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The female heart: Protect it at any age

It’s crucial for women to choose a heart-healthy diet and engage in aerobic activity to protect themselves from heart disease.

911 The female heart: Protect it at any age

If you’re a woman, perhaps one of the most important things you need to know about heart disease is this: You don’t need gray hair to get it—or die from it.

It’s true that a woman’s risk of heart disease increases with age. In fact, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for American women 65 and older.

However, the disease is also the second leading cause of death among women 45 to 64 years old and the third among women 35 to 44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That’s why it’s crucial to protect your heart no matter how many birthdays you’ve celebrated. CDC and the American Heart Association recommend that you:

Choose a heart-healthy diet. Eat mostly fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and whole-grain breads. Heart-smart protein options include lean meats, fish and beans.

Try to limit the overall amount of fat in your foods and replace saturated and trans fats (like butter or partially hydrogenated oils) with healthy oils, like olive and canola. Also, pay attention to portion size.

Move more. Most adults need to do at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, along with strengthening exercises that work all the major muscle groups two or more days a week.

Make it personal. Talk with your doctor about specific risk factors—such as having diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol—that can raise your risk of developing heart disease and what you can do to lower your risk.

Keep track of your heart health and learn what your test results mean by clicking on the link to our free booklet, Know Your Numbers.


Did you know?In Yakima County:

  • Over 1 in 4 adults has high blood pressure
  • Over 1 in 3 adults has high cholesterol
  • Adults have higher cardiac risk factors than the state average

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. More people die of sudden cardiac death in the U.S. than of breast cancer, prostate cancer, homicides and traffic deaths combined.

The Yakima Heart Center and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital are working together to address cardiovascular disease in our community through education, prevention, early diagnosis and cardiac rehabilitation.

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Tap the power of superfoods to help control diabetes

diabetes superfood Tap the power of superfoods to help control diabetesNov. 16, 2014—From the grocery store to your kitchen table, what you eat is a major player in diabetes control and prevention. November is National Diabetes Month, so it’s a great time to dish up some nutrition know-how.

If you have type 2 diabetes, choosing the right foods in the right amounts may help you manage the disease and protect against related complications, such as heart disease and stroke. And even if you don’t have diabetes, eating right to manage your weight may help reduce your risk of developing the disease.

Boost control with superfoods

If you’re rethinking your nutrition, check out this infographic to find an assortment of power-packed foods to rev up your healthy eating plan. These diabetes-friendly foods contain key nutrients and sport a low glycemic index, which helps with blood sugar control.

 

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Classes and Events This Week

The Memorial Calendar

Events for November 16 – 22
Sun
Nov 16
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
Nov 17
9:00 am Hospice Volunteer Training (Day 1 of 2)
North Star Lodge
Ends @
5:00
Volunteering in hospice and transitions care can be very rewarding. Many families refer to the volunteers who helped them as “angels.”   Assistance to patients, families and caregivers is delivered in…
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.
11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/support group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
1:30
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 @
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…
Tomando Control de su Salud/”My Health, My Life” (6 classes)
South East Community Center
Ends @
8:30
Acompáñenos y adquiera técnicas más sencillas para alcanzar una salud Física, Mental y Espiritual más optima.
• Para comunicarse más efectivamente con su pareja, sus hijos, y con su médico.
• Aprenda…
Tue
Nov 18
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…
9:00 am Hospice Volunteer Training (Day 2 of 2)
North Star Lodge
Ends @
5:00
Volunteering in hospice and transitions care can be very rewarding. Many families refer to the volunteers who helped them as “angels.”   Assistance to patients, families and caregivers is delivered in…
10:00 am Diabetes Support 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…
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)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
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…
4:30 pm Aprendiendo a Vivir con su Diabetes-Clase de diabetes en español
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
7:30
Aprendiendo a Vivir con su Diabetes-Clase de diabetes en español

Las clases son ofrecidas cada cuarto jueves del mes en En el Centro de Educación del Hospital Memorial Ubicado en el 2506 al Oeste de…

5:30 pm Parent to Parent Hispanic Social Yakima Ends @
7:00
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…
6:30 pm Childbirth Education 4-Week Series (Tuesdays, 4 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:…
Wed
Nov 19
9:00 am Heart 101 -(am class)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
10:00
Heart 101 – Your heart is an amazing organ. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about your heart—From its anatomy, to how it works and how high blood pressure contributes to coronary disease.

