Common genes raise diabetes risk, study finds

July 26, 2016— Experts have long known that a person’s risk for getting type 2 diabetes is partly related to genes. But now, a large new study is shining a much brighter light on the disease’s genetic component.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious health problem that affects roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide. Learning more about why some people are more likely to get the disease than others can help scientists develop more effective treatments.

About the study

Researchers studied the DNA of more than 120,000 people of European, South and East Asian, North and South American, and African descent. They compared the genetic information from people without diabetes to those with type 2 diabetes.

They found that most of the genetic risk for diabetes comes from certain common gene changes, or variants. Each of these changes plays a small part in raising a person’s overall diabetes risk.

This knowledge can help scientists find new treatments that take a person’s individual genetic profile into account. However, researchers say more studies are still needed to learn about the gene variants in other groups of people.

Read more about the study in Nature.

The take-home message
Your family history might put you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. But that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to get the disease, says the American Diabetes Association.

Even if you’re predisposed to diabetes, there are plenty of risk factors that you have the power to change. These include:

Being overweight.
Having high blood sugar.
Having high blood pressure.
Having high cholesterol.
Being inactive.
Smoking.
Eating an unhealthy diet.
Talk with your doctor about first steps toward a healthier lifestyle. You might decide to try to eat a healthier diet or exercise more. That can help you lose weight and improve your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. If you smoke, it’s important to come up with a plan for quitting. Your doctor can help with that too.

Want to learn more about diabetes prevention? Test your knowledge and find out about your risk factors with this short quiz.

Classes and Events This Week

Events for July 24 – 30
Mon
Jul 25
9:00 am D.A.S.H. and Mediterranean Diets (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
11:00 am D.A.S.H. and Mediterranean Diets (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
3:00 pm D.A.S.H. and Mediterranean Diets (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
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4:00
DASH Diet – Do you have high blood pressure or cholesterol? If so, then the DASH Diet may be for you. Learn how implementing the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet can help lower your blood pr…
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
4:30
This 30 minute information session about Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program will explain the research behind this evidence based program and why it is proven to slow the progression to type 2 diab…
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…
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group 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…
Tue
Jul 26
9:00 am Memorial walking group
Kissel Park
Ends @
10:00
Welcome to the Memorial walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for physical activity and socialization. The walking session will be supervised by a certified trainer from Memorial…
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop June 14 – August 2
Cottage in the Meadow
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1:00
Grief Recovery Workshop is an 8-week course centered on personal discovery and homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery. The group meets every Tuesday for eight (8) weeks.
North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
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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…
6:00 pm Clase de dar Pecho y Cuidado Básico del Bebé
Memorial’s Community Education Center
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9:00
Clase de dar Pecho y Cuidado Básico del Bebé

*Nuevos padres con Recién Nacidos son
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Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
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7:00
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
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8:15
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Wed
Jul 27
11:00 am North Star Lodge Oncology walking group
Walk location varies -call 509 574-5875 for current location
Ends @
12:00
Welcome to the NSL walking group.  Our goal is to provide a weekly opportunity for patients to get together in a casual atmosphere for some physical activity and socialization. The walking session wil…
12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
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1:30
Do you ever ask?
“Will I be able to breastfeed after my baby is born”?
“Am I doing this right?”
“Is this supposed to hurt like this?”
“Is my baby getting enough to eat?”
You are not alone. All…
Cancer Support for Men, Women and Families
Wellness House
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1:00
Co-ed Support Group for cancer patients, families and caregivers
Topics may include diet, exercise, treatment side effects from chemo/
radiation and open discussion.
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
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7:00
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
6:30 pm Baby Basics
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
9:00
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.”

7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
8:30
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Thu
Jul 28
8:30 am Safe Sitter 2016 -CLASS IS FULL Updated!
Children’s Village
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4:30
One day course for boys and girls, ages 11-13, learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior managements skills, and how to handle emergencies when caring for children.
Students will learn…
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…
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
8:30
We want you to be healthy for life! Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise ! The exercise classes are available…
Fri
Jul 29
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.

