Chronic disease classes at Memorial

As rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases continue to rise in our community, we must pursue avenues of prevention and management to affect meaningful change in how these conditions impact people’s lives.

Memorial Hospital is starting its next round of classes Sept. 2 to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness. The “My Health, My Life” classes are designed to teach simple techniques for living a healthy life by managing your symptoms. The six-week program teaches key skills for improving your health, despite your illness.

Juanita Silva of Memorial’s Community Health Education appeared on KIT 1280 on Aug. 12 to talk more about the classes.

Who should take these classes?
Anyone living with a chronic illness that impacts the quality of their life can attend. We see people with any number of disorders:
•    arthritis, diabetes, asthma, depression, obesity, heart disease, cancer and debilitating, chronic pain.

You also don’t need to be ill to attend the class – caregivers and family supporters are also welcome.

What are some of the things the class teaches?
•    Healthy eating
•    Weight management
•    Getting a good night sleep
•    Preventing falls and improving balance
•    Managing your chronic disease
•    Communicating with your doctor
•    Managing your medications
•    Pain management
•    Managing difficult emotions
•    Problem solving
•    Goal setting

These classes will be held at Memorial’s Tieton House, located at 2707 Tieton Drive. They are 2-1/2 hours each, once a week for six weeks. New classes start in September.

For more information, call 225-3178 or visit

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Many cancer survivors struggle to quit smoking, study says

Aug. 20, 2014—Many cancer survivors continue to smoke. Some do so every day, and they keep smoking for years.

That’s the finding of a study published online in a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Here, researchers examined survey data collected from nearly 3,000 people who had survived one of 10 types of cancer. Study participants were selected at random from national cancer registries.

Among other things, researchers found that about nine years after cancer diagnosis:

  • More than 9 percent of all cancer survivors were current smokers.
  • Most current smokers—more than 80 percent—smoked daily, averaging over 14 cigarettes a day.
  • Those most likely to smoke were those who had survived bladder, lung or ovarian cancer.

Read the study abstract here.

The quest to quit

Overall, the study found that cancer survivors who currently smoke are younger and less educated, earn less money, and drink more alcohol. About a third said they intended to quit smoking—and about 40 percent of those wanted to do so within the next month. Those less inclined to quit were often heavier smokers, older or married.

If you see yourself reflected in these statistics, you might be motivated to pull together your own quit-smoking program. You might even be tempted to quit smoking if you don’t fit these descriptions and you have a cancer background.

Some smokers diagnosed with cancer simply think it’s too late to quit or that there’s no good reason to do so, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

If that’s true for you, remember that quitting tobacco is always beneficial, and it’s always possible, ASCO said. Benefits include:

  • Longer life
  • More energy
  • Fewer side effects from cancer treatment while treatment continues
  • Less chance of cancer recurrence
  • Lower risk of other serious diseases

Smoking is also expensive. To calculate just how much you might be spending on a smoking habit, try this calculator.

The take-home message
Quitting smoking should be part of your cancer-recovery program. With help, you can kick the habit for good.

The most successful stop-smoking plans include steps such as setting a quit date and developing strategies to deal with things that spark the urge to smoke, ASCO said. Nicotine replacement therapy, other medications and counseling can help.

To get started, talk with your doctor. He or she can help you find a plan that’s best for you, prescribe any necessary medications and point you toward support services that can help you quit smoking for good.

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Young and Pregnant – Teen Pregnancy Class – This Saturday!

This childbirth education class is designed specifically for teen moms, 19 years or younger and their support person (boyfriend, husband, sister, mom or friend) who want more information on pregnancy and labor/delivery.

Class includes:
A tour of the Family Birthplace
Labor and Delivery
Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
Comfort Measures
Medical Procedures
Cesarean Information
Post-Partum Planning

***All those who complete the class will receive a complimentary car seat for your baby.

When: August 23rd
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – Classrooms A & B (in the basement)
Cost: $75, includes Mother and a partner. Registration required (Medicaid Accepted). We also accept debit/credit cards and checks. Scholarships are available.

For more information and to register please contact Teresa Posada at 509-248-7322.

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Short, slow running sessions still great for your heart

Aug. 19, 2014—Who says heart-healthy exercise has to be an epic event? With just a few minutes and a good pair of running shoes, you could be on your way to reaping some potentially huge fitness benefits.

In fact, running for as little as five minutes a day might even help you avoid dying early from heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

About the study

More than 55,000 people were included in this study, and researchers examined data that was gathered between 1974 and 2002.

A physical exam was part of the initial screening for the study, and people were asked to fill out questionnaires during this visit. The answers to those questions helped the researchers identify more than 13,000 runners.

