Seattle soda tax to fund education, nutrition programs

Funds from the tax will go towards education and making healthy food more accessible to low-income communities.
Jun 7, 2017

Jessamyn Stanley on being fat, black and a yoga instructor

Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body positive activist, wants yoga to be accessible to those who need it most.
Apr 20, 2017

Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

More than 70 percent of care for nonviolent trauma, such as burns and vehicle accidents, were performed on men, Doctors Without Borders found.
Apr 18, 2017

Trump’s immigration talk leads families to seek mental health support

Organizations have started to provide talk therapy, group therapy, yoga and more to address anxiety caused by shifts in immigration policies.
Mar 21, 2017

Suicide prevention: It’s not just a counselor’s job, it’s everyone’s job

There are three different bills in the Washington State Legislature the advocates say offer simple means to reduce the number of suicides.
Mar 17, 2017
Over the next several months, this emoji based rating system will begin popping up in restaurant windows from Lake Forrest Park to South Park. (Image via Seattle & King County Public Health)

New food safety ratings speak a universal language: emoji

New food safety ratings for restaurants in Seattle will use emojis to fight consumer confusion.
Jan 17, 2017
Martha Langarica, right, holds her 4-month-old daughter, Mia, as Evelyn Reyes, 16 months old, takes a closer look. The families were visiting Open Arms Perinatal Services to get advice from the doulas and personnel at the center, as well as diapers. (Photo by Johnny Andrews / The Seattle Times)

Culturally sensitive doulas offer a vital lifeline to new moms

Statistics suggest doulas can help reduce preterm labor and C-section rates, but they can also help bring important cultural traditions to labor and birth.
Jan 13, 2017

Will Grandma have a place in the new Chinatown-International District?

Advocates are worried about how a 300-unit hotel and apartment development will negatively impact the Chinatown-ID’s most vulnerable residents.
Dec 5, 2016

Who needs access to health care?

Three comic artists illustrated the stories of people seeking treatment at a massive free health care clinic at Key Arena.
Dec 1, 2016
Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's, answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Anti vax movement puts Somali American kids at risk

A recent study found children of Somali-born parents were less likely to be immunized against measles, prompting calls for better public health outreach.
Nov 17, 2016

Where was the real talk about lowering health care costs this election?

Why do Americans pay so much more for health care? The real problem neither Trump or Hillary are talking about.
Nov 8, 2016
(Photo via Feng Shui Trend)

A love letter to the trolls

It's been a year since a local studio's yoga classes for people of color exploded into a national backlash. Laura Humpf says weathering the attacks made her a better person.
Oct 28, 2016

Western eating disorders hit Uganda, hurting teen girls’ health

Eating disorders are on the rise in Uganda as the country is increasingly influenced by images from around the world.
Oct 19, 2016

I am a Black, Muslim woman, and I choose a career in health care

All fields in the health care industry are far behind in reflecting the nation's diversity. Thankfully, the Summer Medical and Dental Education program is expanding to widen pathways to these professions.
Sep 19, 2016

Anti-vaccine parents in Uganda face jail time under new law

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children could now face six months in jail or a fine under a Ugandan law that went into effect in March.
Aug 23, 2016

Redmond mosque opens health clinic for patients in need

The new monthly health clinic providing free or subsidized care for patients in need is first of its kind in Washington state to be based in a mosque.
Jul 19, 2016

Brazil’s Zika mothers are speaking out

While health experts are still scrambling to explain the link between Zika and birth defects, a generation of new mothers fight to ensure that their children have a voice
Jun 28, 2016
Mourners hug at a gathering at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday to commemorate the victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. (Photo by Chloe Collyer)

What to do when the news leaves you with a heavy heart

Some tools from a Feldenkrais practitioner to help you address physical pain of grief in the wake of tragedies like the Pulse shooting.
Jun 23, 2016

First Zika case identified in King County

A King County resident who had been in Colombia was diagnosed with the Zika infection, the first case in the county.
May 4, 2016
Brown uses the feathers of a bird native to a Huichol land in Mexico to conduct spiritual readings. (Photo by Cristina Acuña)

Washington shaman consult spirits to treat anxiety and depression

I assumed the shamanic healing used to treat my mental illness back in Peru wouldn't be an option here in the Northwest. It turns out I was wrong.
Apr 6, 2016