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‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
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Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
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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 who…
Sat
Jul 30
10:00 am Young and Pregnant Teen Childbirth Program
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)
Ends @
3:30
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 July 31 – August 6
Mon Aug 1 6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Tue Aug 2 9:00 am Memorial walking group (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm Grief Recovery Workshop June 14 – August 2 (Cottage in the Meadow)
North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
7:00 pm Diabetes Dialog Support Group – NO MTG in June-July-August (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Wed Aug 3 11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
12:00 pm Advanced Care Planning, 5 Wishes Seminar (Memorial Hospital Auditorium)
Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Wednesdays 1 of 4) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Thu Aug 4 9:00 am Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
12:00 pm Better Breathers Club (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer (Wellness House)
1:00 pm Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
3:00 pm Cottage in the Meadow tours (Cottage in the Meadow)
6:00 pm Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases) (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Fri Aug 5 2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)

View the entire calendar online

 

Belonging through ballet

Belonging Through Ballet

Ballet is known for its artistic and graceful movements, spinning and dancing around on the stage.  But for children at Children’s Village it is that and much more. For one little girl in particular, ballet gives her a sense of inclusion and belonging. Taylor never felt a part of a team until she be began ballet. She especially loves that the other kids are unique in their own way but at the same time are just like her. Before Taylor came to the first ballet practice with Children’s Village this spring,  she talked about not wanting to do it because she knew she would have to be in her wheelchair for the first time.  When she arrived for practice there were two other kids in wheelchairs and Taylor was thrilled. She knew she wasn’t going to be alone and realized that the beauty of ballet could be presented by anyone no matter their ability.

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Summer get-togethers – Make them fun and healthy

Summer get-togethers – Make them fun and healthy

Ah, summer! It’s time to kick back and get together-at backyard bashes, picnics in the park and parades on the Fourth of July. Here are some tips on how to keep those celebrations as healthy as they are fun..

Get everybody moving. Organize gatherings around activities that get guests on their feet. Explore a local trail together or, if kids are attending, head out on a neighborhood scavenger hunt. Play active games–maybe soccer in a nearby field or croquet or volleyball in your backyard.

Serve thirst-quenching, crowd-pleasing drinks. Beat summer heat by rethinking drinks. Skip sugary sodas and offer pitchers of ice-cold water instead. Add thinly sliced lemons, limes, watermelon or strawberries for flavor.

Pile on fresh produce. Serve family and friends just-picked summer fruits and vegetables. Fresh, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition, so be ready for requests for seconds. Think veggie kebabs, leafy green salads and big bowls of cut-up fruit.

Keep uninvited guests away. Don’t let disease-causing bacteria contaminate your food at outdoor gatherings. Place perishable foods–such as burgers, deviled eggs and potato salad–in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice or freezer gel packs. And keep the cooler in the shade. Bacteria multiply rapidly in warm temperatures.

Dish up a patriotic ending. Serve a red, white and blue dessert: a no-bake watermelon cake. It’s topped with white, yogurt-based frosting and mouth-watering blueberries. This sweet treat is packed with nutrients and low in calories. For the recipe, go to www.morehealth.org/watermeloncake.

Finally, be a cheerleader for healthy habits. Keep in mind that children of all ages copy what adults around them do-whether that’s eating well or moving more, even at parties.

Sources: American Institute for Cancer Research; U.S. Department of Agriculture

Go for the gold – Find fitness inspiration in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Go for the gold – Find fitness inspiration in the Summer Olympic Games

Looking for ways to add more fun to your fitness routine? Turn your eyes to Rio de Janeiro!

That’s the site of the Summer Olympics-and a source of some energizing exercise ideas.

As you cheer the elite athletes on to victory, consider giving these Olympic-inspired activities a try yourself:

Think boxing (an Olympic event) with a kick. Kickboxing is a popular fitness trend. This feisty whole-body workout blends aerobics with boxing- and martial arts-based jabs and kicks.

Walk a marathon-at your pace. Maybe you’re not ready to run a real marathon. But don’t let that stop you from crossing the finish line like the athletes in track-and-field events. Make it your goal to walk 26.2 miles (the length of a marathon race) over the course of several months.

Try table tennis. This fast-paced calorie-burner became an Olympic sport in 1988. Dust off that basement table tennis table. Or head to the nearest recreation center.

Give golf a go. Golf returns to the Olympics this summer after being banished from the game roster for more than 100 years. Consider adding it to your active lineup too. Be sure to walk the course to maximize movement.