10:00 am Ostomy Support Group
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)
Ends @
11:00
Memorial’s Ostomy support group provides support and discussion about issues with colostomies, ileostomies, or urostomies.   Meetings will occasionally feature presentations from industry experts rega…
11:00 am Heart 101 -(midday)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
12:00
Heart 101 – Your heart is an amazing organ. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about your heart—From its anatomy, to how it works and how high blood pressure contributes to coronary disease.

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.
Topics may include diet, exercise, treatment side effects from…
3:00 pm Heart 101 -(pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
4:00
Heart 101 – Your heart is an amazing organ. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about your heart—From its anatomy, to how it works and how high blood pressure contributes to coronary disease.

Thu
Nov 20
11:00 am Can we talk? November Topic: Veterans
Harman Center
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 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…
6:30 pm 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
Nov 21
9:00 am D.A.S.H. Diet (am)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
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…
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…
11:00 am D.A.S.H. Diet (midday)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
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…
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 who…
3:00 pm D.A.S.H. Diet (pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
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…
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Memorial’s Classroom (A, B, or C)
Ends @
4:00
Meets third Friday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Sat
Nov 22
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 November 23 – 29
Mon Nov 24 10:00 am Mom and Baby Group (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
5:30 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español (Children’s Village)
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
Tomando Control de su Salud/”My Health, My Life” (6 classes) (South East Community Center)
6:30 pm Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group
Tue Nov 25 8:00 am Diabetes Blood Sugar Screenings (Memorial Diabetes Prevention and Wellness)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
Wed Nov 26 9:00 am Dietary Portion Control (am) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
11:00 am Dietary Portion Control (midday) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
3:00 pm Dietary Portion Control (pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)

View the entire calendar online

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Obese kids likely to stay obese in high school

Nov. 14, 2014—Want to know if your children will have weight problems in high school? Their weight in 5th grade could offer a good clue, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers found that kids who were overweight or obese in 5th grade tended to be overweight or obese in 10th grade as well.

About the study

Researchers measured the body mass indexes (BMIs) of nearly 4,000 children when they were in 5th grade and again in 10th grade. They also measured the BMI of one parent per child at the same time. They found that:

  • 65 percent of obese 5th-graders remained obese in 10th grade.
  • Among all 5th-graders, those who were overweight were the most likely to become obese in high school. And 14 percent of overweight 5th-graders became obese by 10th grade.
  • 87 percent of children who were at a normal weight in 5th grade remained at a normal weight in 10th grade.

Researchers also interviewed children and their parents to determine factors that could potentially play a role in obesity. They found that 5th graders who were overweight were more likely to become obese if they watched too much television or had an obese parent.

Researchers noted that these findings reinforce the idea that childhood obesity should be addressed early, since younger children tend to be more receptive to healthy interventions than older ones.

To learn more, read the study at the journal’s website.

The take-home message
Childhood obesity is the top health concern among U.S. parents, and for good reason. The American Heart Association says overweight kids have an 80 percent chance of staying overweight for their entire lives, putting them at risk for negative long-term health problems like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and osteoarthritis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a BMI calculator specifically designed to measure the BMIs of children ages 2 through 19. If your child is overweight or obese, there are several ways you can help him or her achieve a healthier weight:

  • Control portions. Teach your child to focus on fullness rather than encouraging a clean plate.
  • Get moving. Encourage fun family activities like hiking or bicycling.
  • Limit screen time to 2 hours per day. Keep TVs and computers out of your child’s bedroom, and discourage snacking while watching TV.
  • Emphasize sleep. Research has found a connection between poor sleep habits and obesity. Children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep per night.
  • Serve nutritious foods. Make healthy fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy everyday staples. Save fried foods, sugary snacks, or soft drinks for occasional treats. Having meals together as a family can also help children maintain a healthy weight.

