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Recognizing Erica Knapp

Unsung Hero Erica Knapp

Celebrating Parent Recognition Month — February 2022

Recognizing Erica Knapp, a Community Advocate and Mom of Three

 

In Washington state, the month of February is celebrated as Parent Recognition Month by Seattle’s Child magazine and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) under proclamation of Governor Jay Inslee.

Each year, twenty-eight parents and caregivers across the state are recognized for the outstanding role they play in their families, schools and communities.

Congratulations to Erica Knapp, a Snohomish County parent caregiver, community advocate and a 2022 Unsung Hero. Erica lives in Arlington with her husband and three children.

Erica was nominated for the role she plays as a local leader and advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. As the parent of a child with a developmental disability, Erica serves as a member of her local School Board and helped launch a parent group to provide resources and information to other families of kids with disabilities.

Another example of Erica’s community involvement from the award nomination page: “This winter Erica partnered with the city of Arlington to offer ‘sensory-friendly’ opportunities for kids with sensory sensitivities to enjoy the seasonal carousel without music and with shorter wait times. The outpouring of appreciation from parents demonstrated the need for this in the community.” Amazing work, Erica!

Read more on the Seattle’s Child website.

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Recognizing Amanda Zamara

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Celebrating Parent Recognition Month — February 2022

Recognizing Amanda Zamara, Snohomish County Mom of Two

 

In Washington state, the month of February is celebrated as Parent Recognition Month by Seattle’s Child magazine and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) under proclamation of Governor Jay Inslee.

Each year, twenty-eight parents and caregivers across the state are recognized for the outstanding role they play in their families, schools and communities.

Join us in celebrating Amanda Zamara, a 2022 Unsung Hero and Snohomish County mom, who lives in Marysville with her husband Mitch and their two children Archer (age 5) and Aurelia (age 3)!

Amanda was recognized as a “super mom” who also gives back to her community as a volunteer Helping Parent and as a member of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council at her son’s school. She has participated in a University of Washington workshop designing autism-friendly libraries and recently advocated for families of children with disabilities during a round table discussion organized by U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen.

Read more on the Seattle’s Child website at tinyurl.com/2p9f2tnk.

Congratulations to Amanda Zamara!

 Unsung Hero 2022 Amanda Zamara Marysville

 

 

Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims Parent Recognition Month

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February 2022: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Proclaims Parent Recognition Month

 

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed the month of February as Parent Recognition Month.

Throughout this month, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) will recognize and honor over two dozen extraordinary parents and caregivers in communities across the state as part of the agency’s “Unsung Heroes Campaign.”

Visit the DCYF Facebook page throughout the month of February to celebrate these amazing Unsung Heroes for the roles they play in their families, schools and communities.

WA Proclamation Parent Recognition Month 2022

Follow the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) on Facebook at facebook.com/waDCYF.

Learn more about the department online at dcyf.wa.gov.

5 Ways to Recognize American Heart Month

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5 Ways to Recognize American Heart Month

The month of February is recognized in the United States as American Heart Month.

It is a month during the year when we increase our focus and raise awareness about cardiovascular health and heart disease. Everyone can participate in some way! Heart health is important for all of us. And, there are easy ways for you to get involved!

Here are 5 ideas:

1.  Share information about heart health, risk factors of heart disease and heart-healthy living tips. Find plenty of social media friendly, digital content on the American Heart Association website at heart.org. The theme for Heart Month 2022 is hypertension, aka high blood pressure, a leading risk for heart disease and strokes. Find a ready-made toolkit of shareable content about hypertension on the CDC.gov website.

2.  Spread the word about the Million Hearts Campaign! This is a public push to remind people to prioritize their cardiovascular health and to get their medical care back on track after delays and disruptions in care resulting from COVID-19 shutdowns. This is important! Find more information and social media content to share HERE.

3.  Take time to recognize Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week, Feb. 7th­ – 14th. Congenital heart defects describe a variety of different heart conditions that are present from birth. CHDs are the most common birth defect in the United States and significantly impact the disability community. You can help spread awareness about congenital heart defects, their occurrence rate and treatment, recent research and medical advancements in care. Click HERE to find information to share.

4.  Donate blood. Donating blood has a direct impact in our community. Your donation can literally save lives! Locate a convenient blood drive near your home, work or school using the Red Cross “Find a Drive” website or through Bloodworks Northwest.

5.  Join the “7 Days of Self Care” Challenge. Heart healthy living is important for everyone… including yourself! Celebrate American Heart Month 2022 by joining the self-care challenge (find it here!) and sharing your progress on social media to raise awareness.

BONUS POINTER: When sharing information and raising awareness on social media, don’t forget to include these hashtags in your posts: #OurHearts AND #HeartMonth

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Whitney Stohr is a Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. She is passionate about advocating for medically complex children and children with disabilities and their families. She is a mom and medical caregiver herself, who is energized by working closely with other parent/family caregivers. She lives with her four-year-old son Malachi and husband Jason in Lynnwood. Connect with her on Instagram @rollin.w.spinabifida. Contact: whitney@arcsno.org.

Recognizing American Heart Month 2022

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Recognizing American Heart Month 2022

The month of February is recognized each year as American Heart Month — a time during the year that encourages a focus on cardiovascular health, aka HEART HEALTH.

Heart health is important for everyone!

Many in our community have experienced previous heart issues, or were born with congenital heart defects, and others, due to underlying conditions or predispositions, may hold a higher risk of future cardiovascular conditions.

Understanding heart health is especially important now as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we learn more about the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease.

For parents and caregivers, who often experience both acute and chronic stress, Heart Month is also a timely reminder to schedule an annual wellness check-up.

Whoever you are, and whatever role you play in our community, I encourage you to take time during this month ahead to learn more about cardiovascular health, your personal risk factors and steps you can take to help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Quick Facts About Heart Disease:

  • “Heart disease” can refer to several types of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease in the United States.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.
  • Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can increase an individual’s risk of heart disease.
  • There are steps you can take to promote heart-healthy living. (Click here to learn more!) While it is important to understand your own risk factors for heart disease, taking steps to improve your overall health, where possible, may reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular issues.

(Note: The above information is shared from the CDC.gov website.)

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Whitney Stohr is a Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc of Snohomish County. She is passionate about advocating for medically complex children and children with disabilities and their families. She is a mom and medical caregiver herself, who is energized by working closely with other parent/family caregivers. She lives with her four-year-old son Malachi and husband Jason in Lynnwood. Connect with her on Instagram @rollin.w.spinabifida. Contact: whitney@arcsno.org.

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