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Get Moving This Summer!

Summer vacation means more time in your schedule to participate in recreational activities. However, research tells us that over the summer months, kids are choosing to stay indoors and play video games or watch television, in lieu of playing outside.

Did you know July is National Parks and Recreation Month? The National Recreation and Park Association is challenging everyone to get their play on by visiting their local parks. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, Zumba class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand.

The Hope Heart Institute is partnering with the Kent Parks and Recreation Department in a program called Kent Summer Playgrounds. This program was designed for kids who are out of school for the summer to take advantage of a free meal and recreational activities to keep them active and healthy. Every week, the location of the program rotates through all the wonderful parks in Kent.

Our interns, who you will meet below, will be heading these events in Kent all through the summer, starting in July. We are so excited to carry on this partnership year after year!


Do you know the difference between heat stroke and a stroke, and what to do about it


Take note! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, over 600 people die from complications related to extreme heat each year in the United States - more than tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, lightning or any other weather event combined. Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness and, without emergency treatment, it can lead to death. It results when your body temperature rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. At this temperature, your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles can also become damaged, leading to serious complications or death.

In the case of heatstroke, seeking medical attention is an absolute must. In addition to a high body temperatures, the symptoms of heatstroke include altered mental state or behavior, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, rapid breathing and racing heart rate. If you or someone else is experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical attention.

A stroke, on the other hand, is characterized by:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

The acronym FAST will help you take action quickly!


MacMath, Jillian. "Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: What are the warning signs and how should you react?" AccuWeather. Local Weather from AccuWeather.com - Superior Accuracy™, n.d. Web. 22 June 2017.

Meet Our Interns!

InternsWe welcomed our Education and Outreach Summer Interns - Michelle and Reni at the end of June. They are both working on degrees in Public Health at the University of Washington and bring with them phenomenal attitudes to expand their expertise and knowledge. We are excited to have you both!

They will be leading many projects this summer including bringing our smoothie bike to the Kent Summer Playgrounds and United Way events, as well as helping out around the office!


Boys & Girls Club Summer Partnership

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For the fourth year in a row, the Hope is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington State to bring our Kids Take Heart program to the clubs during the summer. So far, the program has reached 1,254 youth and counting! The 8 sites we are using this program in are: Bellevue, North Seattle, Tumwater, Skagit, Sequim, Pasco, Moses Lake, and Clarkston. Each club will participate in a 2 week fruit and veggie eating challenge, and visit their local Safeway for a store tour!

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