 

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Joint Commission recognizes Memorial Hospital as Top Performer

Accreditation honors Memorial for quality care in 4 areas:
heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care

YAKIMA — Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditation entity of health care organizations in the United States.

The announcement recognizes Memorial as a top performer in four areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“It is a testament to our exemplary physicians and staff at Memorial to be recognized as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission,” Memorial CEO Russ Myers says. “To be specifically recognized in the areas of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care speaks to the dedication that each and every employee places on ensuring safe, high-quality care for our patients and visitors.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

The Top Performer program supports health care organizations in their quest to improve programs and service to patients. The program is based on data reported in the previous year about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to be the best treatments for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke and immunization.

The results, released Thursday in The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” are based on data reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission accredited hospitals in 2013. Overall, the Joint Commission recognized 1,224 hospitals across the country with the 2013 Top Performer distinction. Memorial is one of 17 Washington state hospitals so recognized, and one of just nine in the state recognized in more than three clinical areas.

The full report can be found here: jointcommission.new-media-release.com/2014_annualreport/.

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Many women missing vital step to prevent cervical cancer, says CDC

Nov. 13, 2014—Many women are not getting screened for cervical cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s concerning given the importance of the screening: It can allow doctors to detect abnormal cells before they turn into cancer and give women the opportunity to take steps to potentially prevent the disease.

About the study

CDC researchers reviewed national health data to determine the number of women who hadn’t been screened for cervical cancer in the past 5 years. They also analyzed cervical cancer cases and deaths that occurred between 2007 and 2011.

While rates of cervical cancer dropped by around 2 percent, other findings were less encouraging:

  • In 2012, nearly 8 million women ages 21 to 65 reported not being screened for cervical cancer within the past 5 years.
  • The percentage of women who had not been screened was largest among those without health insurance or a regular healthcare provider.
  • Older women and women living in the southern United States were less likely to be screened.

The numbers suggest that too many women are missing opportunities for cervical cancer screenings, which can help reduce the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths. According to CDC, more than half of all new cervical cancers occur in women who have never been screened or haven’t been screened in the last 5 years. You can read CDC’s findings here.

The take-home message
All women are at risk for cervical cancer, and getting tested can save lives. It’s essential for women to learn about their screening options and get the test that’s right for them:

  • Women ages 21 to 29, including those who have had the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), should have a Pap test—a way to screen for cervical cancer by testing for abnormal cells—every 3 years.
  • Women ages 30 to 65 should have either a Pap test every 3 years or a Pap test plus HPV test every 5 years.
  • Women over age 65 should ask their doctor if they need to continue screening.
  • All women should talk with their doctors and nurses to understand their screening results.

Health insurance plans that started on or after Sept. 23, 2010, are required to cover recommended cervical cancer screening tests—usually at no cost to you. If you don’t have health insurance, you can find a plan at www.healthcare.gov. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, 2014.

In addition to cervical cancer screening, another good way to prevent cervical cancer is to get an HPV vaccine. Giving girls and boys ages 11 and 12 an HPV vaccine offers them the best protection against the HPV virus. Doing so can also help reduce a girl’s risk for developing cervical cancer later in life.

Read on to learn more about what you can do to identify and reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

 

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November is National Diabetes Month

Nov. 12, 2014—This November, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognizing National Diabetes Month and urging Americans to take steps to reduce their risk of developing the disease. It’s also a time for those who have the disease to guard against related complications.

People with diabetes are nearly 2 times more likely than those without it to die from heart disease, according to the NIH. They are also more vulnerable to serious kidney, eye and nerve diseases.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. And another 86 million or more are on the verge of getting it: Their blood sugar levels are abnormally high but not yet elevated enough for an actual diagnosis of diabetes. This condition is known as prediabetes.

