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From Sickness to Health, a Tacoma Central Community Outreach Project, is an informative yet comedic approach to healthy living. The entertaining program is geared for all types of people to empower individuals with knowledge on health and educate them on how to make those healthy choices.

This year’s 3rd Annual Sickness to Health will be held Sept. 5-9 and the event is free to attend. It will be hosted by national health coach, television host and author Rico Hill and held at Tacoma Community College’s campus cafeteria, 6501 S. 19th St. Times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (free food samples nightly) and Sunday at 2 p.m. (with a full meal served).

Topics covered will include: “When Hearts Attack – How to prevent your heart from attacking you,” “Read Between the Labels,” “Where’s the REST of My Sleep?” and “Defeat Diabetes.” Attendees will learn how to optimize health and increase energy, simple and practical health principals, and how to overcome lifestyle disease including diabetes and high blood pressure. In all, more than a dozen topics will be covered As event coordinator for the 3rd Annual New Life Challenge – From Sickness to Health Seminar, it is always a joy to see the many transformations in the lives of people who attend this,said Nelson Miles. “The seminar supplies everyone with health knowledge, cooking demonstrations, and personal health evaluations. And while attending this five-day course, you meet others and make friends.

Those who have attended the seminar have good things to say about it as well, such as Willie Ragan. “My wife convinced me to come to Rico’s seminar two years ago. Best move I’ve made in recent memory. His presentation was full of information, research and fun. I learned about a healthier lifestyle and a host of alternative choices to combat some of the diseases and sicknesses we as a people and society seem to be plagued with. My family has a history of heart problems and high blood pressure. I’ve dropped around 15 pounds and have been able to keep it off for more than a year without dieting. That may not seem like a lot of weight, but in my case, it made a world of a difference. I highly recommend this seminar to anyone that is ready to live a healthier life without totally relying on the medical system.

Marsha Jones said goodbye to drinking about 30 Dr. Peppers a day.

I decided to attend Rico Hills’s ‘The New Life’ 10week course. Wow! What a difference. The fact-based principles for healthy living really do work,” she said. The steps are real solutions to maximizing health and wellness. I always felt welcome in the classes. With a little discipline and steps to follow, soon I realized I COULD feel better and be the CEO of my own system. I would heartily recommend anybody going through the process and the classes. We had encouragement all the way.

Seats are limited so register now at https://sickness2health.evenbrite.com or www.taccop.com, where you can read more on what’s on the agenda.


Google.org is giving a grant to the USO to provide training and career guidance for transitioning military personnel, military spouses, and veterans. The $2.5 million grant will enable USO to incorporate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programming. Starting on Oct. 1, the program will be available at the USO Pathfinder Transition office in Sea-Tac Airport and Joint Base Lewis McChord.

“There is an opportunity to re-equip service members with IT skills as they move onto their next chapter after military service and to help address the spouse unemployment/underemployment problem with highly portable careers in the IT industry,” said USO Senior Vice President of Operations, Programs and Transition Alan Reyes. “Through innovative partnerships like this, USO and Google will be able to provide the resources and programs that support the needs of transitioning service members and their families as well as help to minimize the workforce gap in the IT industry.”

“The transition process is complex, and we hope Grow with Google’s new tools and resources can play a part in making that easier,” said Google’s Vice President of Grow with Google Lisa Gevelber. “At Google, we believe technology has the power to improve lives. With today’s announcement, we look forward to working with America’s transitioning service members to help them succeed in civilian life.”

The IT Support Professional Certificate is a first-of-its kind program with highly interactive content, developed by Google, which provides a direct route for those who successfully complete the program to get their information into the hands of employers. As the majority of IT support positions do not require a college degree but do require prior experience, this certificate is designed to give learners the training and experience they need to get a job in this growing field. With 150,000 specific-IT job openings available across the United States, this program will provide an almost immediate benefit for companies seeking to fill these positions.

Learners who complete the certificate program will have the opportunity to share their information directly with more than 20 top employers who are looking to hire IT Support talent. The group of employers includes Cognizant, Bank of America, GE Digital, Hulu, Infosys, Intel, Kforce, MCPc, PNC Bank, RICOH USA, Sprint, TEKSystems, UPMC, Veterans United Home Loans, ten members of the Walmart family: Sam’s Club, Shoes.com, Jet, Allswell, Bonobos, Hayneedle, Modcloth, Moosejaw, Store No 8, Vudu and of course, Google.