Both runners and nonrunners were tracked, and during the course of the study, there were 3,413 deaths from all causes and 1,217 from cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

After adjusting for various factors, including the participants’ other exercise activities, the researchers noticed that nonrunners died about three years earlier than runners.

When compared to nonrunners, runners were 45 percent less likely to die of CVD disease. Had every participant been a runner, 1 out of every 4 CVD deaths could have been prevented, the researchers estimated.

In terms of predicting decreased life expectancy, not running was right up there with notorious risk factors like high blood pressure and smoking, the researchers reported.

What’s more, runners didn’t have to hit the fast lane to boost their health. Running at even slow speeds (less than 6 miles per hour) and running just one to two times a week was associated with a reduced risk of dying prematurely, when compared with not running. And those who kept up their healthy habit saw the greatest benefits.

Read the study abstract here.

The take-home message
Running is a form of aerobic exercise that offers many health benefits. If you’re not exercising and want to make running part of your routine, government guidelines suggest a weekly goal of at least 75 minutes that can be done in 10-minute chunks. While that’s doable for some, the research implies that runners might sidestep some serious health risks even at levels lower than this. And that’s great news for would-be runners whose busy schedules have kept them from starting to work out.

If you want to try running, you may want to check with your doctor first, especially if you haven’t exercised in quite some time.

When you’re ready to get started, taking a few precautions from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine could help you prevent injuries that are associated with running:

  • Don’t push yourself. Up your running distance gradually, and give yourself days to rest between workouts.
  • If possible, run on a smooth surface, such as a designated jogging trail. Avoid rough roads and, at first, hills.
  • Replace your shoes about every 500 miles.

For more tips on running safely, click here.

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Today’s Magical Moment at Children’s Village

“JJ was 9 months old when we first started going to CV and his speech therapist began teaching us sign language. He was lying on a mat and the therapist and I were talking when he looked over and was signing ‘more’ because he wanted the ball that had rolled away from him. I think I started to cry . . . he could communicate with us! He learned over 100 words and spoke sign exclusively for 1 ½ years of his life . . . and now at 14, he still uses it occasionally. Without the speech therapist his world would’ve been so much smaller!”

For more information on the wonderful services at Children’s Village visit

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Report: Parents Projected to Spend $245,340 to Raise a Child Born in 2013

Data shows lowest costs are in urban South and rural regions of the U.S., costs highest in urban Northeast

Courtesy USDA Office of Communications

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its annual report, Expenditures on Children and Families, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child. The report shows that a middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation*) for food, housing, childcare and education, and other child-rearing expenses up to age 18. Costs associated with pregnancy or expenses occurred after age 18, such as higher education, are not included.

While this represents an overall 1.8 percent increase from 2012, the percentages spent on each expenditure category remain the same. As in the past, the costs by location are lower in the urban South ($230,610) and rural ($193,590) regions of the country. Families in the urban Northeast incurred the highest costs to raise a child ($282,480).
“In today’s economy, it’s important to be prepared with as much information as possible when planning for the future,” said USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. “In addition to giving families with children an indication of expenses they might want to be prepared for, the report is a critical resource for state governments in determining child support guidelines and foster care payments.”

The report, issued annually, is based on data from the federal government’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, the most comprehensive source of information available on household expenditures. For the year 2013, annual child-rearing expenses per child for a middle-income, two-parent family ranged from $12,800 to $14,970, depending on the age of the child.

The report, developed by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), notes that family income affects child-rearing costs. A family earning less than $61,530 per year can expect to spend a total of $176,550 (in 2013 dollars) on a child from birth up to age 18. Middle-income** parents with an income between $61,530 and $106,540 can expect to spend $245,340; and a family earning more than $106,540 can expect to spend $407,820.

“Food is among the top three expenses in raising children,” said CNPP Executive Director Angela Tagtow. “Parents have the challenge of providing food that is not only healthful and delicious, but also affordable. We have great resources such as that features tips to help families serve nutritious and affordable meals. I encourage parents to check out our Healthy Eating On a Budget resources, 10-Tips Nutrition Series, recipes, and MyPlate Kids’ Place, which features digital games for kids to get engaged themselves in healthy eating.”

For middle-income families, housing costs are the single largest expenditure on a child, averaging 30 percent of the total cost. Child care and education was the second largest expense at 18 percent, followed by food, which accounted for 16 percent of the total cost.

“Variations by geographic region are marked when we look at housing, for example,” said study author and CNPP economist Mark Lino, Ph.D. “The average cost of housing for a child up to age 18 is $87,840 for a middle-income family in the urban West, compared to $66,240 in the urban South, and $70,200 in the urban Midwest. It’s interesting to note that other studies are showing that families are increasingly moving to these areas of the country with lower housing cost.”

