Stress, sneeze, repeat: Study links stress to allergy flare-ups

People who regularly feel stressed out tend to have more frequent flare-ups of their allergies than allergy sufferers under less strain, according to a study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Plus, the study found that the more flare-ups the people had, the more their mood worsened. The worse their mood, the more they felt stressed—and the more their allergy symptoms flared.

It’s a perfect storm of stressing and sneezing.

“Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers,” said lead study author Amber Patterson, MD. “Our study also found that those with more frequent allergy flare-ups also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares.”

About the study

The research involved 179 university employees in Ohio who were initially part of a 12-week-long study looking at the potential health benefits of mindfulness.

Part of the study involved completing an online diary each night at bedtime during two separate two-week periods. Diary details included any allergy symptoms, stressful events, stress levels and mood.

To help researchers calculate a daily stressful event score, the people also documented whether or not they had experienced a stressful scenario that day involving friends, spouses or partners, work, or coworkers. In addition, they rated their own stress level by answering the question: “Overall, how stressful were your relations with your friends/spouse/family/coworkers today?”

Researchers collected saliva samples of each person four times a day to measure levels of cortisol, a hormone that indicates stress.

Sixty-nine people reported at least one allergy flare-up, and most had more than four during the total 28 days of diary entries. These same people also reported feeling more frazzled than those without allergy symptoms. Their allergies tended to flare up more during periods of stress, although generally not on the same day as a stressful event.

The study’s findings suggest that persistent stress over a period of time has more of an effect on allergy flares than any single day of high stress, the authors wrote.

Researchers also found a link between feeling upset or irritable and frequent allergy symptoms. Whether allergy symptoms led to the negative mood or the negative mood triggered the allergy symptoms—or even a bit of both—the study wasn’t able to answer.

The study’s findings are limited by relying on the people’s self-reports, which could mean that allergy symptoms weren’t accurately recorded. It’s also possible that allergy medications may have had an effect on people’s moods. But, the authors wrote, “if [the people] regularly used antihistamines during this study without reporting it, then the effects of stress on symptom flares could be greater than reported.”

Another possible limitation was that the study took place from September to May, so people with summer allergies would not have had symptoms.

The take-home message
Stress doesn’t cause allergies. But some allergy sufferers may benefit from stress awareness and coping strategies—from asking for help with overloaded schedules to carving out time to relax and have fun.

“While alleviating stress won’t cure allergies, it might help decrease episodes of intense symptoms,” Dr. Patterson said.

How can you tell what’s causing your allergies? What’s the difference between being allergic to pollen and being allergic to foods? Find the answers at the Allergies health topic center.

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The Period Of Purple Crying

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we want to highlight a program Memorial has implemented to educate new parents about why their babies cry. Andrea Mueller of Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to talk about the Period of Purple Crying.

The Period of Purple Crying is a way to help parents understand this time in their baby’s life, which is a normal part of every infant’s development. The Period of Purple Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. The letters in the word Purple have a meaning:

P is for Peak – Your baby may cry more in the second month

U is for Unexpected – The crying may come and go and you won’t know why

R is for Resists Soothing – Your baby may not stop crying, no matter what you try

P is for Pain-like Face – A crying baby may look like he or she is in pain

L is for Long Lasting – Crying can last as much as five hours

E is for Evening – Your baby may cry more in the early evening or at night

The key point is that this crying is a normal part of a baby’s development. Some babies cry more than others, but this is normal for all mammals. Scientists have found that all breast-feeding animals have a similar developmental stage of crying in the first months of life as humans do.

How is Memorial educating new parents about this?

Parents need to understand that there is nothing “specific” about crying. They can cry for many reasons.

 

Memorial’s childbirth education classes have been working to educate new moms about this for several years. Memorial also began implementing the Period of Purple Crying program in the NICU last fall and in the Family Birthplace in January. Every family receives a copy of a DVD and booklet about the Period of Purple Crying.

