World Suicide Prevention Day 2017: Take a minute, change a life

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide worldwide, making suicide a public health problem that greatly impacts those individuals, their loved ones, and communities across the world. Despite the work of public health agencies, law enforcement, non-profit groups, and community organizations we are still seeing staggering […]

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A community of volunteers gives Elk Run Farm a new look

Elk Run Farm, a former golf course turned farm in Maple Valley, supplies South King County Food Coalition’s twelve food banks with local produce. The farm is in the midst of a summer full of growing and harvesting healthy produce thanks to three brand new buildings constructed by AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) volunteers. […]

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Cool off at lifeguarded beaches in King County

Summer is finally here, and arriving in full force with high temperatures expected this weekend. With hot weather, it is tempting to take a dip in our area’s lakes and rivers to cool off, but before you do, make sure there is a lifeguard on duty nearby. Already this year we’ve seen two drowning tragedies […]

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Meet the 5 chemicals you didn’t know were in vaping products

Youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping products doubled between 2012 and 2016, and now, use rates are higher for vaping products than traditional cigarettes. To help combat these rapidly increasing rates of youth vaping, Public Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish Health District, Spokane Regional Health District, […]

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Hot weather and dangerous rivers make safety a top concern

After the long and rainy winter, we know many of you are itching to spend some time outside, in and on the water, soaking up some rays (with at least SPF 15 on, of course). But, before jumping in, know the risks. The weather is warming up, but our area’s lakes, rivers and open water […]

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Looking for restaurant ratings online? We have a new search tool!

  Full inspection histories of all King County restaurants have been available online since 2001. For the past 16 years, inspection results could be searched on a website that, we admit, was starting to show its age. That’s why we partnered with King County Information Technology (KCIT) to create a restaurant inspection search tool to […]

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