In 1960, the first year the report was issued, a middle-income family could have expected to spend $25,230 ($198,560 in 2013 dollars) to raise a child until the age of 18. Housing was the largest child-rearing expense both then and now. Health care expenses for a child have doubled as a percentage of total child-rearing costs during that time. In addition, some common current-day costs, such as child care, were negligible in 1960.

Expenses per child decrease as a family has more children. Families with three or more children spend 22 percent less per child than families with two children. As families have more children, the children can share bedrooms, clothing and toys can be handed down to younger children, food can be purchased in larger and more economical quantities, and private schools or child care centers may offer sibling discounts.

The full report, Expenditures on Children by Families, 2013, is available on the web at In addition, families can enter the number and ages of their children to obtain an estimate of costs with a calculator via the interactive web version of the report.
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Additional Materials Available:

•    Infographic:
•    Full Report:
•    Interactive Calculator:
The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, part of USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission area, works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
*Projected inflationary costs are estimated to average 2.4 percent per year. This estimate is calculated by averaging the rate of inflation over the past 20 years.
**For the purposes of this report, a middle-income family is defined as the middle third of the income distribution for a two-parent family with children.

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Classes and Events This Week

Events for August 17 – 23
Aug 17
1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…
Aug 18
10:00 am Mom and Baby Group
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
Bring your baby (up to 12 months old) and join other moms to discuss
parenting topics, postpartum health and safety and early intervention.
11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/support group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
Lamplight Bible Study is designed for cancer patients and their caregivers/family members. You will see how the Bible can help navigate through their cancer journey. Classes held every 1st and 3rd Mon…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and
strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection
between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you…
Aug 19
8:00 am Diabetes Blood Sugar Screenings
Memorial Diabetes Prevention and Wellness
Ends @
Diabetes Blood Sugar and Foot Screenings-For most accurate blood sugar screening results, do not eat or drink anything 8-12 hours prior to screening.
Screens are held at the Center for Diabetes…
10:00 am Diabetes Support Group (Morning, June July August -no meeting)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
The Center for Diabetes Prevention and Control provides a genuine understanding of diabetes self-management and is committed to helping those with diabetes gain the skills and confidence needed to suc…
12:00 pm North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
6:30 pm Parent to Parent Hispanic Social Yakima Ends @
The Parent to Parent program offers emotional support and information to families raising children with special health or developmental needs. Events and classes hosted by Parent to Parent are free bu…
Aug 20
9:00 am Recipe Modification (am)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
Recipe Modification – Learn how to modify and make heart healthy recipes to decrease calories and boost nutrition without sacrificing flavor.

Classes are one hour each, offered at 9 am and 3 pm at…

2:00 pm Cancer Support Group (co-ed)
North Star Lodge
Ends @
Co-ed Support Group for cancer patients, families and caregivers on the first Monday and every third Wednesday of the month.
Topics may include diet, exercise, treatment side effects from…
3:00 pm Recipe Modification (pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
Recipe Modification – Learn how to modify and make heart healthy recipes to decrease calories and boost nutrition without sacrificing flavor.

Classes are one hour each, offered at 9 am and 3 pm at…

6:30 pm Baby Basics
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
Diapering, bathing, feeding; there’s so much involved with in caring for a newborn! Learn all the infant basics, what you can do to be organized and gain insight into recognizing baby’s “cues.”

Aug 21
11:00 am Can we talk? August Topic: Transitions and palliative care
Harman Center
Ends @
Can we talk?  Is a monthly speaker series on end of life issues.  Preparing for the end of life is something that should be discussed but people often find difficult to bring up with friends and loved…
12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session
North Star Lodge
Ends @
A cancer diagnosis can cause anxiety, stress and sometimes
depression for patients and their caregivers. There are natural
ways to combat these side effects and it’s something anyone
can learn.
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays, 3 of 4)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
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Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…
Yakima Autism Support Ends @
The Parent to Parent program offers emotional support and information to families raising children with special health or developmental needs. Events and classes hosted by Parent to Parent are free bu…
Aug 22
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
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`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor receiv…
Aug 23
10:00 am Young and Pregnant Teen Childbirth Program
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)
Ends @
Memorial Hospital’s Young and Pregnant Childbirth Class is specially designed for individuals who are 19 and younger, and their partners (boyfriend, husband, sister, mom or friend), who want informati…

