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Program Methods Questioned
8:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Army Surgeon General Suspends Trust Enhancement Program Following Investigation

Program’s Director, Claudette Elliott. Investigators claim Elliott encouraged employees to participate in what were deemed to be questionable practices, including the unauthorized use of Wiccan rituals and energy readings.
Courtesy/LinkedIn

  

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the program director, Claudette Elliott.

The Army has suspended the Trust and Enhancement Sustainment Task Force, a program that was created to help improve patient care by building on trust. Documents from the investigation obtained by KUOW show that investigators found the task force lacked the structure and employee training standards needed to execute its mission.

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Women-Only Swim
7:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle Immigrant Women Overcome Cultural Constraints To Exercise

The non-profit group Neighborhood House and Seattle Parks and Recreation found a way to provide access to swimming to more than 400 women with diverse cultural backgrounds.Their efforts were recently recognized by the Washington State Drowning Prevention Coalition. From left: Diane Jones, Denise Sharify, Masara Hamam, Jen Calleja, Ayaan Aden and Trang Hoang.
Credit Denise Sharify / Neighborhood House

Physical activity is good for the body and mind, though finding time to exercise can be a challenge. But for some people, time is not the only issue. Many Muslim women find that cultural constraints limit their options. A group of immigrant women in Seattle found a way to overcome that challenge.

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Creating A Safe Market
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

For Regulators, Marijuana Legalization All About 'Getting Into The Weeds'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:50 pm

SEATTLE – When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

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Brain Health
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

How To Make Your Brain Smarter

Your brain may need a new fitness plan.
Daniele Oberti Flickr

In her new book, "Make Your Brain Smarter," Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman offers tools to customize your own brain fitness plan. She talks with Ross Reynolds about strategies and exercises you can do to train your brain to think smarter.

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Fruit, Not Fries
11:29 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

Students select blueberries and rolls from the food line at Lincoln Elementary in Olympia, Wash., in 2004.
John Froschauer AP

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 1:49 pm

Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa.

New nutritional guidelines, announced in 2012, require public school lunchrooms to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk and fewer starchy sides like french fries. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they're being offered?

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Gardening Tips
10:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Greendays Gardening: Pledge Drive Edition

What a beautiful weekend we just had! Did you start a gardening project, do some weeding, or walk the neighborhood and get new ideas? Our gardening experts Greg Rabourn, Marty Wingate and Lisa Taylor join us to answer your questions at 206.543.5869. Show your appreciation for their expertise and become a member of KUOW at 206.543.9595. 

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Substance Abuse Suggestions
7:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Help For Families Who Struggle With Addicts

The defendant charged in the recent  death of two pedestrians in Seattle’s Wedgewood neighborhood has faced DUIs in the past. Like thousands of other families, Mark Mullan's family has struggle with his addiction.

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Shouting Won't Help
8:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Myths About Hearing Loss, And What You Can Do About It

'Shouting Won't Help' by Katherine Bouton.
Credit Courtesy/Sarah Crichton Books

Katherine Bouton was going deaf by age 30. During meetings at The New York Times, where she was a section editor, she had trouble hearing what her colleagues were saying during meetings. Shouting, she says, didn't help her hear any better. 

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Family Assistance
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New DSHS Plan To Protect Children In Washington State

Kevin Quigley, Courtesy DSHS

Part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget, released Thursday, includes adding money to help the state Department of Social and Health Services intervene more quickly in cases of possible child abuse.

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Food Systems Regulations
7:24 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Long Road To Safety Changes In Food Systems

Bill Marler is a food safety attorney in Seattle. He represented families affected by the deadly Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak 20 years ago. He says the proposed food safety rules will start some changes that are long overdue, but there are still some gaps.
Credit Marler Clark

Salmonella. E.coli. Listeria. Every year about 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Some people become seriously ill and need to be hospitalized. More than 3 million of those illnesses are from tainted produce.

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Long Road To Food Safety
7:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Contaminated Burgers In Seattle Trigger FDA Changes, 20 Years Later

Allysa (left) and her mother Connie Chrobuck in a recent photo.
Courtesy the Chrobuck family

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public.

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Ask The Nutritionist
11:45 am
Thu March 21, 2013

What To Do If You’re Addicted To Potato Chips (And Other Unhealthy Foods)

So tempting: fish, chips and a Scotch egg.
Flickr Photo/Aelith

According to the Center for Disease Control, adults in the United States consumed on average 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food during the years 2007-2010.

Do you find yourself at the drive through more often than you'd like? Ross Reynolds sits down with nutritionist Judy Simon to talk healthy eating.

Military Mental Health
5:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Army Investigation Clears Madigan Commander

Madigan Army Medical Center Commander Col. Dallas Homas.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA

An investigation into improper leadership involvement in diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center has cleared Hospital Commander Col. Dallas Homas of any wrongdoing.

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Executive Pay
5:17 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Striking Providence Hospital Workers Criticize Nonprofit CEO’s $6 Million Pay

More than 500 workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia are on strike.

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Teen Health
7:39 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Washington Teens Continue To Struggle With Mental Health Issues

Every two years Washington state surveys public schools students about their health and health behaviors. The response are voluntary and anonymous. Policymakers use the information to make decisions about which health issues to focus on and fund.
Credit alamosbasement / Flickr

Fewer teens are smoking and drinking alcohol. That’s one of the bright spots from a recent survey of youth in Washington state. But the results also show that a large number of them are struggling with mental health issues.

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