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  • HEALTH MATTERS

    Dr. Wood: Let’s talk about mental health stigma

    With the increased availability of affordable health insurance and the requirement that plans cover both physical and behavioral health services, it should be easier to get health care services, including mental health treatment. Yet some people are reluctant to get mental health services or even...

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    Nurse-family partnership strengthens lives from the start

    Thurston County’s Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program starts children on a path toward success. With more than 30 years of experience nationally and more than 10 years locally, the evidence clearly shows that the NFP prevents child abuse and neglect and reduces the number of preterm births...

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    Maintaining home septic systems properly protects all of us

    When I first heard the term “environmental health,” I thought it had to do with polar bears, bees, and trees. It does. It also has to do with how the environment affects human health. We are all connected.

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    Learn how to increase resilience in community

    When individuals and communities face trauma — whether they be rapid onset shocks that result from a natural disaster or slow onset stresses, such as those caused by abuse or neglect — they need resilience to survive and recover. Resilient communities and individuals spring back from...

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    Partnerships critical when it comes to public health

    Remember when staying healthy was as easy as eating your fruits and vegetables, getting fresh air and sleeping soundly every night? As a mom, I still encourage my adult children to do those things, even after all these years. Being healthy still means making those healthful choices, but they increasingly...

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    As a parting gift, a few things to think about

    As I look over the hundreds of articles that I have written, I realize that I will no longer have this chance to regularly inform you, caution you or nag you into protecting yourself and staying healthier

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    Dr. Yu offers to-do list as she bids farewell

    As I look over the hundreds of articles that I have written, I realize that I will no longer have this chance to regularly inform you, caution you, or nag you. So I will leave you with this list of things to think about, things that you can do to stay healthy.

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    Prescription drug abuse is the elephant in the room

    The county's secure medicine take-back program is just one of several partnerships in the community that help prevent drug abuse. And it collected more than 5,500 pounds of meds last year – about the weight of an elephant.

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    Ways to ward off the 'D' word

    Gastrointestinal illnesses can be caused by a lot of different germs, but most are preventable by handling and preparing food properly, testing water supplies, and frequent hand washing.

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    HEALTH MATTERS: Test your well water every year

    For those of us who have our own wells, we are responsible for the safety of our own drinking water. There is no requirement for testing, but it is a good idea to test your drinking water regularly. The health department recommends testing for bacteria once a year and for nitrate at least every ...

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