Health & Wellness

Wellness Wednesday | How to manage stress in a healthy way

Apr 10, 2024 | By: Scot Fleshman

Not many things in life can be guaranteed. Except for death, taxes, and stress! While each person may experience stress differently, it’s usually defined as a feeling of “physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension.” There is no limit to how frequently stress may occur, and for some, even a brief stressful encounter can have

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Feasibility studies recommend contiguous recreation, senior, aquatics centers

Mar 21, 2024 | By:

PenMet also advanced a master plan for Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve to the final design phase.

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Wellness Wednesday | Heart health awareness: Education and tips for a healthier future

Feb 14, 2024 | By: Scot Fleshman

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. With that singular statistic, it is vital that we focus on February as American Heart Month. This awareness month was “established by President Lyndon B. Johnson under Presidential Proclamation 3566 in December 1963.” With that in mind, we are using February to

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PenMet Parks’ new pricing policy generates debate

Feb 08, 2024 | By:

Under the change that takes effect for spring programs, those outside PenMet boundaries must pay 20% more and wait a week to register.

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Senior sailor seeks to circle the globe — again

Feb 08, 2024 | By: Chapin Day

Sailor Jack van Ommen turns 87 on Feb. 28. A former resident, he lists Gig Harbor as his home port, although he hasn’t been around here much in recent years and probably won’t be here for his birthday. He’s sailed around the world in two 30-foot sailboats, finishing just after turning 80. He wants to

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Jennifer Preston | A place to play

Jan 17, 2024 | By:

The purpose of play “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw Forward-thinking municipalities know good things happen when citizens have a place to gather and grow. A thriving, local community provides both space and events for people of all ages and abilities to

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Wellness Wednesday | How to create lasting healthy habits for the New Year

Jan 10, 2024 | By: Scot Fleshman

Did you know “only 9% of Americans who make resolutions complete them? In fact, research goes on to show that 23% of people quit their resolution by the end of the first week, and 43% quit by the end of January.” Even still, people are highly focused on specific New Year’s resolutions and goals. In

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Wellness Wednesday: Thriving Through the Holidays – A Guide to Managing Stress

Dec 13, 2023 | By: By Scot Fleshman

Holiday stresses can come from a variety of sources, including financial strain, rocky relationships, exhaustion and unmet expectations.

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Church service accommodates those struggling through holidays

Dec 12, 2023 | By:

Gig Harbor United Methodist Church’s Blue Christmas service is structured for people experiencing grief and difficulties that can come with the season.

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PenMet community recreation center becoming reality in 2024

Dec 05, 2023 | By:

Construction has begun on the $31.6 million facility that will occupy much of PenMet’s time and money next year.

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