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Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Big changes coming for four Oz Fitness gyms

Some big changes are coming to several Spokane gyms over the next few weeks. Vision Quest Sport and Fitness purchased four Oz Fitness gyms earlier this year and plans to spend this month rebranding and upgrading to become MÛV Fitness.

The business owners Chip Schwerzel and Jeff Carlson promise to honor all active Oz Fitness members under their current membership contracts and welcome them into their new club ownership and up-and-coming fitness facilities.

The owners are beginning the process of rebranding and revamping the Australian-themed gyms with new marketing and management, including putting $1 million into the clubs with updated and improved equipment.

The pair's previous clubs, Vision Quest Fitness Centers, were located in Western Washington and voted best of Western Washington three years in a row. They also maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

Grant County child hospitalized with possible enterovirus

A Grant County child has been hospitalized with a severe respiratory that may be enterovirus D68. A test returned positive for enterovirus/rhinovirus, but was unable to distinguish between the two. Additional testing is being done at the Centers for Disease Control that will determine which it is, with results expected next week.

Grant County Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny issued a public health advisory to local healthcare providers and schools. The CDC has said this is a rapidly evolving situation. Previously EV-D68 has been rare in the U.S, but in other states the outbreaks are resulting in many children requiring ER visits and hospitalizations, mostly for breathing problems and severe asthma.

The virus spreads from person to person like a cold and has been causing mild to severe breathing illnesses (runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing) both with and without fever. Children with per-existing asthma may suffer worse infections. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for enteroviruses.

Red Cross hosts Save A Life Saturday

Red Cross hosts Save A Life Saturday

If you were in a situation where somebody needed CPR, would you be able to step up to the plate?

The American Red Cross says one-quarter of adults have found themselves in that spot, and that's why CPR is such a vital piece of knowledge.

Studies have shows that being trained in hands-only (compression-only) CPR can make the lifesaving different when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest. The technique involves no mouth to mouth contact and is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse.

In an effort to have more lifesavers trained in our community, the American Red Cross and Premera Blue Cross have teamed up to host “Save A Life Saturday,” a free public hands-only CPR training course on Saturday, September 20th and the Spokane Arena.

The goal of the event is to get 300 people trained at one time in hand-only CPR. Training only takes about 30 minutes to complete, but does require registration and is not a full CPR certification class.

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Check your child's vaccinations before heading back to school

Getting ready for back to school means getting school supplies and backpacks, but it's also the perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their shots. Getting all of the recommended shots is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their kids' health.

A new survey from the Washington State Department of Health shows vaccination rates are on the rise (71 percent in 2013 versus 65 percent the year before) but are still below the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent, leaving many kids unprotected.

Below is a summary of shots children need:

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

First West Nile infection of 2014 reported

The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case of in-state West Nile virus since 2012.

A Walla Walla man in his 20's was exposed somewhere near his home and hospitalized. The infection was confirmed by testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline.

Two other Washington residents have been diagnosed with the infection this year, both both contracted the disease while traveling out of state. Additional reports of possible infections are currently under investigation.

“The mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in eastern Washington this season are a reminder that the virus is here and we should protect ourselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites – at home and while traveling.”

So far 34 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, including:

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

The Northwest Cancer Clinic will be offering Free Prostate Cancer Screening Wednesday August 20th, Thursday August 21st, and Friday August 22nd, from 4 pm to 6pm.

Local prostate cancer experts will be on hand to discuss key topics regarding prostate cancer and prostate cancer screening.

The Physician Volunteer Team includes:

  • Dr. Robert Chin – Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Sheila Rege - Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Eugene Hong - Radiation Oncologist, NWCC
  • Dr. Fred Foss – Urologist, Tri-Cities
  • Dr. Naeem Chavla - Urologist, Tri-Cities
  • Dr. Animesh Sahai - Urologist, Tri-Cities

The screening is co-sponsored by Quest Diagnostics.

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

Washington fourth in nation for reducing uninsured adults

A new Gallup poll puts Washington state fourth in the nation for reducing the number of uninsured adults since the new healthcare law took effect at the beginning of the year.

Washington dropped from 16.8 percent in 2013 to just 10.7 percent in the first half of 2014.

Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about today's report saying, “Gallup has confirmed what we know from our experience here in Washington: expanding coverage for working people in Washington by effectively implementing needed reforms makes a huge difference in getting people insured so they can get the health care they need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act we enrolled more than 600,000 people in health coverage through our exchange, the Washington Healthplanfinder. We have a lot to be proud of, and will continue doing everything we can to make the ACA work for the people and businesses of Washington.”