March 2013

"Spring is a heart full of hope and a shoe full of rain" -- Unknown


To Your Health!



"Americans living longer but less healthy lives, UW-led research finds" by LocalHealthGuide.

"Bitter Pill: The Exorbitant Prices of Health Care", Steven Brill talks to TIME about his cover story on the outrageous pricing and egregious profits that are destroying our health care.


March Calendar

March 3rd - 9th is Patient Safety Week. Also see the NPSF Universal Patient Compact.

March 5th - 11th is National Sleep Awareness Week (National Sleep Foundation).

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

March 11th - 17th is Brain Awareness Week (Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives).

March 11th - 17th is National MS Awareness Week.

March 14th is World Kidney Day.

March 20th is the First Day of Spring.

March 27th is American Diabetes Day (American Diabetes Association).

March 27th - April 2nd is National Tsunami Awareness Week (for more information, contact or visit

American Red Cross Month

National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month (National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association)

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

National Endometriosis Awareness Month

National Eye Donor Month

National Nutrition Month (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Trisomy Awareness Month

Pacific Northwest Events in March

In honor of National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day, the Snohomish Health District is partnering with local and federal agencies to host a free Health & Beauty Fair for Women of Color on Saturday, March 9 at Edmonds Community College. The Women of Color Health & Beauty will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Woodway Building off 204th Street near the golf course. It features inspirational speakers, health screenings, beauty services, community health resources, and a light lunch--all free.

Free Health Screenings

  • Cholesterol, diabetes and BMI Screening
  • Rapid HIV testing
  • Breast and cervical health resources
  • Flu and whooping cough vaccinations

Free Beauty Services

  • Eyebrow waxing and skin care demonstrations
  • Manicures
  • Natural hair styling tips
  • Nutrition and exercise resources, plus a Zumba class

This event is sponsored by AIDS Project Snohomish County, Edmonds Community College, Medical Reserve Corps, Molina Health Care, Office of Women’s Health--Region X, Snohomish Health District Verdant Health and the YWCA. For more information on the event, visit

Saturday, March 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm:

Three Key Ingredients for Successful Aging in Place. More and more people want to continue living in their own home as they age. This desire can present some challenges for individuals and families. NEST, a local aging in place resource, uses a national model to support NE Seattle residents to continue living confidently in their homes. This model could be adopted by other communities and families. University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Avenue NE.

Thursday & Friday, March 14th & 15th, 1:00-5:00pm:

AARP Driver Safety Course. Learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques & how to safely operate your vehicle in today’s challenging driving conditions. Learn how to accommodate for changes to vision, hearing, & reaction time. You may be eligible for an insurance discount after completing this course. Register in Advance, $12 AARP members / $14 non-AARP members *Join us for lunch before class on Friday. Part of Wallingford Community Senior Center Programming. Call 206-461-7825 or email, with questions or to register.

Saturday, March 16th, 10:00am to 2:00pm:

Seattle Children's Community Open House and Family Fest. Celebrate the opening of the first phase of Building Hope: Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care Expansion at Seattle Children's.

Sunday, March 24th, 5:00-8:00pm:

NEST Presents: An Evening with Nancy Pearl A NEST fundraising gala. Tickets are $75 (a large portion of which is a tax-deductible donation). This evening includes a delicious buffet dinner, drinks, and live music in celebration of our Northeast Seattle neighborhoods. Visit to purchase tickets, or call 206.525.6378.

Recipe of the Month

Seared Mahi Mahi with Salsa

4- 3 ½ oz Mahi Mahi steaks
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove, pressed
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup low-sodium tamari
2 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
4 green onions cut into 2-inch wedges
Lime wedges for garnish

Mix oil, garlic, pepper, and tamari in a shallow dish. Place the Mahi Mahi in a dish, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Turn, and chill for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the following ingredients for the salsa into a glass bowl, and leave at room temperature.

1 sweet onion, finely chopped
6 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
4 mild green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat a cast iron skillet or ridged stove-top griddle over medium heat. Add the Mahi Mahi when the skillet or griddle is hot.

Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top, and press down onto fish.

Cook for 5 minutes. Turn over, top the Mahi Mahi with green onions, cover, and cook for 5 more minutes until done. The fish should be firm, lightly brown and moist. Transfer to plates and serve with salsa.

Health Tip: Mahi Mahi is an excellent source of protein, rich in many nutrients. Although Mahi Mahi is not a fatty fish, it's a healthy alternative to meats and poultry that contain a lot of saturated fat, especially when it's cooked without added fat or salt.

Calories 109
Protein 24g
Cholesterol 94 mg
0.9 g fat (1/4g saturated fat)
Excellent source of protein, potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12.