Classes and Events at Memorial
Classes and Events at Memorial
The West Valley High School football team and boosters presented a check for $8,107 on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, to the Memorial Family of Services for breast cancer care and awareness from their Pink, Proud and Loud Campaign.
The amount is more than triple the gift of $2,500 they presented last year. These dollars will stay in the Yakima Valley for breast cancer care at North Star Lodge Cancer Center and breast cancer screenings at ‘Ohana Mammography Center.
“Once again, the Pink, Proud and Loud Campaign came through for breast cancer prevention and breast cancer patients in the Yakima Valley,” said Darrin Cook, director of North Star Lodge. “We are so grateful for the continued support and enthusiasm of the West Valley football team and boosters.”
North Star Lodge, the distinctive centerpiece of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s comprehensive cancer care services, offers medical and radiation oncology services, as well as clinical trials. ‘Ohana Mammography Center offers a variety of services to ensure breast health, from screening mammography and core biopsy to breast health education and financial counseling.
For more information about breast health services, visit yakimamemorial.org. For additional information about cancer care services, visit northstarlodge.org.
About 1 out of 4 people with symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hasn’t talked to a doctor about those symptoms, according to an online survey released by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
COPD—which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis—is a lung disease that makes breathing increasingly difficult over time. Symptoms like shortness of breath, chronic coughing or wheezing often come on slowly. Early diagnosis and treatment can help slow its progression, but many people don’t seek help until the disease is advanced, noted the NHLBI.
“A good conversation between patients and providers about COPD can make a real difference for disease sufferers. It’s no secret that early diagnosis and treatment can improve daily living for those who have COPD—but you can’t get there without an open line of dialogue in the exam room,” said James Kiley, PhD, director of NHLBI’s Division of Lung Diseases.
In 2010, COPD surpassed stroke to become the third leading cause of death nationwide, according to the NHLBI, which estimates that half of the 24 million Americans living with COPD remain undiagnosed.
“COPD is the only major chronic disease where deaths are not decreasing,” said Dr. Kiley. “It is critical for people to understand whether they may be at risk and recognize their symptoms as early as possible.”
About the survey
The NHLBI analyzed the results of the annual HealthStyles survey, which this year involved a nationally representative sample of 4,494 adults ages 18 and older.
Among the findings:
|The take-home message|
|A large number of people who may have COPD aren’t getting treatment that could help them breathe more easily and enjoy a better quality of life now and in the future.An added—and related—finding is that the number of current smokers who have never heard of COPD is increasing.
Anyone who has symptoms of COPD (listed above) should discuss them with a doctor as soon as possible. You can learn more about COPD and how it can be treated here.
Memorial offers a support group called the Better Breathers Club for those suffering from COPD.
Second Wednesday of each month 1-2:30 pm in Memorial’s Center for Rehab & Wellness (406 S. 30th Ave-Upstairs from the Heart Center)
For information, contact Better Breathers Clinic (509) 576-7654
People who eat nuts at least once a week may live longer than those who don’t, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Data from nearly 120,000 people who were followed for about 30 years found that those who ate nuts once a week were 11 percent less likely to die during that time period compared to people who didn’t eat nuts.
People who ate nuts seven or more times a week had a 20 percent lower risk of dying during the follow-up period than people who didn’t eat nuts.
About the study
Researchers gathered information from two large, long-term studies: the Nurses’ Health Study (1980 to 2010) and the Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study (1986 to 2010). The first included only women; the second, only men.
People in the two studies filled out food-frequency questionnaires every two to four years. One item on the questionnaire asked how often a person had eaten a 1-ounce serving of nuts in the previous year. A separate item asked about consumption of peanuts, which are not true nuts but legumes.
For this analysis, researchers excluded people with a history of cancer, heart disease or stroke, leaving a total study population of 118,962 people—27,429 of whom died over the approximately 30 years of follow-up.
The authors then compared deaths with the people’s reported consumption of nuts—which the authors noted remained consistent through the years.