Row like a pro. No boat needed for these Olympic-style cardio moves. Just hit the rowing machine at the gym. Sign up for a group class to multiply the fun.

Pedal your heart out. Olympic cyclists pedal for medal in road, mountain, track and other bike races. To get your heart racing, grab a helmet, hop on your bike and ride to glory (and good health).

Form a team. Many Olympic sports can be fun for the whole family. Try playing volleyball, badminton or soccer in your backyard. Shoot some hoops in your driveway. Or pack up the kids and tennis rackets and hit some balls at a nearby court.

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; International Olympic Committee; National Institutes of Health

A worthwhile-and doable-training schedule

It takes a lot of time and training to be an Olympic athlete. You don’t have to mimic those efforts, however, to be fit.

Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity-like brisk walking or tennis-every week. And do muscle-strengthening activities, such as lifting weights or using resistance bands, on two or more days a week.

Any movement beats sitting still. But you will gain the most health benefits if you exercise regularly. Staying active could help lift your spirits, trim your waist and lower your risk of:

• Heart disease.

• Stroke.

• Type 2 diabetes.

• Some cancers, including colon cancer.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Olympic trivia

• The ancient Olympic Games began in Greece about 3,000 years ago. They were originally held over one day. The games were suspended in 393 AD. The modern games were revived in 1896.

• The Olympic torch, which symbolizes friendship and peace, will travel this year across Brazil-mainly by foot-for nearly 100 days.

• More than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to be in Rio de Janeiro for the Summer Olympic Games. Four regions of the city will be home to 32 competition venues.

• Some of the things organizers are expecting to need for the games: 25,000 tennis balls, 8,400 shuttlecocks (for badminton), 60,000 clothes hangers and 34,000 beds.

• During 17 days of competition, 306 medal events will take place-136 for women, 161 for men and 9 mixed.

Sources: International Olympic Committee; Rio 2016

Thank you, Legends Casino!

Owned and operated by the Yakama Nation, each year Legends Casino gives a percentage of its profits to area emergency services and nonprofit agencies.

On Wednesday, the casino handed out nearly $900,000, with $464,307 given to emergency agencies and $434,027 to nonprofits. Cottage in the Meadow, North Star Lodge and Children’s Village were three (3) of nearly 200 nonprofits awarded funds in amounts ranging from $1,000 to more than $10,000.

Cottage in the Meadow Hospice Care Center and Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Program, Compass Care,  received $10,844 to serve patients and families who are struggling significantly with their day to day financial existence, and the illness and impending death of their loved one magnifies these struggles. The hospice emergency fund provides support and assistance to assure quality of life in the final stages of life’s journey.

North Star Lodge Cancer Center received $7,500 to support its cancer care fund which provides hardship assistance for patients who are forced to leave their employment during treatments, and for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or lack caregiver support. This fund helps cancer patients who need transportation to and from appointments, prescription assistance, nutritional supplements, counseling and stress reduction programs.

Children’s Village received $5,000 for its emergency fund to assist families who face significant needs, unexpected obstacles, and extraordinary expenses associated with the medical costs of having a child with special needs. This fund was established to fill in the gaps when no other options are available.

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Aaron Whitefoot from Legends presents a check to Carol Vanevenhoven, Oncology Service Line Director at North Star Lodge.

We are truly grateful to the Yakama Nation Legends Casino for their generosity! These grants allow us to help those patients who have the greatest need while confronting extremely difficult medical challenges.

Safe Sitter classes teach boys and girls safe, nurturing childcare techniques

Safe Sitter classes teach boys and girls safe, nurturing childcare techniques

Memorial Family of Services is offering a series of one-day Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

Students will gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Instruction includes basic first aid, infant and child CPR, and choking child rescue, though students will not become CPR-certified.
Students will also learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits, and they will gain confidence in how to deal with children.

This one-day course is being offered at Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road in Yakima, on the following dates: June 13, 23, and 30; and July 7, 18 and 28. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Students should bring a sack lunch. The fee is $40 and includes the class, a Safe Sitter manual and course completion card.

To register, visit yakimamemorial.org and click on classes and events. For more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 509-577-5015 or martinsanchez@yvmh.org.