Diabetes, knowing more can save your life!


By Marina Woodard

Diabetes is a condition when the body’s inability to convert food into energy resulted from the pancreas failure to produce enough or any insulin. Over time, the high blood sugar (glucose) levels caused by the condition can lead to several health problems and complications. According to the statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association and Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1 million people or 9.3% population have diabetes (21 million diagnosed, and 8.1 million undiagnosed). Millions more are at great risk of developing the condition. Further, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in United States in 2013.

There are three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational.

  • Type 1: This type, also known as Juvenile diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. This is a form of diabetes where the body’s pancreas produces little to no insulin that the body needs to break down sugar to survive, resulting in increase of high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. The cause to this condition is still unknown. People with type 1 diabetes often develop autoimmune system disorders such as thyroid and gastrointestinal diseases. Treatment of type 1 diabetes requires daily injections of insulin. Insulin cannot be administered orally.
  • Type 2: This type, also called adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Your body uses sugar as a source of fuel. Unlike type 1, type 2 diabetics produce insulin; however the pancreas either does not secrete enough or the body is resistance to the insulin produced (insulin resistance), which causes the glucose level to rise higher than normal. This is also known as hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). The cause can be hereditary-, lifestyle, excessive body weight and lack of exercise. Over time, this condition can cause health problems such as blindness and glaucoma, foot complications, skin problems, high blood pressures, heart problems, nerve damage and many more. Treatment of type 2 diabetes varies including diet, oral medication and perhaps insulin.
  • Gestational: Develops and diagnosed during late pregnancy and often occurs to women who have no prior history of diabetes. The gestational diabetes is caused by the malfunctioning of insulin production due to the presence of placenta that releases the hormone to help the baby grow. This makes it harder for the body to produce or use insulin (insulin resistance). The risk factors include obesity, history of gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, pre-diabetes, ethnicity, parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes, history of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and previous high weight birth of over 9 lbs. Gestational diabetes may increase the risk of C-section delivery due to a larger than normal fetus, pre-eclampsia, depression and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Diabetes Management and Awareness: Learn the symptoms since diabetes (especially type 2) may often go undiagnosed or simply mistaken for other common illnesses. Symptoms of diabetes include extreme thirst, frequent urination, sudden weight lost, increased appetite, sudden vision change and etc. Knowing the signs and early stages of diabetes can save your life or the life of your loved ones. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed with diet, exercise and medicine. Living with diabetes can be frustrating and overwhelming, but it can be managed with proper care from doctors as well as your good management plan.

To learn more about diabetes, go to America Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org or for public employees diabetes prevention resources go to HCA Public Employees Benefits Diabetes Prevention.

2016 Annual Toiletries Drive for Olympia YWCA

This year we are kicking off our annual toiletries drive at Conference!

ICSEW Toiletries Drive August 16 — September 2, 2016

Highly Needed Items

  • Laundry Soap
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper Tissue-Kleenex
  • Paper Towels

Other Items Pull-ups

  • Razors/Shave Cream
  • Tissue – Kleenex
  • Lotions/Moisturizers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Liquid Hand Soap (no bar soap)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish Soap
  • Travel/Trial Size Hygiene Kits (unopened)

The Other Bank no longer accepts the following donations: cosmetics, hair styling products/tools, perfume/cologne, medicine, contact lens solution, supplements/vitamins, toys, food.

For more information about The Other Bank, please visit http://ywcaofolympia.org/program/other-bank.


SSB 6463: An act relating to luring; amending RCW 9A.40.090; and prescribing penalties

By Renee Berry

On March 10, 2016, Governor Inslee signed substitute senate bill 6463 in to law. This legislation amends Washington state’s luring statute (RCW 9A.40.090), which has been in place since the 1990s. When the Legislature adopted the luring statute in 1993, there was debate between the two  chambers as to whether to have an affirmative defense, which puts the burden of proof that the person did not intend to do anything wrong on the defendant, or whether it should be something that the state would have to prove. Ultimately, it was decided to make it an affirmative defense. However, the courts have said that the burden cannot be on the individual and that the state needs to prove that the person intended to harm the minor or person with a developmental disability in some manner, and in December of 2015, the Court of Appeals found that the statute as written was overboard.

