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News doesn’t just inform us, it plays an important role in the choices we make everyday. It helps us understand the communities we live in and the people around us. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, angry, or sad. It can also be uplifting, make you laugh and even inspire you. News is about listening and telling a story. It’s about the facts, trust and empathy.

Being a journalist is more than a profession for me, it’s a passion. It’s about building relationships in the community where I live. It’s allowed me to travel the country and afforded me the pleasure to meet so many wonderful people along the way.

Over the years, I’ve become especially interested in helping people live healthier lives. The desire to be healthy is something we all have in common. I enjoy being able to pass along information that helps people make informed choices about their own health and that of their family. You can catch my “Healthy Living” segments each week on Q13 and make sure to send me topics or ideas you think I should be covering.

I landed in the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and am proud to call it home. This is more than a place I live, it’s where I am raising my family and setting down roots. I enjoy the mountains and the water, the culture, the wide variety of fresh seafood and yes, even the rain.

Thanks for stopping by, and more importantly making Q13 your choice in local news.

Recent Articles
  • Healthy Living: CDC closer to answers on mysterious illness, AFM

    We expect to learn more soon about a rare and mysterious illness affecting kids across the country. We’re learning more about Acute Flaccid Myelitis , or AFM.  It’s a serious, and rare condition that resembles polio.  This year the Centers for Disease Control says there have been nine confirmed cases in Washington state.  Although we still don’t know what’s causing AFM, a team of experts are getting closer to some answers. AFM affects the spinal cord and causes limb weakness and even […]

  • Healthy Living: UW researchers testing new contraceptive gel for men

    Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine are one of three U.S. cities testing a male contraceptive gel they call an important step in lowering the burden couples to share in contraception. 

  • Healthy Living: First step in managing holiday stress is to be proactive

    This time of year we tell each other, ‘have a happy holiday’.  Experts say it’s equally important we focus on having a ‘healthy holiday’. Let’s face it, the holiday season can be overwhelming for some, leading to stress, anxiety and even depression.  Not to worry, there are steps you can take now to help manage the weeks ahead. “Right now there are a lot of expectations that things need to be a certain way or I have to be a […]

  • Healthy Living: CDC forms task force to investigate polio-like illness

    So far this year, there have been 106 confirmed cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis , or AFM nationwide.  That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control . As a result and after public pressure, especially from parents with kids affected by AFM, the CDC has established a task force to investigate.  A group of experts in the fields of science, medicine and public health will focus on finding out what causes the rare, polio-like illness. Adam Spoerri is recovering from AFM.  He is […]

  • Healthy Living: New cholesterol guidelines

    Recently, the American Heart Association updated it’s guidelines to treat and prevent high cholesterol. Most importantly, the AHA encourages people to working with their health care provider adding that it’s the only sure way to know whether you need treatment for high cholesterol. The new guidelines focus on lifestyle, including healthy eating and physical activity.  When done together regularly, doctors say both are proven to lower LDL cholesterol. In addition, they recommend people start monitoring cholesterol early in life.  In […]

  • Healthy Living: Gold Star mom donating AEDs to keep military hearts beating

    Not a day goes by, Laurie Finlayson doesn’t think about her son, David. “All his whole life he wanted to go into the military,” Finlayson explains.  “We were proud of him and supportive when he decided to join the Marines at the age of 23.” David loved motorcycles, anything fast and according to his mom, blowing things up. “I want him to be remembered as a proud Marine who never missed his target, who loved what he did and who […]

  • Healthy Living: Daylight Saving Time & your health

    Who doesn’t love an extra hour of daylight to get things done?  Another hour of sleep, yes!  Daylight Saving Time has been around for decades, first established in the U.S. in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act, according to CNN.  In the mid 1970’s, Congress extended Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy during the energy crisis. As a result most states still Spring forward in March and Fall back in November, losing an hour of sleep in the […]

  • Healthy Living: 15 minute meals that pack a healthy punch

    LIGHTENING FAST BEEF & BEAN CHILI * Sauté one chopped onion in oil or butter in a large sauce pan or Dutch oven-until onion is translucent * Sauté a pound of ground beef, bison or chicken * Time for seasoning! Make it a no-brainer by adding in one packet of taco seasoning (TJ’s has a good one). Add a little at a time and taste along the way J otherwise it might be a bit too hot for you * […]

  • Women and stroke risk with Dr. Nancy Isenberg, VMMC

    Healthy Living: Worldwide Stroke Day, Think F.A.S.T. to save lives

    Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in Washington State according to the State Department of Health.  It’s also the leading cause of long-term disability worldwide. Since stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, it’s important to know the warning signs. To recognize stroke, remember to act F.A.S.T. Face:  Ask a person to smile.  Does one side of their face droop. Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms.  Does one arm drift downward? Speech: Ask the person […]

  • Healthy Living: Candy alternatives for a healthier Halloween