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Public Health employee Arleen Chavez

County employees discuss bike commuting
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Announcements

Get healthy during National Women's Health Week (May 9-15)

Celebrate National Employee Health & Fitness Day on May 19
by taking a walk with your co-workers.

May 31st is World No Tobacco Day. Why not make it your quit day?

750 walked during King County Walks Week. Over 125 teams from around the county participated.  Thanks to all walkers and team leaders!  Check out the Around the County section of the web site for stories and photos of the walks.  More



In the News —

Sports injuries – when to tough it out

One sleepless night ups insulin resistance

Running Voices – a celebrity, journalist, “biggest loser” and others talk about running

Healthy diet could cut Alzheimer's disease risk

School districts get ready for flu

Yoga poses – correct form is crucial

Stealth salt in the pantry

Don’t just flush your leftover medications

Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart risk factors

Study sees asland in articles on drug

NY Times Health Guide
More than 3,000 topics described,illustrated and investigated.



Little girl sneezingASTHMA AND ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH

You can breathe easier

Playing it safe outside and protecting your indoor air quality can help you breathe easier.

Free resources can help you inside and out. More


andmark health reform legislation was signed into law on March 23, 2010.PATIENT PROTECTION & AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
What health care reform means to you

Landmark health reform legislation was signed into law on March 23, 2010.

Here’s how it may affect you . . . More



Mind your health - May is Mental Health MonthMANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Tips to Stress Less during Mental Health Month

Mental health is an essential part of each person’s overall health and wellness. At times, we all face challenges that test us and put our mental health at risk. .

To promote wellness during Mental Health Month, follow these tips for managing everyday stress:  More



Thinking of home improvement projects? A new law affects you.THINKING OF HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS?
A new law affects you.

If your home was built before 1978 and a planned remodel will disturb old paint your contractor must be newly certified to do this safely.

Read more about how to check. More




Getting to know Asian fruits & VegetablesEAT SMART

Getting to know Asian fruits and vegetables


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a perfect time to explore these parts of the world by trying some of their unique fruits and vegetables. More


Healthy delicious recipes are in the Recipe BoxRecipe Box

May is Bike MonthMOVE MORE
May is Bike Month

Ride just 5 days in May and you could be eligible for great prizes.  Or ride to work on May 21st and be counted as one of the thousands of greater Puget Sound area bike commuters.  Listen to what King County employees have to say and hit the saddle . More


Bike to Work Day Rally - May 21, 2010

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine for an 8 a.m. rally at the Seattle City Hall Plaza.  Free bike maps, coffee and goodies!


Stress and anxiety can worsen allergy symptoms
STRESS LESS

Stress and anxiety can worsen allergy symptoms

This year's allergy season might not be an easy one for many sufferers, but a less stressful life may ease the allergy burden. More



Tobacco smoke can be an asthma triggerQUIT TOBACCO
Tobacco smoke can be an asthma trigger

Asthma and allergies are made more severe by exposure to tobacco smoke.  If you live with someone with asthma or allergies, protect them by . . .  More

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