The passage of this legislation puts the burden of intent on the prosecutor to provide that luring was the intent and the affirmative defense to the crime of luring is removed. In addition to the current elements of the crime, the prosecutor must prove the defendant had the intent to harm the health, safety, or welfare of the minor or person with a developmental disability to facilitate the commission of any crime. The amendment is effective June 9, 2016.

Summary: To be convicted of luring, the prosecution must prove that the defendant had the intent to harm the health, safety, or welfare of the minor or person with a developmental disability, with the intent or to facilitate the commission of any crime.

Human Trafficking Awareness

By Debra Allen-Ba

On March 10, 2016 Governor Inslee signed in to law two Senate bills relating to human trafficking, adding to the forty previously enacted anti-trafficking laws passed between 2002 and 2015.  In 2002, Washington was the first state in the United States to create a task force with the purpose of creating safety measures for nonresident persons recruited by international organizations for the purpose of trafficking and to define human trafficking crimes at a state level.  Then, in 2003 the state was again the first to enact a state crime of human trafficking.  The State of Washington has been recognized by international organizations as being among the very top states in the country for anti-trafficking advocacy and legislation.

These two new human trafficking laws work to strengthen definitions of “trafficking” and to increase awareness of this issue.  Senate Bill 5342 was an act amending RCW 19.320.010 relating to human trafficking definitions.  The bill clarifies the definition of “human trafficking” as a means or an act conducted for the purpose of exploitation, including forced labor, by particular means, for example threat of use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud or deception, abuse of power, or abuse of position of vulnerability. The Senate Bill 6376 was an act to reenact and amend RCW 1.16.050 recognizing a human trafficking awareness day.  This bill intends to recognize and honor Washington state’s efforts to reduce human trafficking by designating January 11th of each year as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day”.

It’s Women’s Health Week & and TODAY is our Annual Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, May 11th is our Annual Health & Wellness Fair: Stepping Stones to a Healthier You!

Please join us from 11:00-1:00p at Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater.

There will be 48 area vendors hosting information booths where attendees will have access to free health screenings, informative presentations, and great prize giveaways!  Vendors will cover a variety of health and wellness topics including, personal health, family assistance, eye care, financial planning, time management, chair massage, fitness and exercise, nutrition, and garden raised food, just to name a few.

Come and learn how small steps can lead to ‘stepping stones’ for a healthier you!

To view Governor Inslee’s proclamation click here ICSEW health fair flyer



Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

This week Governor Inslee signed proclamation to celebrate this year’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to support and encourage all state agencies participation on June, 23rd.  Resources are available at http://daughtersandsonstowork.org/.

The theme for 2016 is “Sparking AHA! Moments.”

Thank you Governor Inslee for your continued support in this meaningful day.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

Annual Professional Development Conference

August 16, 2017 ICSEW Professional Development Conference Presentations

Kaylyne Newell: Goal Setting PresentationAdobe PDF Document

Sue Couper: Preparing Your Job Search PackageAdobe PDF Document and Leading from the HeartAdobe PDF Document

Ashley Harris: Careers.wa.gov Quick TipsAdobe PDF Document and Careers.wa.gov Job AlertsAdobe PDF Document and STAR Interviewing Response TechniqueAdobe PDF Document and Resume and Interview TipsAdobe PDF Document

Dr. Larry Iverson Success ThoughtsAdobe PDF Document

Judge G. Helen Whitener: Success in Difficult Times Adobe PDF Document

Career Advancement Panel: Career Advancement PanelAdobe PDF Document

Ann Hartman: Plain TalkAdobe PDF Document and Passive Voice HandoutAdobe PDF Document

Sandra Cohen: The Cycle of ReflectingAdobe PDF Document