This is an evidence-based program. Every family has to watch the DVD in the Family Birthplace with a nurse standing by to ask questions.

How should you soothe your baby?

It’s important to recognize that some things work some of the time, but nothing works all of the time. Babies do not have an on-off switch for crying. Some things can help:

  • Carry your baby in a sling
  • Take baby for a car ride
  • Rock baby back and forth
  • Run a vacuum cleaner or create some other form of white noise – a fan, running water
  • Sing songs or play music
  • Give your baby a bath
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Pacifier

What should you avoid?

Getting frustrated. The worst thing that can happen is that a parent or caregiver gets so frustrated with the crying, or their lack of success in soothing their baby, that they shake or otherwise hurt the baby.

Last year, there were five infants in Yakima County that were “shaken baby” sufferers. One infant died. This is devastating, and it is avoidable by educating parents about how to soothe their crying infants.

For more information, visit purplecrying.info.

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Local Women Champion Nurse Family Partnership Before Congress

Kudos to Crystal Towne and Sherene Sucilla! The two Yakima Valley women testified before a Congressional committee last week about the importance of the Nurse-Family Partnership, urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means to continue their support for the program.

The Nurse-Family Partnership is the leading nurse home visiting program for first-time, low-income moms and their families. Memorial is proud to help serve Central Washington families through the voluntary program, which is housed at Children’s Village and has the capacity to serve 150 families.

NFP nurses and their clients make a 2½ year commitment to one another. They develop strong relationships over their course of 64 planned visits that focus on the strengths of the young mother and on her personal health, quality care giving and life course development.

Crystal and Sherene developed such a bond.

Crystal, an NFP nurse home visitor, detailed out how gang activity and high crime rates in the Yakima Valley make the Nurse-Family Partnership a critical element of the county’s continuum of services for prevention and families in need.

“NFP can help break the cycle of poverty by empowering young mothers to become knowledgeable parents who are able to care for their children and guide them along a healthy life course,” Crystal said.

Sherene, an NFP graduate, shared her personal story with committee members: spending six years in foster care, attending seven different schools and becoming a first-time mom.

“I would have been pretty lost without this program,” she told members of the committee. “Nurse-Family Partnership really gave me the opportunity to be a good parent, and then to realize that I am good at it – this gives me a proud feeling every day.”

Congratulations to both women for sharing their stories!

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Stressed out? Fight back with these tips!

(Courtesy of the American Heart Association)

When stress hits, your body releases adrenaline, a hormone that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up and your blood pressure to rise. These reactions prepare you to deal with the situation — the “fight or flight” response. Too much stress can contribute to everything from high blood pressure to asthma to ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome. More research is needed to determine how stress contributes to

heart disease— the No. 1 killer of Americans. But stress may affect behaviors and factors that are proven to increase heart disease risk: high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, smoking, physical inactivity and overeating.

There may also be a link to stroke, possibly because people with high anxiety levels are more likely to smoke and be physically inactive, which are risk factors for stroke.

Stress can also hurt your head, strain your back and make your stomach hurt. It can even zap your energy, wreak havoc on your sleep and make you feel cranky, forgetful and out of control. When stress is constant, your body remains in high gear off and on for days or weeks at a time. Although the link between stress and heart disease isn’t clear, chronic stress may cause some people to drink too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure and may damage the artery walls.

Can managing stress reduce or prevent heart disease?

Managing stress is a good idea for your overall health, but current research doesn’t prove it’s effective for preventing heart disease. A few studies have examined how well treatment or therapies work in reducing the effects of stress on cardiovascular disease. Studies using psychosocial therapies — involving both psychological and social aspects — are promising in the prevention of second heart attacks.

What can you do about stress?

Figuring out how stress pushes your buttons is an important step in dealing with it. To help you feel better in the most stressful moments, try these healthy techniques and repeat the ones that work best for you.

