Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Learn More About Domestic Violence

Thurston County's Health Officer, Dr. Rachel Wood, shares more information about Domestic Violence in this week's Health Matters column in The Olympian. 

https://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article219969325.html 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nurse Family Partnerships Benefit New Mom, Babies, and Families Too

Thurston County's Nurse Family Partnership Program is a three-county partnership that matches new mothers with nurses who can provide guidance and resources. Read more about it in the latest article in Thurston Talk. 

http://www.thurstontalk.com/2018/09/19/nurse-family-partnership-program-yields-positive-results/ 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FREE Septic Sense Workshops!

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is offering Septic Sense workshops throughout September. They cover how to maintain the system to keep it working well. There's no cost for these workshops, but they often fill up quickly. Don't wait to sign up! 

Register here:  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Thurston County 5 Year Homelessness Plan

According to a recent news release, on August 14, 2018, the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners adopted a 5-Year Thurston County Homeless Housing Plan (2017-2022). Additional details on these strategies, and the rest of the Five-Year Homeless Housing Plan is available here: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/Health/sscp/PDF/TC5YearPlan_Final_081318.pdf

Did You Know Thurston County Parks Are Tobacco and Vape Free?

It's true! Smoking and vapign are no longer allowed in County Parks, Preserves, or on Trails. According to the County ordinance, there are lots of good reasons for taking this step, including:

  • Helps prevent exposure of residents to secondhand smoke and vapor.
  • Creates a safer and healthier environment for park users, including children and youth.
  • Protects children’s health by reducing their exposure to smoking and vaping.
  • Supports park users who may be trying to quit smoking.
  • Protects against fire and environmental impacts of littering.
  • Is consistent with state and regional goal of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and vapor.
  • Furthers the County’s mission by supporting healthy activity and preventing secondhand smoke or vapor impacts to the many users of these public spaces.
You can read more  in this article in Thurston Talk:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Getting Rid of Unwanted or Expired Medicine


Many of us have unneeded, unwanted and expired medications in our bathrooms, cupboards, and nightstands. We know that there is something that we are supposed to do with it…it can’t go into the trash and certainly shouldn’t go down the drain or into the toilet, so what are our options?

There are 7 locations in Thurston County to take unwanted medications for FREE DISPOSAL! Keep medicines out of the landfill and protect our drinking water by disposing of unwanted medications at one of these locations:

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Bldg. 3, Olympia
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Lacey Police Department
420 College St. SE, Lacey
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Rainier City Hall
102 Rochester St. W, Rainier
Open Mon-Thurs, 8am-5pm

Tenino Police Department
358 McClellan St. SE, Tenino
Open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm

Tumwater Police Department
555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater
Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Yelm Police Department
206 McKenzie Ave. SE, Yelm
Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Olympia Walgreens
1510 Cooper Point Rd. SW, Olympia
Open 7am - 9pm



Drop boxes accept prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, pet medicine, medicated ointments and lotions, inhalers and liquid medicines in a leak-proof container. NO used needles, gloves, vitamins, supplements or business waste accepted.

Contact us at 360-866-2674 or johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us with any questions or for more information.

Whatever Your Age--Move Your Body For Better Health!

Our bodies are meant to move!  Sitting too much is risky business.  Daily movement improves health and fitness, and fights chronic disease.  Just how much physical activity do I need?