Health and Fitness


State insurance program improving customer service

Insurance companies now receiving payments directly

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the state’s insurance marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, last week announced that existing customers have to make premium payments directly to their insurance companies.

Farm Workers dietician offers tips to combat childhood obesity

In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.

No increase in waste in school cafeterias under new guidelines

In a study that compared food waste in elementary school cafeterias before and after the implementation of the new school lunch guidelines

Sunnyside Community Hospital brings on plastic surgeon

Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics welcomes Dr. Davis Bronson, Plastic Surgeon, to its medical staff.

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Free program helps businesses manage employee health care

WellnessWorks, a free program offered to local businesses by Sunnyside Community Hospital, helps employers get a grip on health care issues.

State’s toddlers at risk for preventable diseases

New immunization rates show many toddlers across the state aren’t getting vaccinated for certain diseases on time, if at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national immunization survey.

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Giving cancer the cold shoulder

Radiation, chemotherapy and invasive surgery are all common options for dealing with cancerous tumors.

Breastfeeding-friendly hospitals help create ‘Healthiest Next Generation’

Breastfeeding can give babies a healthy start in life.

Healthy tips for students heading off to college

College is a time for students to learn to be responsible for themselves, whether it’s waking up on time, studying or even deciding what to eat.

Death with Dignity participation rises slightly

It has been six years since Washington’s Death with Dignity Act went into effect, and since that time 725 adults with a terminal illness have chosen to end their lives with a physician-prescribed lethal dose of medication.

Heart health – know your numbers

Doctors at Baylor College of Medicine suggest people take control of their heart health, and the first step is knowing your numbers and how they can contribute to heart attacks and stroke.

Too much sun isn’t bright idea

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it’s best to consider your SPFs.

Interactive chart gives clues on weight changes

Parents now have a visual tool to help them keep their child’s weight gain on track.

Surgery may permanently fix sweaty palms

A procedure may offer a permanent solution to an often sticky problem – sweaty palms.

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Free health check-ups

Sunnyside’s Leticia Ortega, Dora Lozano and Virginia Rodriguez (L-R) are among the more than 25 local women who sought free health screenings provided by staff from Spokane’s Providence Sacred Health Medical Center Women’s Health Mammography Coach (above).