•Practice positive self-talk — Turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

•Find an emergency stress stopper that works for you — Count to 10, take a walk, or take time to think about how a big problem can be broken into smaller pieces.

•Find pleasure — Read a book, play your favorite sport, or call a friend for coffee.

•Schedule daily relaxation time — Try to devote 10 minutes a day to breathing deeply or picturing peaceful scenes.

If your stress is nonstop, stress management classes can also help. Look for them at community colleges, rehab programs, in hospitals or by calling a therapist in your community. See if your workplace offers an employee assistance program. You may be referred to a counselor who can help. You may even want to give yoga a try. The calming benefits may lower your blood pressure and help you feel more relaxed. Be careful not to confuse stress with anxiety. If you suffer from severe anxiety, talk to your doctor about whether you need medication. Stressful situations can worsen anxiety and depression. Be sure and talk to your doctor if you experience more than situational stress.

How Can I Make My Life Healthier?

Taking steps to lead a healthier lifestyle can help reduce your stress and your risk of health

complications.

Here are some heart-healthy suggestions:

•Don’t smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products.

•Have your blood pressure checked regularly. Keep your blood pressure below 120/80 mm Hg.

•Eat a healthy diet consistent with recommendations from the American Heart Association.

•Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (or a combination) each week.

•Maintain a healthy weight (body mass index less than 25 kg/m2).

•Keep your total cholesterol at less than 200 mg/dL.

•Keep your fasting blood glucose at less than 100 mg/dL.

For more ways to reduce stress, visit www.heart.org

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Kohl’s Department Stores donates $6,900…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 12, 2014
Contact: Shannon Dininny, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
509-577-5051/shannondininny@yvmh.org

Kohl’s Department Stores donates $6,900 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
for Children’s Wellness Program

YAKIMA, Wash. — Kohl’s Department Stores donated $6,900 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Saturday, April 12, at Memorial’s Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness family health and fitness event at Franklin Park, Yakima.

The Kohl’s Cares® donation will help to buy bike helmets that will be distributed to children at Memorial’s seventh annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair, which is scheduled for July 26 at the Modern Living Building, Yakima County Fairgrounds. Helmets will be fitted and distributed to the first 500 children who attend the event.

“Memorial is thrilled to have Kohl’s continued support for programs that improve the health and wellness of the Yakima community,” said Anne Caffery, Memorial vice president of communications and president of The Memorial Foundation. “Through their financial support and volunteer spirit, Kohl’s and its employees have shown their commitment to improving lives, and we look forward to working with them to ensure their efforts do just that.”

In the past three years, Kohl’s has donated more than $21,000 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Foundation. Other Memorial initiatives supported through Kohl’s Cares include Children’s Village, YouthWorks and other child safety programs through community education. Kohl’s also provides books and stuffed toys on a regular basis for the foundation’s Children’s Initiative, and Kohl’s employees are encouraged to volunteer at community events throughout the year.

Kohl’s commitment to Memorial is made possible through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares® features the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Memorial Family of Services includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care and advanced services for children with special health care needs.

About Kohl’s
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping  environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,155 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the
added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter or get inspired on Pinterest and Instagram.

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Classes and Events This Week

Events for April 13 – 19
Sun
Apr 13

1:00 pm

Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
5:00

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:…
Mon
Apr 14

10:00 am

Mom and Baby Group
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
12:00

Bring your baby (up to 12 months old) and join other moms to discuss
parenting topics, postpartum health and safety and early intervention.

