Employee wellness programs are on the rise, and Spokane is no exception. But can employers actually improve the health of their workers?
At the Spokane Regional Health District, there are no salty or sugary snacks in the vending machine, which is instead stocked with whole wheat crackers in the shape of bunnies and organic milk to wash them down with. There's a basket that employees can drop a dollar into and pick up a piece of fruit.
Though it's billed as a semi-formal gala, leather and lace are quite acceptable attire — and usually seen — at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual benefit, An Evening with Harley-Davidson. The 14th annual event, co-hosted by Spokane Valley's Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson dealership, is being held at a new location this year, downtown Spokane's Barrister Winery.
They don't just put out fires; local firefighters have to keep pumping out meals, too
At Coeur d'Alene's Fire Station No. 1, there are 21 reasons shared meals matter. That's the number of staff, in shifts of varying duration, whose livelihoods depend on teamwork created — or at least enhanced — by sitting down and eating together.
Why do so many women have such a hard time believing in themselves?
Ever feel plagued by self-doubt? Consider the following: "I still face situations that I fear are beyond my qualifications.
Cheney Public Schools helps battle obesity through education and home cooking
In the war on obesity — and the daily skirmishes known as kids' healthy food choices — Eastern Washington has a not-so-secret weapon in Laura Martin. A Cheney resident, mother of two and wife of a former principal, Martin has been Cheney Public Schools' wellness coordinator since 2011, and has been working with East Valley's schools since 2013 as part of Empire Health Foundation's Childhood Obesity Initiative, with support from Providence Health Care.
New parents grab a backpack and hit the trail
Snowflakes fall and melt on 2-year old Jack Knudson's blue fleece hat as he bounces in an infant carrier to the rhythm of his dad's trudging cadence. This snowy walk is the first time Jack's mom and dad have joined Spokane's "Hike It Baby" chapter members for a weekly stroll.
Essential oils bring wellness through plants' therapeutic powers
Last year, Shelby Johnson talked with her doctor about the anxiety attacks. Medications were an option, but with the likelihood of side effects she felt that, for her, meds might do more harm than good.
OTC medications may make you feel better, but be careful
Home remedies for cold and flu season conjure images of chicken noodle soup on the stovetop, warm towels coiled around the neck, and cordials containing brandy. Family cures for the sniffles and coughs, passed down for years, may have taken a backseat to cold and flu treatments like DayQuil and Theraflu in our medicine cabinets.
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With more ARNPs, patients may be left wondering who should provide their care
Kathryn Sander can care for patients from birth to death. As a family nurse practitioner for CHAS Health, Sander treats patients with a variety of illnesses, focusing on management of chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension.
Kootenai Health's new partnership with Mayo Clinic enables some patients to get specialized care, right at home
Since last summer, the roster of Kootenai Health has been several thousand physicians deeper — sort of. Thanks to a recent partnership with the renowned Mayo Clinic, made official in August, the Coeur d'Alene-based health care provider now has access to the expertise, advice and best practices of Mayo's more than 4,000 physicians across a range of diverse specialties.
Helping kids bounce back from adversity may lead to a healthier adulthood
More than 20 years ago, a physician named Vincent Felitti began wondering why a successful obesity program offered by his employer, the health care provider Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, was seeing a significant patient dropout rate. Why would people quit, despite losing weight?
One woman's story of how she manages her state of mind
It was found, like many discoveries before it, on a quest. In 2004, National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner led a team of scientists across the globe investigating one of the world's greatest puzzles.
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You and your best four-legged friend can help save lives — both canine and human — this Valentine's Day during the third annual Dog People Blood Drive. Event organizer Jessica Osborne, practice manager at the Lincoln Heights Veterinary Clinic, says pet owners often don't think about the local pet population's need for eligible donors, which led her to start this now-annual donor drive back in 2013.
I understand that there is a new medication for weight loss but that it has to be injected like insulin. Is it effective?
ATTRIBUTES: A bowl of cooked oatmeal may not be much to look at, but beneath its humble appearance lies a bonanza of nutritional benefits.
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The harsh weather elements we endure this time of year can turn even the supplest, most youthful skin into a lizard-like hide. This is particularly distressing for parents of children sporting cracked, red "winter cheeks" or the painful "mummy hands" that can result from frequent, and appropriate, handwashing.
In Their Own Words
Ken Roberts, Ph.D., is the acting dean of the WSU College of Medical Sciences, and since 2008 has directed the University of Washington's five-state WWAMI medical education program at WSU-Spokane. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota's medical school, where he investigated reproductive biology.
If you've traveled on an airplane, you're familiar with the flight attendant saying "Please put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others." I imagine you've also heard this phrase used as a metaphor to brilliantly demonstrate the importance of self-care, prioritizing our own needs before others, in our everyday lives.
Let's face it: the world can be a not-so-loving place. While it's likely none of us will solve the conundrum of Middle East peace, wouldn't it be nice if we could take steps to smooth the rough spots in our everyday lives and relationships?
From the editor
If there were ever a miracle cure, it would seem to be exercise. In this issue's cover story on finding wellness where you work, Inlander reporter Jake Thomas checks out what area offices are doing to keep employees healthy.
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