9/2: Sean Duncan, On Wellbeing

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Sean Duncan discusses how he’s maintained social connection without the crutch of social media, and how he’s incorporated the science of wellbeing into his a world without open mics, gyms, clubs, and more. Interview begins at 5:46.


  • With state legislative approval, the governor has extended 26 COVID-19 related proclamations through October 31st.
    • The orders relate to many statutes related to health, economy, state benefits, finances, licensing, protection orders and other legal proceedings, and municipal business.
    • Links to all proclamations are found in the “News” section of governor.wa.gov.
  • The USDA has extended waivers that allow children through age 18 to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through the end of December 2020.
    • Public schools can continue using the processes they developed last spring for distribution of nutritionally balanced meals at no cost to all students who need them.
    • The change in this federal program changes what many districts, including Tacoma and Federal Way, had recently communicated to families about school-based meal service for this fall.
    • In Tacoma, no pre-orders or student identification will be necessary to pick up a meal.
    • In Federal Way, once-weekly distribution of microwavable and ready-to-eat meals will occur at 65 locations across the district.
    • Families are urged keep an eye out for new communication from their local schools, or to seek for information from school nutrition services in your district.
  • The Washington Emergency Management Division notes that for visitors to Washington, or those returning home from travel outside the state, no formal quarantine is currently required, but officials do recommend staying home as much as possible and limiting interactions with others for 14 days.


  • The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department reports that although COVID-19 case numbers have dropped recently, the 20-39 years age group has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Pierce County, accounting for 42.6% of cases in the last two weeks.
    • The health department urges all to skip Labor Day parties and large gatherings, and to stick with Phase 2 guidance that outlines being in contact with no more than 5 people from outside of one’s household per week.


  • The Tacoma Art Museum has published vast educational resources for children do engage in at home.
    • Topics include drawing, mindfulness, cartooning, art games, painting, outdoor art, and more.
    • Links are available at TacomaArtMuseum.org in the “Learning” section.


  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
  • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.
  • Remaining mobile testing events in Pierce County this week include:
    • Thursday, September 3rd at the Key Peninsula Civic Center, and at Ft. Steilacoom Park
    • Friday, September 4th at Trinity Church Food Program at 1615 6th Ave, and at Pierce County Aids Foundation at 3009 S 40th St, both in Tacoma.
    • No ID is required, and tests are free and open to anyone.
  • Patients can also call their health providers for tests.