Community Newsletter | October 2022
Strengthening Families Program - Concrete
Get the tools, skills, and strategies to build stronger families in six weeks! The Strengthening Families Program is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to strengthen parenting skills, build family strengths and bonds, and prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems. Dinner is included each week.
When: Tuesdays from 5:30 - 8 pm | Oct. 25 - Dec 6
Cost: Free
Location: Concrete Elementary School
Overdose Response Training
Our 45-minute online class provides you with the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively in an opioid overdose crisis and save a life. Information about how to get naloxone at no cost will also be provided.
  • Monday, Oct 24 @ 12pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 2 @ 5pm
  • Thursday, Nov 17 @ 3pm
Cost: FREE - open to anyone 16+
Location: Online
The Incredible Years
Parenting is a tough job, and the Incredible Years works over 14 sessions to develop the knowledge and skills for you to bring out the best in your child and family!
When: This program meets twice a week from Oct 29 - Dec 17
Saturdays - in person | 9:30-11:30 am (no meeting 11/26)
Tuesdays - online over Zoom | 6:15 - 8:15 pm
Audience: Parents & caregivers of 1-4 year-olds
Cost: Free
Location: In-person sessions are held at the Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention
Learn the skills to prevent suicide and inspire hope in our community. 
This FREE online course is open to anyone 16+. 
When: Thurs, Nov 10 | 3 - 4:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online
WIC Breastfeeding Class
Our friendly and knowledgeable WIC staff offer classes each month in English and Spanish as a low-pressure way to find support, discover tips for feeding, and learn about how WIC can support your breastfeeding journey.
  • Nov 17 @ 1pm (English)
  • Noviembre 17 @ 2:15pm (Español)
Cost: Free
Location: Online - open to anyone pregnant or breastfeeding
CPR/AED/First Aid
Earn your lifesaving certification (valid for two years) in a course led by our American Red Cross-certified trainer! This traditional full-length class (no online learning) is held in person at the hospital campus in Sedro-Woolley.
When: Sat., Dec 3 from 9 am – 1 pm
Cost: $95 (a discounted price of $75 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health).
Location: United General District 304 | 2031A Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
Mental Health First Aid
Learn the five-step action plan for reaching out and supporting individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis in this evidence-based course.
When: Friday, Dec 9 | 9 am - 3:30 pm plus 2 hours online independent study (lunch provided)
Audience: Adults age 18+
Cost: $35
Location: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
Safely Dispose of Medicines – October 29
Locations around Skagit will be holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events to provide and promote safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Getting unused and expired medications out of the home as soon as possible helps prevent accidental poisonings and intentional misuse.
Visit a Take Back Day event on Saturday, October 29 from 10 am - 2 pm

·      Sedro-Woolley: City Hall, 325 Metcalf Street
·      Mount Vernon: Skagit Valley College, 2405 E. College Way
·      Anacortes: Anacortes Police Dept, 1218 24th Street
·      La Conner: Swinomish Police Dept, 173 Reservation Rd
The Sedro-Woolley site will be offering additional safety and wellness services in partnership with community agencies during the event! Here are some of the things you can do while you're there:
Spotlight: Burlington Healthy Community Coalition
Recently, BHCC hosted a table at the Burlington-Edison Back to School Fair in Maiben Park! Alicia & Josh (pictured) shared information about the Coalition and distributed 30 locking medication bags to help families secure medicine at home and prevent misuse and overdose. Over 125 students stopped by the table and had an opportunity to write an inspirational note to themselves, a friend, or a family member as part of the You Can youth cannabis prevention campaign.
Get Involved!
If you live or work in the Burlington-Edison or greater Skagit area, come to a BHCC community meeting and learn more about how, together, we can prevent youth substance use and create a healthy community where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

Next meeting: November 22 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Attend in-person at the Burlington Public Library or online through Zoom. For the online link, email the Coalition Coordinator at
You Can: Create your own Story. Download the DIY Mini-Zine template and watch the video on how teens (or adults!) can create a pocket-sized story.
FVRx - Making Fresh Foods More Affordable
The Skagit Fruit & Veggie Prescription program is a FREE, year-long healthy eating initiative designed to make it easier to buy and eat fruits and vegetables. You can apply now for the 2023 program, running from January through December. Eligible individuals and families can get up to $150 in FVRx Bucks per month ($30 per month per person in the household) along with helpful nutrition information and easy recipes.

Every month during the program, participants:
Fall Flavors & Local Farmers
Fall veggies are perfect for roasting and the finished product can be used to top salads and grain-bowls, or on their own as a tasty side dish. Don’t think you’re a fan of beets? Try adding a few to a tray of veggies like carrots, onions, fennel, and potatoes  to add color and earthy sweetness to the mix.

Beets grow well in our climate and supporting local farmers helps keep our community strong. Check out this video of the beets at Long Hearing Farm, served in local schools as part of our Harvest of the Month program!
Go with the Flow
Instructor Samantha Wright has joined our Active Living team and will be offering additional yoga classes for our community. The Yoga Flow class on Saturday mornings is for students who are new to yoga as well as those with previous experience. The 75-minute class focuses on the connection between movement, breath, and the mind during a slow flow from pose to pose. Experience the increased flexibility and strength you can achieve over six weeks!
When: Saturdays, 8:30-9:45 am | Oct. 29 - Dec 10 (no class 11/26)
Cost: $80
Location: United Fitness Center | 2015 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley
A Gym for Every Body
United Fitness Center is a full-service fitness facility open to the public. The light-filled, clean space has plenty of windows and all the equipment you need to stay active and healthy. Workout equipment includes an array of upright and recumbent stationary bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, and more. Weight rooms are fully outfitted with bar and hand weights as well as bands, exercise balls, steps, and seven stations for strength circuit training. For details on our equipment, visit our Open Gym webpage.
Free, Sustainable Menstrual Products
In partnership with Days for Girls, community members can get a reusable menstrual cup or period pad kit at no cost! The products are available in our Sedro-Woolley WIC clinic, and anyone can stop by to pick them up during our hours of operation: 9am – 4:30pm M-F and the 3rd Saturday 9am-1pm.
Learn more about how Days for Girls advances menstrual equity, health, dignity, and opportunity for all on their website.
Help us find enthusiastic and dedicated people for AmeriCorps service positions starting this fall! We have roles that support a variety of ages, programs, and communities.
Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!
Thank you!