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Entries from March 2016

Greenlake Crew Clothing & Textile Drive

March 27th, 2016 by Support Staff

Greenlake Crew is hosting a Clothing and Textile Drive
Real Property Associates, 7500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, April 23rd
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Everyone has unwanted textiles* that are out of fashion, not needed, or no longer fit. Instead of discarding surplus clothing and household linens, give them a second life through Clothes for the Cause. Money raised will benefit the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Green Lake Junior Crew program.

*Textiles include: CLOTHING new and gently used. SHOES paired only; TOWELS;

STUFFED ANIMALS, HATS, SHEETS, BLANKETS, QUILTS; BEDSPREADS, DRAPES, PURSES,

BELTS synthetic/leather… All items must be dry and clean.

Glass, breakables, electronics, pet beds, bed pillows, carpeting, uniforms, mattresses or hotel linens will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Jaquie.

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The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines: A Dietitian’s Take

March 25th, 2016 by Support Staff

Written by Katy Figel, RDN, CD

As you may have heard by now, the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been officially released. While the majority of Seattleites may not be able to recite specific recommendations or changes that were made, the Guidelines still play a large role in our day to day diets. The Seattle School District’s school lunches, our supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and the My Plate education programs are all heavily influenced by these Guidelines. So what’s new this time around?

Eating Patterns vs. Nutrient Values

I applaud the DGAs for attempting to focus on foods and dietary patterns instead of on confusing nutrient values. For example, the Guidelines recommend that Americans, “shift to healthier food and beverage choices.” They also encourage Americans to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Seattleites can easily reach this goal by visiting local farmers markets or joining a local Community Supported Agriculture program to get more fruits and vegetables on their dinner tables.

Sugar Recommendation

Another new recommendation (although consistent with the World Health Organization’s previous report) is to limit our intake of added sugars to no more than 10% of our total calorie intake. This means limiting sugar-sweetened foods such as candies and cookies and beverages such as energy drinks and soda in your diet. Instead work on finding snacks with low sugar such as granola and drinking more water. But water needs to be more easily accessible and available in our city. Try finding a drinking fountain in CenturyLink, it’s hard work!

Room for Improvement

Disappointing however is how the Guidelines resort back to their old ways when making recommendations around what they want us to limit.  Suddenly, instead of talking about specific foods, they instead switch back to referring to certain nutrients. For example, they tell us to “limit saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, and sodium”. However when we eat out, we don’t order “saturated fat” off the menu. Nor do we go grocery shopping and put “sodium” into our shopping cart. The truth is that many Americans don’t know that meats tend to be high in saturated fats or that added sugars are most widely consumed in sodas and sweetened beverages. The recommendations, would better serve our population if they clearly stated specific foods that we should limit. If you’re curious about foods and beverages you should limit for a healthy, balanced diet, talk with your primary care provider or a local dietitian.

Katherine Figel, RDN, CD, is a dietitian with the Nutrition team at Pacific Medical Centers. She sees patients at the Pacific Medical Center Canyon Park, Northgate and First Hill clinics. Pacific Medical Centers is a private, not-for-profit, multi-specialty health care network of nine locations with 150 primary and specialty care providers.  Its nine locations are in the Puget Sound neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Canyon Park, Federal Way, First Hill, Lynnwood, Northgate, Puyallup, Renton and Totem Lake. To better serve our patients, in 2016 we plan to open clinics in Lakewood and Lacey. Pacific Medical Centers serves patients with commercial insurance, retired military and their families, family members of active-duty personnel, as well as the underserved in our community. www.PacMed.org

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UW I-LABS Seeks Volunteers

March 19th, 2016 by Support Staff

The University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) studies social and cognitive development. Their researchers explore why infants enjoy social interactions, how toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of other people, and when children develop empathy for others.

They are looking for infants and children in the age range of 0 to 8 years old to join their registry. They will keep your information in a confidential list and contact you when your child is near the age for a study. More information about individual studies will be provided once your child has been selected.

To learn about volunteering for child development studies at the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) click here.

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Help Wedgwood and John Rogers students have FUN!

March 13th, 2016 by Support Staff

Finding Urban Nature (FUN) is Seattle Audubon’s free environmental education program in Seattle Public Elementary Schools. FUN is an environmental education program that introduces students to the natural world in their own schoolyard habitats through observation, discovery, and scientific inquiry. Volunteers work with small groups of 4-5 students for 4, one-hour lessons, over the course of 4 weeks. The program needs volunteers at Wedgwood and John Rogers Elementary Schools. Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in April. Contact Cassandra at 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if interested. A background check is required.

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Laurelhurst Tennis Court Drainage Improvement Project

March 12th, 2016 by Support Staff

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Laurelhurst Community Club meeting on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 NE 41st St.

Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager, is on the agenda at 7:30 p.m.

This project replaces the Laurelhurst drainage system installed in the early 1900s. The existing lines are in poor condition. The goal of the project is to improve drainage of the tennis court and bang board courts, to reduce flooding, and to reduce ongoing maintenance needs.

The southern tennis courts will be closed this spring for construction. The courts are scheduled to be open in time for Summer Tennis Camp in late June. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize impacts to the neighborhood and park.

For more information about the project please click here. If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Katie Bang at Katie.bang@seattle.gov or 206-684-9286.

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Boy Scout Troop 166 Local Compost Fundraiser

March 1st, 2016 by Support Staff

Boy Scout Troop 166 is having their annual compost sale!

This is a great time to get high quality compost for your spring planting preparation, as well as support a good cause. All proceeds go to support Troop 166 activities, including scholarships for scouts needing financial assistance.

Purchase includes free delivery (2 bags min) to select N. Seattle zip codes. Click here for more details and to place your order.

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