The analysis found that the mortality risk from any cause dropped as the frequency of nut consumption increased. In other words, the more often a person ate nuts, the less likely he or she was to die during the study. Results were similar for true nuts and for peanuts.
Nut consumption also was linked to a significantly lower risk for death from cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.
Contrary to popular belief, however, eating nuts was not associated with weight gain. In fact, the nut eaters were generally thinner than those who did not eat nuts. (Nut eaters also tended to exercise more and eat more fruits and vegetables than non-nut eaters.)
The study was co-funded by the National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council, a group representing the nut industry.
|The take-home message|
|The study did not prove that eating nuts leads to a longer life. It only found an association between the two.
It also was based on two studies that relied on people’s memories about food consumption over several years, memories which may not be accurate.
However, it did reinforce previous studies’ findings that nut consumption has healthy effects.
Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals known to benefit health. Previous studies have shown a relationship between eating nuts and a lowered risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer, according to background information in the study.
“Our data are consistent with a wealth of existing observational and clinical-trial data in supporting the health benefits of nut consumption for many chronic diseases,” the authors of the current study wrote.
Meet Shelley Desmarais: Wife. Mother. Hop farmer. Cancer survivor. Listen to her story:
A big thank-you to Solarity Credit Union, which donated $21,597 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, along with a toy-filled Radio Flyer Wagon.
Laughing is good for your health
Here are a few reasons why you should keep laughing:
• It boosts your immune system
• Raises your heart rate
• Stimulates circulation
Check out this infographic for more reasons why laughing is good for your health!
Meet Dr. Ryan Black from Yakima Ear, Nose and Throat! Dr. Black is an otolaryngologist, treating patients with ear, nose, and throat problems. Dr. Black believes healthcare involves treating the whole person, not just the complaint. He admires the teamwork that is evident at Memorial, as well as their focus on prevention versus treatment. After spending time in Vietnam and numerous states throughout the U.S., Dr. Black is happy to settle in Yakima, where he enjoys hiking and spending time with his family.
Kate Sansom, coordinator of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s ACT! program, appeared on KIT 1280 on Dec. 3, 2013 to talk about the program. Offered through Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and the Yakima Valley YMCA, the evidence-based program models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families – things families can start doing immediately.
The healthy lifestyle program is geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14, and their parents or guardians. The program is offered twice a year – September and January – and registration is open now for our January program.
How do I know if my child should register for the program?
A healthcare provider referral is required to enroll. That may be from a doctor, registered nurse, school nurse, registered dietitian or any licensed healthcare provider. They use the Body Mass Index, or BMI, to determine whether a child is overweight or obese. BMI is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height, and it’s considered a reliable indicator of the amount of body fat for most children and teens.
Why can’t healthy weight ranges be provided for children and teens, rather than having to use BMI to determine a healthy weight:
Healthy weight ranges for children and teens change with each month of age, and for each gender. They also change as a child grows taller.
What are some other things I should know about the program?
A parent or guardian must attend the program with the kids, which means the family needs to be committed to the program. Classes are available in English and Spanish.
This program is only offered twice a year and won’t come around again until September, so sign up now!
For more information contact Kate Sansom, ACT! Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509 225-3179. Or go to yakimamemorial.org for more information.
As always, Memorial and the YMCA would like to thank the generous sponsors who make this program possible: Sage Fruit and the Safeway Foundation.
Frequently asked questions:
Where can I find programs for my overweight child in Yakima?
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, in coordination with the Yakima Valley YMCA, offers the ACT! program, a healthy lifestyle program geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14 and their parents or guardians. The evidenced-based program models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families.
How do I know if my child is eligible for the program?
Your healthcare provider can determine if your child is eligible and provide a referral, which is required. That may be a doctor, a registered nurse, school nurse, registered dietitian or any licensed healthcare provider. They use the Body Mass Index, or BMI, to determine whether a child is overweight or obese and eligible for the program.
What is BMI?
BMI is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height, and it’s considered a reliable indicator of the amount of body fat for most children and teens.