leave the office earlier.
  • Try to outsource errands and time-consuming activities. Do your kids play sports with the neighborhood children? Carpool and alternate who is in charge of pick-up each day. If you’re someone who is constantly running from place to place doing errands, see if you can have items delivered such as dry-cleaning, groceries, stamps etc.

3. Prioritize time for rest and recharging. When you plan your week, make it a point to incorporate time with family and friends as well as activities that help you recharge. Sleep is crucial to function at your highest level. So make a point, a couple nights a week (at least) to go to bed early. Getting a good night’s sleep will lead to a more effective use of time in the long run.

4. Unplug. Deciding when, where and how to be accessible for work can be a constant challenge. It can also mean that you’re always bringing work home with you. Make it a point to manage your technology and consciously decide to separate work time from personal time.  Have dinner with your family away from electronics.  Research suggests that children who have dinner with their family each night are more successful in school.  Late night use of technology can inhibit sleep quality as the blue light emitted by the devices decreases your level of melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep. Turn off your phones and tablets at least an hour before going to bed.

5. Move your body. Exercise is one of the first things to go when our calendars fill up and life gets busy, and yet exercise is one of the most effective stress reducers. Exercise is also shown to boost your energy levels and enhance your ability to concentrate. Short on time? Keep it simple – opt for the stairs, stand at your desk or take a walk around the block on your lunch or coffee break.

At the end of the day, just know that you aren’t alone if you’re finding it challenging to juggle your job demands and your personal life. Many people are struggling to keep the balance, but a few small, simple tricks can help you restructure a few areas in your life and ultimately help you restore harmony.

Dr. Carolyn Logsdon, a psychotherapist at the Pacific Medical Center Northgate clinic, has been in practice for 30 years. She received her PhD from State University of New York in Albany. Dr. Logsdon provides counseling services to adults, children and families, and has special interest in attention deficit disorder, chronic, terminal illness and chronic pain. To learn more or to make an appointment with Dr. Logsdon, please visit www.PacMed.org or call 206.621.4045.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Needs Your Help

October 13th, 2015 by Support Staff

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Western Washington and Alaska needs your help!

RMHC provides housing for 80 families a night, who have children receiving treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital for serious illnesses. They look to the local community to help them provide many comforts for their “home-away-from-home,” such as hot meals, supplies in their free pantry, and much more.

This fall, they’re asking for your help to provide food to families. Here’s a couple ways you can help:

  • Donate Canned or Dry Goods: They’re always in need of canned and dry goods at the House. They welcome donations of newly purchased shelf-stable items, which have expiration dates of at least two months out. You can visit their Amazon wishlist and purchase online, or donate goods directly to our front desk at 5130 40th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. If you plan to make a very large donation or are interested in holding a food drive in your community, please contact our Operations Manager, Kaarin Stowell.
  • Donate to their Food Fund: This year, they’re starting a “Food Fund” specifically to help tide them over later in the year when supplies tend to get low. We work with Food Services of America to purchase dry and canned goods, as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy products with this money. Since they reassess what they need in the pantry on a weekly basis, you can be sure your donation will be going towards goods that are most needed.  You can make a donation to the Food Fund on their website – just select “Pantry Food” on the Program Area drop down menu to make sure it goes into the Food Fund.
  • Snack Lunches:  The “Snack Lunch” program at the House is an opportunity for all ages to get involved in charitable work. They’re asking for donations of brown bag lunches, filled with non-perishable, shelf-stable items like granola bars, fruit cups, crackers, and a juice box. Items must be newly purchased with an expiration date of at least two months out. They leave these in the pantry for families to grab as they’re on the run back and forth to Children’s Hospital. All a family has to do is add a sandwich and a piece of fruit from the free pantry, and they are all ready to go. The amount of snack lunches you make is up to you, but every single one is appreciated by the parents and kids who stay here. This is a great activity for scout troops and they are happy to give an “I Love RMHC” pin to donors.
  • Make a Meal: They are always looking for groups of 3-15 adults to make a hot meal for our families. They provide a huge kitchen and all the utensils you will need to make a meal – all you have to do is bring ingredients, have fun cooking with your group onsite, and enjoy serving a delicious homemade meal to families. For more information on the meal program, please see their website!

For more information on RMHC visit their website.

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How Noisy is our Neighborhood?

October 10th, 2015 by Support Staff

Whether you’re buying or renting a home, it’s important to get a sense of what it’s like to live in the neighborhood before you move in. The typical amenities, such as restaurants, shops, schools, and grocery stores are relatively easy to look up. What’s not as obvious is how noisy it gets.

Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, and renters, pulled police data on noise complaints from the City of Seattle as far back as feasible. This resulted in about 5 years worth of data.

Wedgewood and View Ridge neighborhoods had little noise activity as opposed to Capitol Hill and the University District which were quite dense in noise complaints.

Click here to see the full animated map for Seattle.

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Ask a Scientist Event @ the Northeast Library

October 1st, 2015 by Support Staff

This intimate, cafe style event features  mandolin playing UW climate scientist Dargan Frierson, who will be on hand to answer questions about the science of global warming.
Northeast Library on Oct 27th from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

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