They wanted a healthful place to eat, so they bought the restaurant

Remember Zoopa in Southcenter? It is no longer just zoop and salad. Since January, the once-popular eatery has been transformed in what could be characterized as a full-service restaurant with a emphasis on fresh, organic foods.

The salad bar is still there, but it is all organic. The soup is there too, but it is all house-made. New offerings include fresh prepared pasta and stir fry, bakery items and a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Zoopa opened in Southcenter about thirty years ago and developed a strong following. Over time, it lost some of its luster and eventually closed. Regular customers Jerrod and Nikki Sessler of Burien made Zoopa part of a healthy diet in part to help Jerrod fight a cancer he contracted 15 years ago. Fresh food became the centerpiece of his life. The cancer is gone and Sessler points to a changed diet as a key aid in his recovery.


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Wellness: Ten Elements of a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is scary. At least, that’s what we are led to believe. What used to be a normal part of life is now treated like a disease. Over the past few decades, the medical industry has been able to convince women that they don’t know how to give birth. Women are taught that pregnancy and birth is something to be afraid of and they need a doctor to intervene. But even with all the intervention, America has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the industrial world. Last year, over 13,000 babies didn’t make it past their first day of life. We seem to have a hard time bringing healthy babies into the world! There are many reasons for this, but one is the lack of healthy pregnancies.


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Environmental Science Center announces Water Education Workshop for Teachers

South King County, July 10, 2014 – The Environmental Science Center (ESC) would like to invite teachers of 3rd – 8th grade classes to register for the Water Education Workshop being held Thursday, July 10th, 2014 from 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. at the Tukwila Community Center.

Participants will learn how to incorporate environmental education into their existing curricula and receive the new Project WET 2.0 curriculum guide filled with hundreds of great lessons. Teachers will gain valuable insights into the Next Generation Science Standards to teach environmental education and learn first-hand the value of natural resource conservation education in the classroom.



Press Release: ChoralSounds Masterworks Final Concert with Artistic Director Dr. Brian J. Winnie

Dates:             June 14 @ 7:30pm Location:        Glendale Lutheran Church – 13455 2nd Ave. SW; Burien Tickets:          $15 (17 & under free with a paid adult ticket) www.nwassociatedarts.org or 206-246-6040   Burien, WA – Dr. Brian J. Winnie marks the final performance with ChoralSounds Northwest (CSN) on June 14, 2014 at 7:30pm with the Masterworks Concert. The Masterworks Concert features Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands and Ralph…


Wild Strawberry Festival Poster

Press Release: Wild Strawberry Festival, Father’s Day Car Show, Chili Cook-Off and Band-A-Palooza coming soon!

This year’s annual Wild Strawberry Festival is set for the weekend of June 14 – 15 at Burien Town Square and ‘Band-a-Palooza,’ is back this year.  If you missed it last year, don’t make the same mistake again.  This year’s competition is set to impress with an assortment of symphonic bands, big bands and more!…


10 Habits of Healthy Living

It’s been over 3 months since the New Year’s Resolutions. Most people I know resolved to be healthier in some way….and now they’re right back to doing the exact same thing they were last year. So here’s a little inspiration for you to get you back on the bandwagon!

If you think about it, everything we do is a habit. What meals we cook, how we love our spouse, and even what we think about when we’re alone. You have to train yourself to have good habits, just like you trained yourself into having bad ones. And every time you try to make a positive change, there will always be a gap you have to cross. There will always be some kind of obstacle. The key is to make your mind the boss over your body. Your body won’t feel like it, but you tell yourself to do it anyway.

So where to start? Well, here are 10 things that are essential for a healthy life. However, you shouldn’t try to do all of them at once. It’s called “Simple Stepping.” You pick one, and only one, to master. After you master it completely, move on to another. In the end, this will actually help you get there faster than trying to do everything.