The announcement was part of a series of new tools and resources Google introduced to help create economic opportunity for transitioning service members and military spouses. Beginning today, service members can now search [“jobs for veterans”] on Google and then enter their military occupational specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles. Additionally, employers can implement this feature on their own career sites using Google Cloud’s Talent Solution API. Fedex, Pepsi and GettingHired have already implemented the API on their job boards.

To help veteran-owned or led businesses identify themselves to potential customers, Google Maps and Search will offer a new attribute. The “Veteran-Led” designation will appear when searching for a place on Android or iOS mobile device or in Google Maps when they open a business listing and tap the two-line description of the business to see the attributes associated with that business.

The IT Support Professional Certificate is a key program in Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to create more economic opportunities for Americans. Like other Grow with Google programs, such as Get Your Business Online and Applied Digital Skills, the certificate is intended to give more Americans access to digital skills and to find success in today’s digital economy.

Already, Google has given 10,000 learners free access to the program through financial aid and Google.org scholarships to nonprofits focusing on low income learners through Year Up, Per Scholas, and Goodwill®; veterans through Student Veterans of America; and refugees through Upwardly Global.


Pierce County Prosecutor candidates Mark Lindquist and Mary Robnett will take part in a candidates’ forum on Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Emerald Queen Conference Center, 5580 Pacific Hwy. E. in Fife. Sponsored by Mountain View Community Center and hosted by the Fife Milton Edgewood Chamber of Commerce, admission is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members/walk-ins.

For more information, contact the Chamber at april@fmechamber.org.


After almost a year, the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Western State Hospital is over. Dave Holt, who has been interim in the position since July 6, is now the permanent CEO.

Holt, who is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) has worked as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer since December 2015. Holt holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands in southern California and a bachelor’s of science from BYU in recreation therapy and has over 35 years leadership experience in hospital administration and mental health within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ hospital system in southern California.

“It is an honor to name Dave Holt as the permanent CEO for Western State Hospital,” explained DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange. “Dave is the right person with excellent credentials and skills needed to continue leading the hospital on its initiatives and advancing the governor’s vision of civilly committed patients receiving the treatment they need in the communities where they live and where they have friends and family members and an integrated healthcare system to support them.”

Holt stepped into his role as interim CEO just after the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the outcome of its final survey on the hospital after a two-year systems improvement agreement. In those two years, hospital leadership, which included Holt as the Chief Operating Officer, fixed physical plant issues, hired and trained staff and improved patient care and overall safety for both patients and staff. After the survey, the hospital received high praises from CMS for the vast improvements made despite falling just short of meeting all 26 (the hospital met 22) conditions of participation required to retain federal funding.

“It is an honor to be given the opportunity to continue the hard work under way at Western State Hospital,” said Holt. “I, along with Secretary Strange, remain dedicated to working with the mental health community, advocates, the legislature, local governments and the communities to become one of the best when it comes to taking care of those with mental illness.”


The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices at the Spotlight on Business Awards. This year’s recipients were recognized at the Chamber’s Summer Celebration on Aug. 10.

Through social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, the Chamber will be elevating the recipients’ exposure to the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and providing a widespread and sustained recognition.

In addition to the recipients, the Chamber is inviting staff, board members, Chamber Ambassadors, event sponsors, and media to celebrate

Congratulations to this year’s Spotlight on Business Award recipients:

Small Business (1-25 employees) – Express Employment Professionals: Recognizing entrepreneurs and groups who are willing to make an imprint on the Tacoma-Pierce County business community.

Medium Business (26-50 employees) – TREE: Helping promote and encourage local economic expansion and quality life in Tacoma-Pierce County.

Large Business (51+ employees) – Tool Gauge: Supporting small and medium business to expand and maintain a healthy economic future for our region.

Non-Profit Organization – Tacoma Kiwanis: Dedicating their time to making a difference to our local community through their mission statement.

Minority-Owned Business – Charme Nails and Skin Studio: Ensuring that Tacoma-Pierce County remains a diverse and vibrant experience for all of those who live, work, and visit.

Veteran-Owned Business – Blue Shift Media: Celebrating veteran service members that continue to invest locally by choosing to plant and grow their business in Tacoma-Pierce County.

Business Supporter of the Military – America’s Credit Union: Recognizing companies that choose to support and invest in our military.

Tune in to the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram pages for this year’s Spotlight on Business Awards recognition and visit the official event page for more details.


