With Daylight Saving Time and spring just around the corner, we’re excited to step up our activity levels and embrace all the health and wellness activities the Marysville Tulalip community has to offer. Here’s just a sample. 

City of Marysville

Dozens of city parks and some amazing trails for walking and biking offer a range of free outdoor experiences with something for everyone. We’re excited this year to connect Bayview Trail to Centennial Trail and build a new Olympic View Park in south Sunnyside connecting to the Ebey Waterfront Trail. 

The city also offers many affordable sports, fitness and wellness classes and activities for all ages and abilities. A quick look shows you can sign up for an adult softball league, take a CPR/First Aid class, learn self-defense, practice tai chi/yoga/Zumba and get a massage! Review the many options and sign up for the one that’s right for you at https://apm.activecommunities.com/marysvillewa/Activity_Search.

And it’s not too early to plan ahead and mark your calendars for fun outdoor activities coming this spring. Among them are the Kids’ Fishing Derby at Jennings Park on May 4 and Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 1. Look for more information coming soon. 

Marysville School District

We like to remind our students and families that keeping a healthy body helps to create a healthy mind. Many important factors play into this:

νAdequate sleep: children need at least 10-12 hours of sleep per night for healthy brain development.

νSchedule/routine: regular bedtimes and wake times and predictable schedules help to instill a sense of security. 

νProper nutrition: a blend of fresh fruit and vegetables, along with adequate protein, carbohydrates and hydration are important to healthy body and mind development.

νReduced screen time: research is showing that too much screen time may negatively impact a child’s developing brain.

νSocial, emotional, mental health: know who your child’s friends are and where they spend their time, monitor social media accounts, and talk together on a regular basis such during family dinner time.

νHealth and wellness check-ups: regular health and dental check-ups are an important part of your child’s overall health and well-being.

νOutdoor activities/fresh air: increased outside play and activities on a regular basis improves overall health and mental wellness.

The Marysville and Tulalip community offers many opportunities that support healthy choices. We invite you to challenge yourselves and family members to embrace the beauty of our local community and get moving!

Tulalip Tribes

The Karen I. Fryberg Tulalip Health Clinic has a new website with many wonderful resources for health and wellness to better yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. 

One of the award-recognized programs is the Diabetes Care and Prevention Program, which received the 2016 Indian Health Service Portland Area Director’s Award Recognition of Excellence. Every Thursday this month from March 7 through March 28, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Miguel Arteaga (RN) and Natasha LeVee (PharmaD) will provide information about living a positive life with diabetes and participants share a light meal. If interested, join us at the Karen I. Fryberg Conference Room at the Health Clinic. For more information contact Veronica Leahy, Diabetes Program Coordinator, at 360-716-5642 or Brooke Morrison, Program Administrative Assistant, at 360-716-5617, or go to https://www.tulaliphealthsystem.com/

At the Hibulb Cultural Center every 2nd Thursday of the month, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a Suicide Survivor Support Group meets. Because wellness is directly connected to mental health, please note the 24-Hour Crisis Line provided by Volunteers of America, 1-800-584-3578. You can also get more information and use the chat services at www.imhurting.org.

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

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