5:30 pm

Gathering at Powerhouse*
The Powerhouse Grill
A time of companionship and support. This group meets monthly for dinner at the Powerhouse Grill. There is no book, no program, and no expectation other than that you have an opportunity to enjoy a me…

6:00 pm

Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
7:00

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…
Tue
Apr 15

8:00 am

Diabetes Blood Sugar Screenings
Memorial Diabetes Prevention and Wellness

Ends @
10:00

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 (Daytime group, see notes for topic)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
11:00

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…

11:00 am

Can we talk? April Topic, Organ donation
Memorial Hospital Auditorium

Ends @
12:00

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

North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge

Ends @
2:00

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…

2:00 pm

My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes)
Lakeview

Ends @
4:30

My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…

5:00 pm

My Health, My Life (6 Classes)
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)

Ends @
7:30

My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…

6:30 pm

Parent to Parent Hispanic Social Yakima

Ends @
8:00

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…
Wed
Apr 16

9:00 am

Weight Management (am)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Ends @
10:00

Weight Management – Are you struggling to keep your weight under control? If so, you’re not alone. Learn ways to work towards a healthy weight and lead an active life.

Classes are one hour each,…

11:00 am

CW Survivors Club -Walking program
Location Varies: Check notes for details.

Ends @
12:00

The Central Washington Survivors Club offers many ways to retain or regain strength while meeting others with similar experiences.
There will be a hosted lunch and nutrition education presentation by…
Diabetes Prevention Program
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
12:00

This is an evidence based Diabetes Prevention Program, proven to help people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn how to change their lifestyle and improve health in group meet…

1:00 pm

Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (pm class)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
4:00

Sure Start Introductory class  is a 3-hour class to get
you started on managing your diabetes, including a personalized
meal plan and class materials.

2:00 pm

Cancer Support Group (co-ed)
North Star Lodge

Ends @
3:00

Co-ed Support Group for cancer patients, families and caregivers on the first Monday and every third Wednesday of the month. It will be held in the Mt. Rainier Room in the lower level of North Star Lo…

3:00 pm

Weight Management (pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Ends @
4:00

Weight Management – Are you struggling to keep your weight under control? If so, you’re not alone. Learn ways to work towards a healthy weight and lead an active life.

Classes are one hour each,…

5:00 pm

Diabetes Prevention Program
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
6:00

This is an evidence based Diabetes Prevention Program, proven to help people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn how to change their lifestyle and improve health in group meet…

6:00 pm

Water’s Edge Chronic Pain Support Group
Lakeview

Ends @
7:00

Live life to the fullest! Learn positive coping strategies and practices to live a full life in spite of chronic pain or disability. Water’s Edge Clinical Psychologists L. Paul Schneider PhD and Mic…
Thu
Apr 17

9:00 am

Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (am class)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
12:00

Sure Start Introductory class is a 3-hour class to get
you started on managing your diabetes, including a personalized
meal plan and class materials.

12:00 pm

Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session
North Star Lodge

Ends @
2:00

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.
An…

1:00 pm

Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (pm class)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
4:00

Sure Start Introductory class  is a 3-hour class to get
you started on managing your diabetes, including a personalized
meal plan and class materials.

6:00 pm

Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
8:30

My Health, My Life is designed to help individuals who suffer from chronic illness learn simple techniques on how to live a healthy life
by managing their symptoms. This six-week program will help you…

6:30 pm

Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays, 2 of 4)
Memorial’s Community Education Center

Ends @
8:30

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 @
8:00

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…
Fri
Apr 18

9:00 am

Goal Setting (am)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Ends @
10:00

Goal Setting – Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your future and for motivating yourself. Learn how to set and achieve your heart health and wellness goals.

Classes are one hour…

Parent to Parent group Scrapbooking

Ends @
11:00

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…

2:30 pm

Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center

Ends @
4:30

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

Ends @
5:30

`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…

3:00 pm

Goal Setting (pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Ends @
4:00

Goal Setting – Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your future and for motivating yourself. Learn how to set and achieve your heart health and wellness goals.

