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Special Olympics racing to better health

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016

Scott Tobin, 27, who plays basketball on a Special Olympics team in Cheney, works out at the small fitness center at his apartment complex Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Tobin has taken it upon himself to learn about fitness and nutrition to keep himself healthy and lose weight. He plans to help teach others about nutrition and fitness. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A high percentage of people with intellectual disabilities are obese, based on national body mass index data. Special Olympics Washington, the state-level organization, began a focus this year to increase community wellness approaches and reduce obesity rates among its athletes.

Sylvester Stallone, Trump appointee?

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 1:23 p.m.

In this Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, actor and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone looks on during a news conference promoting the movie "Creed" outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Stallone says he’s flattered, but no thank you, to a rumored offer of the chairmanship to the National Endowment for the Arts. (Matt Slocum / AP)
Looks as if the Trump administration is off to a “Rocky” start – actor Sylvester Stallone says he is “flattered” to be mentioned as a possible appointee of President-elect Donald Trump to the National Endowment for the Arts, but it seems he does not want the job.

SAD light can be solution for darker days

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 10 a.m.

Lightbar patrons are bathed in a reddish glow from special lights in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Designed to mimic sunlight, light boxes are now being featured at a this bar and a cafe in Seattle to help those with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, an energy-sapping depression that occurs at the same time each year and affects an estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans. Lightbar has walls leading to the high, barrel-vault ceiling that are bathed in ever-changing colors, such as a deep blue that mimics the sky just before sunrise and a red that evokes a winter sunset. (Don Ryan / AP)
I’ve had SAD since I was a child. I’m not one to suffer from depression – my SAD is not the depression side but more SAD lite. I find that my get-up-and-go just got up and went. But decades ago I found a treatment, a non-drug therapy, that seems to work for me and it’s a SAD light.

Focusing on seniors: Business owners follow the demographics

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016

In this Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, photo, Jeffrey Tremblay, CEO of SYNERGY HomeCare of Venice, poses for a photo at his office, in Venice, Fla. Some business owners looking for customers and clients are following the nation's changing demographics, literally. Some are relocating to Florida, Arizona, and California, expecting retiring baby boomers to migrate to warmer climates. (Chris O'Meara / AP)
Some small business owners looking for customers are following the nation’s changing demographics – literally. They’re moving long distances to places like Florida, Arizona and California, expecting retiring baby boomers to migrate to warmer climates.

Schools create moments of calm for stressed-out students

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016

For much of last Thursday morning, Caroline Maher’s head was filled with anxiety – about the long essay due in her English class, the work for her two advanced placement classes, her after-school practice to prepare for an upcoming dance-team performance. In school and after school – with homework, youth-group meetings and a weekend job – nearly every minute of the 16-year-old’s time is scheduled. But for 20 minutes each day at Roosevelt High in Seattle – part of a break the school instituted for all students this fall – she has time to breathe. With her feet on the floor and hands in her lap shortly after her U.S. history class ended, she took three deep breaths and a long slow exhale out.

Slowing down hospital discharge requires fast action

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016

Frequently, seniors and their families are caught by surprise when a transfer from the hospital is at hand, but every older adult admitted to a hospital as an inpatient has the right to challenge a discharge if he or she feels unprepared to leave. (Handout / Tribune News Service)
Every older adult admitted to a hospital as an inpatient has the right to challenge a discharge if he or she feels unprepared to leave. But few people understand the process that’s involved.

Why hospital patients go to nursing homes with poor ratings

Mon., Dec. 19, 2016

The selection of a nursing home can be critical: 39 percent of facilities have been cited by health inspectors over the past three years for harming a patient or operating in such a way that injuries are likely, government records show. Yet many case managers at hospitals do not share objective information or their own knowledge about nursing home quality. Some even push their own facilities over comparable or better alternatives.

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