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Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Behind Closed Doors Dr. Jessica Peck

Dr. Jessica Peck is the author of Behind Closed Doors: a guide to help parents and teens navigate
through life’s toughest issues. The book is a practical guide for parents guiding their tweens and teens through cultural change and modern day health threats. Jessica Peck, a longtime pediatric nurse practitioner and mom of four, helps parents escape the secrecy and shame surrounding challenging moments and engage in honest conversations with friends and peers.
https://www.drnursemama.com/

Spotlighting ImOnWatch.Org

Luke Madsen a member of the Malouf Foundation, and Julie Whitehead a survivor of 31 years of abuse, including sex trafficking, join us to talk about On Watch. It was launched in 2020 by the Malouf Foundation™ and Safe House Project, OnWatch™ is a survivor-led and informed education platform that empowers people to spot, report and prevent sex trafficking in the United States.

OnWatch™ is dedicated to increasing survivor identification and protecting future generations from victimization. To date, OnWatch™ has trained tens of thousands of individuals nationwide through its community training, advocacy program and industry-specific courses. The Malouf Foundation™ and Safe House Project were united by the shared view that survivors should have the strongest voice in combating trafficking.

To learn more about OnWatch™ or to take the online, free, hour-long training, visit?

ImOnWatch.org

Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani

How do we know when something is good or bad for us? As a rule of thumb, Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist, and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas, tell us that “when more days than not” don’t feel right either because there is fighting, cold silences, or passive aggression, then it’s time to make a change. https://www.drmonicavermani.com/

Spotlighting Dr. Julie Gatza Top 5 Ways Sugar Makes Us Sick

Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza is one of the nation’s top chiropractic physicians with more than 30 years of clinical practice during which she assisted thousands of patients to resolve a wide variety of physical ailments. Using her understanding of the nervous system, nutrition, and alternative therapies, Dr. Gatza’s mission with each patient is to enhance their body’s potential to heal itself. Dr. Gatza regularly lectures and educates audiences on how to achieve optimum health with a focus on the role that digestion plays in maintaining a healthy immune system.
https://www.floridawellnessinstitute.com/
https://naturessources.com/dr-julie-gatza/

Spotlighting Beyond Type 1

On November 6, 2022, a team of 50 living with type 1 diabetes will race through the five boroughs of NYC and show the world what living beyond type 1 looks like Vince Carter Bellingham WA  and Harry Sills Edmonds WA,  talk about their journey from diagnosis to running a marathon.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that makes the body unable to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Without insulin, our bodies cannot use the sugar in our bloodstream as energy, causing people to experience diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or worse complications, including death.

If an individual goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed, these life-threatening complications become a reality. This is why recognizing the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes is critical. Symptoms may develop rapidly and can be mistaken for the flu or other illnesses and a delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences.

Spotlighting Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

Paula Del Giudice Ex Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Joins us to talk about their programs and how they are changing lives one stride at a time. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of people with disabilities. Paula tells us about their programs and their upcoming Holiday fundraiser. https://www.littlebit.org/

Spotlighting Beyondtype1.org

On November 6, 2022, a team of 50 living with type 1 diabetes will race through the five boroughs of NYC and show the world what living beyond type 1 looks like Vince Carter Bellingham WA and Harry Sills Edmonds WA, talk about their journey from diagnosis to running a marathon.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune condition that makes the body unable to produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. Without insulin, our bodies cannot use the sugar in our bloodstream as energy, causing people to experience diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) or worse complications, including death.

If an individual goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed, these life-threatening complications become a reality. This is why recognizing the early symptoms of type 1 diabetes is critical. Symptoms may develop rapidly and can be mistaken for the flu or other illnesses and a delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences. https://beyondtype1.org/

Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani

Dr. Vermani is a Clinical Psychologist, and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas. She tell us that “when more days than not” don’t feel right either because there is fighting, cold silences, or passive aggression, then it’s time to make a change. She has her book, a webpage with weekly tips and a podcast to encourage people to live their best life.

Spotlighting Traumatic Grief Companioning Project

Cindy and Merle Meyers talk about an exciting new Chaplain resource Traumatic Grief Companioning Project. They will be speaking at an upcoming workshop about this. It is called Understanding Traumatic Grief November it is November 4, 2022 From 8am–5pm at Community Life Center 19820 Scriber Lake Road Lynnwood, WA 98036 to find out more or register go to www.support7.org.
The workshop will cover a number of topics including: Timeline of Unnatural Loss, Impact of Traumatic Grief on Individuals and Families, Emotional First Aid, Support Groups vs. Clinical Groups, Community-based Program: Companioning.
WWW.Support7.org

Spotlighting Find Your Fabulosity

October is Domestic Violence Action Month. Sheryl Kurland is on a mission to get lipstick to every Domestic Violence shelter and she could use a little help. For women, putting on lipstick gives us an instant boost. It’s magical! To a victim of domestic violence it means this and so much more. A new lipstick marks a new beginning and rediscovery of her voice, identity, and beauty inside and out – her “fabulosity.” The lipsticks we collect and give to domestic violence victims help set these women on their path to transformation…..and a happier life. https://findyourfabulosity.org/