Caregivers give it their all – blood, sweat and tears. What started out as helping around the house can easily become a full-time job. Caring can bring up a mix of emotions, especially if you’re providing around the clock care. One day you may feel immense satisfaction and pleasure, and the next, occasional resentment and depression. Everybody experiences caregiving differently.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is presenting the next film in our caregiving series. “Happy Tears” is the story of two sisters who lead very different lives and return home to care for their aging father. Caregivers will be able to identify with many scenes in the film. “Happy Tears” shows how caregiving can create tension between siblings, while at the same time drawing them closer together. It also reflects how seniors may minimize the need for care, reject offers of assistance and hold onto significant memories. The audience will have moments of laughter as well as moments of tears.

The film will be shown on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The film begins at 10:45 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Cascade Park Communities. The film is free, but tickets must be reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets or by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600.

“Family caregiving is truly the backbone of our health care system in the United States,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg Pierce County Aging and Disability resources manager. “Caregivers make enormous sacrifices to help loved ones – from doing light housekeeping, meal preparation and medication management, to stepping away from work for weeks, months, or even years. As this film shows, the work that caregivers do is amazing.”

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. This program helps unpaid family caregivers with a variety of supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600. 


America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) has announced that Bill Warner will be awarded its highest recognition, the Nicola Bulgari Award, as part of its annual Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, taking place Sept. 8 at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma.

Warner – who founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, published countless articles across a wide swath of enthusiast publications and participated in the Cannonball Run, the American Road Racing Amateur Championships at Road Atlanta and the IMSA Firehawk Series – will join the likes of other industry influencers as Bulgari Award recipients.

Since founding the Amelia Island Concours in 1996, the organization has raised more than $2.25 million for charitable organizations including the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Shop with Cops Program of Fernandina Beach & Nassau County.

“Each year we look at who exemplifies the spirit of our nation’s motoring tradition when choosing a Nicola Bulgari Award winner,” said AAT Vice Chairman David Madeira. “This year, we are proud to recognize the immense contribution Bill has made to the promotion of America’s automotive heritage through the course of his life. He is a tremendous individual who is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Prior Bulgari Award winners include Jay Leno; GM Designer Ed Welburn; Hemming’s publisher Jim Menneto, RM Group founder Rob Myers, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick; McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty; Dr. Frederick Simeonefounder of the Simeone Automotive Museum; and Edward Welburn, former vice president of global design for General Motors.

The Nicola Bulgari Award – named after the famous luxury goods magnate, renowned car collector and AAT board member – is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s lifelong efforts to promote America’s automotive heritage through education, car restoration and/or collecting classic cars. 

“Nicola Bulgari’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive treasures are unparalleled as exemplified by his wonderful collection, his efforts to create the NB Center for Automotive Heritage, his long service to America’s Car Museum and America’s Automotive Trust, and his generosity to countless heritage organizations,” added Madeira. “We are proud to once again confer this tremendous honor in his name.”

Warner will receive the Award trophy at the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, taking place at America’s Car Museum on September 8. Proceeds from the event will support AAT’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive heritage through America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto, and the Concours Club.

For more information about the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, visit americascarmuseum.org/gala.


One small accident, like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor, can change your life. For older adults, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a hip fracture, head injury, or even death.  

Since 2003, the number of deaths from falls has more than doubled in Washington state, with one in three older adults falling each year. Trip hazards are all around us, but most falls are entirely preventable. 

September is Falls Prevention Month. Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources, in partnership with the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition, will host “Falls: The Avoidable Epidemic,” a special workshop that will focus on fall prevention at home and in the community.  

Four free informational presentations will be held in September:

  • Sept. 10, 12:10 p.m., Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room, 2401 S. 35th in Tacoma
  • Sept. 11, 10:15 a.m., Spana-Park Senior Center, 325 152nd St. E. in Tacoma
  • Sept. 13, 11 a.m., Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center, 4716 N. Baltimore in Tacoma
  • Sept. 18, 1 p.m., Mountain View Community Center, 3607 122nd Ave. E. in Edgewood

In addition to the physical pain of falling, health care costs and rehabilitation can be draining for an individual and their family. Rather than attributing falling to age, a more appropriate examination should look at physical fitness, medications, environmental factors and behavioral hazards.

“Many older adults, particularly those 70 and older, are quick to dismiss falls as simply a part of aging,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “That is a myth that ignores underlying issues. Even simple trips can begin a downward spiral of health that leads to serious complications. We hope every senior, every adult child concerned about their aging parents and every caregiver will pay special attention to this issue and take heed before a serious fall.”

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources and the Pierce County Fall Prevention Coalition work together to provide resources, tools and events that help seniors assess their fall risk. We also connect them to evidence-based falls prevention programs and community partnerships to reduce the chance of falling and enhance their quality of life.

Events are free and open to the public. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required. For more information about the presentations call the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or 1 (800) 562-0332.

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