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Upcoming Events for August 24 – 30
Mon Aug 25 9:00 am Men, Women and Heart Disease (am) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
10:00 am Mom and Baby Group (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
3:00 pm Men, Women and Heart Disease (pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group
Tue Aug 26 8:00 am Diabetes Blood Sugar Screenings (Memorial Diabetes Prevention and Wellness)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
4:30 pm Aprendiendo a Vivir con su Diabetes-Clase de diabetes en español (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Wed Aug 27 9:00 am Eating For Life (am class) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
3:00 pm Eating For Life (pm class) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
6:30 pm Boot Camp For New Dads (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Thu Aug 28 12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
6:00 pm Family Support Group for Type 1 Diabetes (Children’s Village)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays, 4 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Fri Aug 29 9:00 am Exercised Breathing (am) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
3:00 pm Exercised Breathing (pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)

View the entire calendar online

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Many overweight and obese kids think they’re at a healthy weight

Aug. 18, 2014—When overweight kids check themselves out in the mirror, what do they see?

A significant percentage of them believe they’re seeing a person of healthy weight, according to an analysis published in a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief. But unlike the distortion in a carnival fun-house mirror, real-world body-size misperception isn’t harmless: It may actually keep kids from reaching a healthy weight.

About the analysis

Every year, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) conducts in-home interviews and mobile clinic exams to collect information about the health of a sampling of about 5,000 people in the U.S. To analyze how kids perceive their own body weight, researchers looked at NHANES data from 2005 through 2012 for children and adolescents aged 8 to 15.

Researchers found that:

  • About 30 percent of children and adolescents misperceive their weight status. In other words, the way they see themselves doesn’t match their actual weight.
  • About 81 percent of overweight boys and 71 percent of overweight girls believe they’re about the right weight. Health care professionals consider kids overweight if their body mass index (BMI) is between the 85th and 94th percentile on the growth charts for their age and sex.
  • Among obese children, 48 percent of the boys and 36 percent of the girls believe their weight is about right. Kids are considered obese if their BMI is at or above the 95th percentile for their age and sex.

Read the entire report here.

The take-home message
Obesity is a medical condition that’s on the rise among young people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And yet, this report suggests that many kids just don’t realize that they have a weight problem, and that might mean they’re not motivated to take steps to reach a healthy weight.

Your family pediatrician is the best person to assess your child’s weight. If your son or daughter’s BMI is in the overweight or obese category as measured by the pediatrician, it’s time to take notice. Chances are your child isn’t simply big-boned. Your child might need your help in order to pull together a plan that could lead to a healthier life.

According to CDC, childhood obesity happens when kids eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough. To help your child find a healthy balance between calories in and calories out:


  • Serve plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit foods that are high in fats and sugars
  • Swap sugary drinks like chocolate milk and fruit juice for water
  • Limit screen time to no more than one to two hours a day. The more time kids spend texting, watching TV or playing video games, the less time they have for getting the hour or more of physical activity they need each and every day.

To find out more about how excess weight could be dangerous for your child, and for you, click here.


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4 summer camping safety tips

If your family’s favorite vacation plans include hiking in the woods and singing around a campfire, you’re not alone. In 2012, 38 million Americans spent more than 516 million days camping.

To help you and your kids camp safely this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service offer these tips.

1. Know before you go. Make a family project of learning to:

• Read a compass

• Build a temporary shelter

• Cook and store food safely

• Repair gear such as bikes, backpacks or snowshoes

2. Be prepared. Never leave home without these necessities:

• A first aid kit, including the prescription medications your family needs

• Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses for all

• Insect repellants: DEET for the skin and permethrin for clothes

• Working flashlights and extra batteries

• Waterproof matches

• A compass and trail maps

• One whistle per child, to wear while hiking

• High-energy food, including healthy snacks

• Fresh water or purification tablets

• Shelter, bedding, clothing and protective gear (such as helmets and lifejackets) that fit your planned activities—and the weather.

3. Leave a trail. Before heading out:

• Give someone your family’s itinerary—include your vehicle’s license plate number

• Tell that person if your plans change

4. Heed the call of the wild—safely. Once you’re there:

• Pitch tents—before dark—on flat surfaces that are well away from these hazards: cliffs; tall trees, which could be struck by lightning; streams, which could flood; poison ivy, sumac and oak; bees; and large ant colonies

• Never let kids hike or swim alone

• Be sure kids know not to leave the campsite after dark

• Never feed or approach wild animals

• Check everyone for ticks each evening. Remove ticks right away

Now, toast some marshmallows, and enjoy the stars together!

Additional source: The Outdoor Foundation

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The scarf that becomes a poncho!

Who doesn’t appreciate a versatile, practical, and affordable article of clothing? For $21.95 this fringe scarf transforms to a poncho with a hood!

Stop by the Gift Shop and let the volunteers demonstrate this must have for the fall season!

scarf The scarf that becomes a poncho!

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