HEALTHY LIVING: Health briefs

Expressions hosts Alzheimer’s group

An Alzheimer’s Support Group for caregivers of friends and family members who experience memory loss meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Expressions at Enumclaw, 2454 Cole St.

To reserve a spot, call 360-825-4565 or visit

Free session on coping with grief

Living Court Assisted Living Community presents “Coping with Grief, Loss and Guilt” at 6 p.m. May 26.

This free discussion on emotional survival is part of the educational series at the facility, 2229 Jensen St., Enumclaw.

Kathy Knieriem with Franciscan Hospice will talk to participants about the cycle of grief and loss and how to increase coping skills. She has been a social worker for the past eight years and brings a wealth of information to the program.

To attend, call 360-825-0280.

Young people are getting healthier

Washington’s young people are exercising more, drinking less soda pop and taking advantage of healthier food choices in schools.

That’s the indication from the most recent Healthy Youth Survey, which shows that obesity rates for Washington’s youth haven’t gone up since the 2008 survey was completed. About 10 percent or more of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders are obese – boys more than girls.

Nationally, poor nutrition and lack of exercise have led to more and more overweight kids.

“Obese children are more likely to become obese adults,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “That’s why changes during the school years in physical activity and nutrition will improve our youths’ health for the rest of their lives.”

In the past two years, an estimated 35,000 more Washington youth have met physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes a day, five days a week.

Buy goodies, help with Relay effort

Support Enumclaw’s Relay For Life at a fundraising bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Living Court Assisted Living, 2229 Jensen St. For information, call 360-825-0280.

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