Defining diabetes

There are 3 types of diabetes:

If you have diabetes

If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, the National Diabetes Education Program encourages following the diabetes ABCs—steps to reduce your risk of diabetes complications. The ABCs stand for:

  • A1C test. This test shows what your blood sugar has been over the last 3 months and can help identify your level of diabetes management.
  • Blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause a heart attack, stroke or kidney disease. The blood pressure goal for most people with diabetes is below 140/90 mm Hg.
  • Cholesterol. LDL—the bad cholesterol—can clog arteries. However, HDL—the good cholesterol—helps clear cholesterol from blood vessels.

Ask your doctor what your ABC goals should be and how to reach them.

If you have prediabetes

The number of Americans living with type 2 diabetes is growing, along with rates of obesity nationwide, according to the NIH. Still, there’s good news: This disease can be prevented. According to the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, research funded by them shows people with prediabetes who lose just a modest amount of weight—about 15 pounds—may reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 58 percent.

If you don’t have diabetes

Even if you don’t have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends doing your best to stay at a healthy weight, eat well and be active—3 safeguards that can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. It is also beneficial to understand your risk factors for developing the disease. This assessment can help you determine if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

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Memorial Hospice: Caring for our veterans

Currently, Memorial Hospice cares for fifteen veterans. Staff delivered special service pins and “Welcome Home Vietnam”  pins yesterday to all of our veterans. Cali Hunn, a social worker, said her veteran was overwhelmed and thrilled. He pinned it on his pajamas and said “I’ve never seen anything like this – thank you so much – it means so much to me – I won’t ever take it off.”

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Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Affiliation

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Virginia Mason Health System announced that their respective governing boards have signed a Letter of Intent to pursue a formal affiliation. The announcement signals that the two organizations will work exclusively to determine how and if a partnership might benefit both communities.  Memorial CEO Russ Myers appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, to talk more about that agreement and what it means for the Yakima Valley.

Why is Memorial considering a partnership with a larger health care organization?

Partnerships in health care are occurring across the country as a way to improve service, lower costs and respond to health care reform. Our purpose is to provide the best care for our community – to inspire people to thrive. That means we need to consider options that allow us to improve the health of our population, improve the patient experience of care – including quality and satisfaction – and reduce the per capita cost of health care.

We view a partnership as an opportunity for Memorial Family of Services and Virginia Mason Health System to transform health care in the Yakima Valley and create a broader network of care that better serves both organizations’ communities.

Why Virginia Mason?

Memorial and Virginia Mason, both not-for-profit health care providers, share similar values and cultures and a commitment to innovation that can improve quality, safety and the total patient experience.

How might a partnership change how health care is delivered here?

The Memorial Board of Trustees views a strategic partnership as an opportunity for Memorial – and Yakima – to maintain access to high-quality healthcare, improve access to specialty care and advance physician recruitment. Such a partnership also ensures that state-of-the-art medicine continues in this community.

There are some areas – for instance, rheumatology – where specialists are in high demand and we have difficulty recruiting them to Yakima.  This may present an opportunity to bring VM specialists here to provide these services. A partnership also could streamline the process for patients who simply must go to the west side for certain services.

How much local control will Memorial retain in a partnership?

The Letter of Intent identifies two potential boards. Memorial will retain a local governing board to carry out governance responsibilities at Memorial, with a majority of members appointed locally and some representatives appointed by Virginia Mason Health System. There also will be a Virginia Mason Health System board, with a limited number of board members who reside in the greater Yakima area.

It’s important to note, also, that The Memorial Foundation will retain its board and remain a separate non-profit entity. Money raised by the Foundation will remain in this local community, for local services and programs.

What’s the next step?

Memorial and Virginia Mason now enter a period of due diligence – basically, a deeper dive into the operations of each system to see how they might best align. We expect that process to take 4-6 months.

In the meantime, our focus does not change: delivering the best care to patients and families.

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