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Helping you stay healthy

 

February 7, 2018 | View PDF



Health is influenced by our environment's day-to-day circumstances and experiences. Marysville’s 2016 Health Profile prepared by the Snohomish Health District reports that cardiovascular disease and cancer represent the leading causes of death at 49.7 percent. Stress, smoking, excessive use of alcohol or caffeine, lack of exercise and drug abuse are all contributing factors to these diseases. So how do we work individually and collectively to change this statistic?

Marysville School District

A wellness committee made up of staff, students and community members is being developed to help the District be more strategic when it comes to ensuring students are moving during the school day, as this is critical to supporting their physical, emotional and mental health. The committee will help analyze data related to the amount of physical education students are getting each day, and will help identify ways we can support and encourage students to live a healthy lifestyle.

The District also continues to partner with the Marysville Together Coalition to respond to our community’s needs, promote wellness, and strengthen families through programs and events. In addition, the District provides free Mental Health First Aid Training to our entire community, and has implemented Signs of Suicide Curriculum and Social-Emotional Learning presentations and screening in all secondary schools. The District also has mental health therapists, Student Assistance Professionals (SAPs), and Prevention and Intervention Specialists (PRIs) in all secondary schools to provide targeted assistance with mental health issues, drug and alcohol resources, and student support.

These programs enable our schools to address the challenges and opportunities unique to our students and community, and would not be possible without the support of our local taxpayers. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, contact Emily Wicks at Emily_Wicks@msd25.org.

City of Marysville

The city offers many affordable sports, fitness and wellness classes and activities for all ages and abilities. In just the month of February you can sign up for an adult softball league, take a CPR/First Aid class, learn self-defense, practice yoga/Zumba/clogging and get a massage! Search the many options and find a fit that’s right for you at https://wa-marysville2.civicplus.com/147/Parks-Culture-Recreation.

It’s not too early to plan ahead and mark your calendars for fun outdoor activities including YMCA Healthy Kids Day on April 28, the Kids’ Fishing Derby on May 5 and Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 2.

Keeping prescription drugs out the wrong hands plays a big part in community health. You can drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the Marysville Police Department, 1635 Grove St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tulalip Tribes

In January, the Tulalip Tribes Clinical Pharmacy announced the new Expired/Unused Drugs and Sharps disposal services. They installed two secured aluminum kiosks inside the pharmacy consultation area to take unused/expired drugs and used sharps from our patients at no charge ($5 disposal fee for non-customers). The new service will help remove these hazardous items from your homes and prevent unnecessary accidents from happening.

Acceptable disposal items include unused or expired prescription medications (including controlled substances), over-the counter medications, and pet medications. Please ask for assistance at the pharmacy counter before putting any disposal items into the kiosks.

Understanding how the conditions in our community affect our physical and mental health is an important step to creating a healthier Marysville and Tulalip. As organizations deeply invested in the success of our community and our residents, we ask you to join us in committing to a healthier future.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the Marysville School District, Tulalip Tribes and City of Marysville about topics of interest.

 

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