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  • HEALTH MATTERS

    Thurston Thrives hits its stride

    Now in its second year, Thurston Thrives involves more than 100 local organizations and 300 individuals. Thurston County Public Health and Social Services has been working with volunteers on this initiative through its Action Teams. Each action team addresses different aspects of health in our community...

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    Dr. Wood: Parents need to stop addiction before it starts

    Because addiction’s roots are often in adolescence, parents, teachers, health care providers and public health officials need to work together to stop it before it starts — when our children are young.

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    Immunizations should be part of school checklist

    Now is the time to go over the checklist and make sure kids are ready for school. One very important item is making sure everyone in your family is up to date on immunizations.

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    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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