Winter Wellness

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2024 Winter Wellness Guide

With winter comes shorter days and colder nights – and the desire to hibernate until spring returns. While it’s tempting to wish the dark season away, it can be a potent time to tend to our wellness – as individuals and as a community. “Self-care” is a term that’s been thrown around quite a bit, and while it can be easy to dismiss it as frivolous, self- and community care can be a powerful tool for transformation during the winter. We are excited to share a Winter Wellness Guide that highlights local businesses and organizations supporting your health and wellness. We also know it’s not always all about you, though. We’ve provided a few other ways you can think about health and wellness this year, too.


Group of people in workout gear at a gym clapping

Bellingham Training and Tennis Club

It’s not always all about you!

More Health & Wellness Tools

Healthy Food

Find local food that is grown, caught, raised, and made locally with the Washington Food & Farm Finder. Learn about food preservation, local fermented foods, and how to subscribe to a local farm and keep your kitchen stocked with fresh healthy food.

Healthy Home

Programs such as the Community Energy Challenge provide expert assistance to help you create a healthy environment in your home with energy audits, comprehensive reporting, ongoing consultation, quality assurance, and financial incentives. 

Healthy Neighborhoods

The Whatcom Housing Alliance creates opportunities for more diverse housing choices in all neighborhoods that will contribute toward equitable, prosperous, healthy, and vibrant communities for everyone.

Healthy Planet

30% of the food we purchase ends up in a landfill emitting CO2 emissions. Learn what you can do at work, at home, and in our community to reduce food waste with Sustainable Connections’ Food Recovery Program. 

Healthy Economy

Think Local First makes it easy to find what you need locally, celebrate where you live, and put what matters most first. Keep your dollars where your heart lives, support a healthy economy of friends and neighbors, and build a community that thrives by thinking local first!

Healthy Landscapes

The nursery at Cloud Mountain Farm Center opens February 1, with regionally adapted fruit trees, ornamentals, and unique plants for edible and resilient landscapes. Your purchases there support food system innovation, resource sharing, and new farmer support in Whatcom County.

Healthy Communities

When everyone in our community is healthy, we all do better. Please visit for a comprehensive database of social, health and human services in Whatcom County.

Show your local love

Show your love of local with a custom “Think Local First” or “Drink Local Frist” tee, tank, or sweatshirt. Suuuuper soft cotton-polyester blended fabrics are sure to keep you comfortable and stylish this summer! Don’t need another tee shirt, but still want to support local? Consider a Think Local Frist donation, gift card, or browse our online directory of locally owned businesses before running to that big box store or ordering from an online giant.

Many Thanks To Our Think Local First Sponsors:

Cascadia Daily News
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Mt. Baker Care Center & Summit Place Assisted Living