Dr. Diana T. Yu is the health officer for Thurston and Mason counties. Contact her at 360-867-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The high cost of owning and operating a car is driving many of us toward other options such as walking, bike riding, car-pooling, and taking the bus. If you must drive, a few simple things can make your ride greener and healthier and help save money.
When we cover our walls with color, we might choose warm earthy tones, cheerful bright colors, or sweet pastels. When making these paint choices, it’s easy to forget that paint contains chemicals that can be harmful if handled improperly.
Spring seems to create an entire to-do list. Clean up the grill, sweep the decks, spiff up the yard – and hopefully enjoy time outside. But if your yard needs some spring green, read on.
The current outbreak of whooping cough, or pertussis, has been in the news for weeks.
Spring is here, and nicer weather brings an opportunity to open windows, do some spring cleaning and try new approaches to creating healthier homes.
Breakfast literally means “break the fast.” By the time breakfast rolls around, many people have gone 8-12 hours without eating. By comparison, we eat every three to five hours throughout the day. Breakfast makes an important contribution to both the mind and body, yet it is the most frequently skipped meal.
Have you seen someone smoking without any smoke? Chances are they were using an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette.
Next time you are near a mirror, smile and take a good look at your teeth. How long has it been since your last dental exam? If it has been more than a year, or even six months, it is time for another checkup.
The recent “snowpocalypse” serves as a good reminder of what additional emergency preparation we need in our homes. Before the memory completely fades, jot down a to-do list of things you wished were in place to help you better weather the last storm. Then see how many you can accomplish before the next disruption.
What do bathroom fans, handrails, doormats, cleaning supplies, stuffed animals, downspouts, and crawl spaces have in common? They all can affect the health and well-being of people living in a home.