Classes are one hour…

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Upcoming Events for April 20 – 26
Mon Apr 21

9:00 am

Recipe Modification (am) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center)

10:00 am

Mom and Baby Group (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

11:30 am

Lamplight Bible Study/support group (North Star Lodge)

3:00 pm

Recipe Modification (pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center)

5:30 pm

Your Practical Quit-Smoking Plan (North Star Lodge)

6:00 pm

Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Tue Apr 22

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)

5:00 pm

My Health, My Life (6 Classes) (Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C))
Wed Apr 23

11:00 am

CW Survivors Club -Walking program (Location Varies: Check notes for details.)
Diabetes Prevention Program (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

1:00 pm

Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (pm class) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

5:00 pm

Diabetes Prevention Program (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

6:30 pm

Baby Basics (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Thu Apr 24

9:00 am

Diabetes-Sure Start Class for Beginners (am class) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (am class) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

12:00 pm

Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)

1:00 pm

Diabetes-Sure Start Class for Beginners (pm class) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Diabetes-Sure Start Introductory class (pm class) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

6:00 pm

Family Support Group for Type 1 Diabetes (Children’s Village)

6:30 pm

Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Thursdays, 3 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Fri Apr 25

9:00 am

D.A.S.H. Diet (am) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center)

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

D.A.S.H. Diet (pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center)
Sat Apr 26

10:00 am

Young and Pregnant Teen Childbirth Program (Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C))

View the entire calendar online

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Assess your alcohol use

When does alcohol use become problematic?

How you answer that question might differ from how someone else does. That’s why it’s helpful to have objective criteria that offer some insight—and to occasionally take a good look at your alcohol consumption.

You can find out if alcohol may be a problem for you by taking this short quiz.

Overindulging in alcohol can affect your relationships, your career and your finances. And alcohol’s effects on health cannot be understated. Excessive alcohol use has been linked to:

  • Unintentional injuries resulting from car crashes, falls, drownings and firearms
  • Cardiovascular problems, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and stroke
  • Several types of cancer, including those that affect the liver, mouth, throat and esophagus
  • Birth defects among children born to mothers who drank during pregnancy
  • Dementia
  • Liver diseases, such as fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including gastritis and pancreatitis
  • Mental illness including depression and anxiety

Some people may think you must be physically dependent on alcohol before it causes problems. But that’s not the case. Even if you don’t realize that alcohol is affecting your life, it can be. And if it is, it’s important to do something about it.

Sources: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Spring Fling

Spring is here, and we want you to get up and get moving! Memorial partnered with Rock Solid Fitness on the Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness, a fun, family-friendly event aimed at getting your family active and healthy. Kate Sansom of Memorial’s Community Health Education and Becky Hamilton Jones of Rock Solid Fitness discussed the event April 8, 2014 on KIT 1280.

Why this event?

Obesity and diabetes are serious health issues in both adults and children in the Yakima Valley. Together, we want to encourage families to learn more about nutrition and fitness and explore ways they can be active – and ultimately healthy – together.

 

Memorial’s Community Health Education offers classes and programs in these areas – diabetes prevention, managing chronic disease and ACT!, which helps children who are obese and at risk of serious health issues now and into the future.

 

Rock Solid Fitness is built on changing people’s lives in health and fitness.

Becky is the founder of Rock Solid Fitness. She grew up in a home where her parents endured health problems – her father died five years ago after suffering from diabetes for years. Then Becky got motivated to make some major life changes: She left a 12-year career in web design to become an athletic trainer and make the jump into health and fitness.

 

Rock Solid Fitness and Memorial recognize that instilling healthy lifestyle habits in one person can impact an entire family, and having that positive effect on one family can slowly improve the health of an entire community.

 

The event on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Franklin Park, featured the ultimate obstacle course, with 25 obstacles of fun, physical challenges for children and their parents to work through together. Nutrition and fitness information were also provided.

 

At the event, Kohl’s Department Stores also presented a check to Memorial’s helmet safe program to provide bike helmets to children.

 

For more information about the Spring Fling or Memorial’s health education programs, visit yakimamemorial.org or call 225-3179.

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Heart Classes at Memorial

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Yakima Quit Smoking Classes

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