AARP is accepting nominations for its 2024 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus Washingtonians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.   

In 2023, AARP Washington recognized Bill Meyer of Spokane, who – after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s – went on the offensive and used his love of the outdoors to help others. In 2016, he founded Pass to Pass, a non-profit which provides opportunities for people with Parkinson’s disease to participate in supported multi-day backpacking trips that build confidence, cultivate community, nourish well-being, and minimize symptoms through exercise.

Andrus Award nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

* 50 or older.

  • Their achievements or accomplishments on which the nomination is based:must have been performed on a volunteer basis (volunteers receiving small stipends to cover the costs associated with the volunteer activity are eligible), must reflect AARP’s vision and purpose,.and must provide inspiration for others to volunteer.

·   Partisan political achievements, accomplishments or service may not be considered.

·  Couples or partners who perform service together are eligible; but teams aren’t. 

Nominations forms are available at or The nomination deadline is July 15.  

The award recipient will be honored at ceremony and have an opportunity to bestow a $2,000 donation to a non-profit organization of their choice. 

The Andrus Award for Community Service is presented annually. Last year, it went to 49 individuals and couples around the country.

Study: Eating eggs can reduce cholesterol

It’s not always easy to know which food is best for avoiding the impact of cholesterol on heart health and overall well-being. Eggs, for example, have often received negative press related to cholesterol. However, new clinical research by the Duke University School of Medicine shows eating fortified eggs, such as the Eggland’s Best brand, didn’t negatively affect cholesterol levels. Additional findings suggest that eating 12 eggs a week can be part of a healthy diet, even for high-risk individuals.

Research also suggested that such eggs could potentially reduce levels of “bad cholesterol” (LDL cholesterol) in older individuals and those with diabetes, and may help increase levels of “good cholesterol” (HDL cholesterol) in older individuals. The eggs may also increase Vitamin B12 levels, helping support a healthier lifestyle. (More information about the study is available at

Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, said this clinical study helps clarify the confusion regarding the nutrition of eggs and can help people feel more confident about including fortified eggs as part of a healthy diet, even for people who are at high risk for heart disease. She also shared tips for people who may be looking to lower their cholesterol levels:

  • Eat more fiber-rich food for a healthy heart and lipid levels. They include whole grains, fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.
  • Switch to more heart-smart fats to add flavor, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish. Decrease  food that’s higher in saturated fat, like butter, cheese, fatty meat, and fried food.
  • Choose eggs wisely. Not all are created equal. Eggland’s Best have more than double the omega-3s and Vitamin B12, 25 percent less saturated fat, 10 times more Vitamin E, and six times more Vitamin D compared to ordinary eggs.


(Pictured: This salmon and avocado toast recipe includes eggs.)

Dawn Jackson Blatner , a nutritionist and dietitian, shares her favorite recipe for a salmon and avocado toast that contains healthy fats and wholesome ingredients

Prep time: 5 minutes. Cook time: 5 minutes.

Total servings: 2 avocado toasts.


2 Eggland’s Best eggs, large.

1 teaspoon olive oil.

2 slices whole grain bread, toasted

1/2 avocado.

1 cup raw spinach or arugula.

2 ounces smoked salmon.

Black pepper, to taste.


1. In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil, eggs, and cook until eggs are over-medium.

2. Top each piece of whole grain toast with equal amounts of (in this order) sliced avocado, spinach, salmon, and a cooked egg and sprinkle of pepper.

Allergy information: No added sugar (can be gluten-free if gluten-free bread is used).

Source: Brandpoint Features

Health department has its first female African American leader

Chantell Harmon Reed, who has had similar roles in Oregon and Louisiana, is the new director of public health at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Reed took over March 18 after her appointment was confirmed by the Pierce County Council and Tacoma City Council, completing a hiring process that put an African American woman at the top of the department for the first time in its 51-year history.

“I’m thrilled to be stepping into this role,” said Reed. “This community and department are already doing great things. We’ll bring renewed energy to best serve the public health needs of the people of Pierce County.”

Reed was most recently the deputy director of public health for the Multnomah County Health Department in Oregon. Before that, she was deputy director for the New Orleans Health Department. Among other things, Reed helped close healthcare disparity gaps through improved maternal and infant mortality rates and the creation of a doula workforce development program.

Reed, one of three finalists for the Tacoma-Pierce job, was interviewed and appointed by County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Mayor Victoria Woodards.The county and city governments oversee the Health Department.

Reed’s “community-led approaches and unwavering commitment to equity solidified her as the standout candidate. This heralds a new era of progress for our community’s health,” said Catherine Ushka, chairwoman of the Health Board, which was involved in recruitment of candidates.

Thirty-three people applied for the position. Of those, a little more than half were either from out of state, male, or non-white.

Ready-for-market apple needs a name

For 20-plus years, an apple created by Washington State University has been known by a mix of numbers and initials. It’s now time for apple lovers to give WA 64 a name.

An online contest at seeks a name for this pink-hued, firmly crisp, sweet and tart apple.

“It’s taken more than two decades to bring WA 64 from a single tree to release,” said Jeremy Tamsen, director of innovation and commercialization for WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “We hope it makes a big splash in the market, but we need the right name.”

A hybrid of Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink, a variety better known as the trademarked Pink Lady apple, WA 64 has outstanding eating and storage qualities, according to WSU.

First bred in Wenatchee in 1998, WA 64 was trialed at a handful of research orchards in Washington and then officially released last summer. Trees will be widely available to the state’s growers in 2026, with the apple itself reaching grocery stores in 2029. WSU is selecting a commercial licensee to manage the rollout to growers.

WA 64’s release follows the successful launch in 2019 of Cosmic Crisp, a cross of Enterprise and Honeycrisp that is now among the 10 best-selling U.S. apple varieties by sales and volume.

Royalties from sales of trees and apples support apple breeding research at WSU. Funded by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, scientists are also studying the best ways to grow and harvest WA 64.

Source: CAHNRS News/WSU