Prediabetes affects 1 in 3 Americans – Know your risk factors

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Feb. 2, 2016—Here’s a shocking stat: More than 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes—a serious condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than they should be. Untreated prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes and other health problems over time.

And out of those who have prediabetes, almost 9 out of 10 of them don’t know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s why CDC and other health organizations have launched a first-of-its-kind campaign to encourage people to learn more about their prediabetes risk.

What to know about prediabetes

Here’s what you should know about prediabetes—and how you can protect your health:

Prediabetes raises your risk for type 2 diabetes. Up to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years, says CDC. Prediabetes can also cause other serious health problems like heart attack or stroke.

Anyone can get prediabetes—but some people are at higher risk. You could be more likely to get prediabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Are 45 or older
  • Have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Exercise less than 3 times per week
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Are African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian American

You can learn more about your prediabetes risk by taking a quick test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org.

You can have prediabetes and feel perfectly fine. Often prediabetes doesn’t have any symptoms. That’s why so many people with the condition don’t realize they have it. But some people with prediabetes can have some symptoms of diabetes, such as blurry vision, thirst, tiredness or frequent urination.

You should talk to a healthcare provider if you’re at risk. A doctor can test your blood sugar to tell if you have prediabetes. If you’re diagnosed, he or she can also help you take steps to improve your health and lower your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes can be reversed or managed with healthy lifestyle changes. But it’s important to move fast. The sooner you act, the better chance you have of preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. Here are some things that can help:

Memorial offers a prediabetes class where participants meet in groups with a trained lifestyle coach for 16 weekly, one-hour sessions and seven monthly follow up sessions. If you would like to learn more about this program, you can attend an orientation on the last Monday of each month from 4-4:30 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center at 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd. No registration is necessary for the orientation.

 

Eat at Zesta Cucina and support West Valley and The Memorial Foundation

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Diners at Zesta Cucina might notice something a little different about the wait staff at the restaurant, 5110 W. Tieton Drive, on Saturday, February 6. Servers will include high school students vying to be named Mr. West Valley, a competition about area kids helping area kids. And a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds that evening will go toward helping the students raise money for children’s health care.

West Valley is one of five area schools participating in this year’s Children’s Miracle Network/YouthWorks pageants to raise money for the Children’s Health Care Fund, benefitting children’s health care at Memorial Family of Services: Children’s Village, Memorial’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Memorial’s Pediatric Unit.

In the months before their school’s pageant, contestants hold a variety of fundraising events to raise money for the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Efforts culminate on pageant night, when a winner will be named based on money raised, talent and other events that evening, which for West Valley will be 7 p.m., February 24 in the school’s auditorium.

Since the event was established in 2001, more than $800,000 has been raised for the Children’s Health Care Fund at Memorial.
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Classes and Events This Week

New and Updated Events  
2/9, 2pm My Health, My Life (…  
2/16, 10am Diabetes Dialog Sup…  
2/16, 2pm My Health, My Life…  
Events for February 7 – 13
Mon
Feb 8
9:00 am Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
10:00
Lipid Panel – Do you know what a lipid panel is? A lipid panel is a complete cholesterol test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Learn about these test results…
11:00 am Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
12:00
Lipid Panel – Do you know what a lipid panel is? A lipid panel is a complete cholesterol test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Learn about these test results…
11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/support group
North Star Lodge
Ends @
1:00
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 other Monday.
1:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Monthly Support Program
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
2:00
Diabetes Prevention Program alumni, You asked and we listened!!!!
Many of you have asked about continued monthly meetings for additional support and accountability. We are proud to announce the…
3:00 pm Lipid Panel (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
4:00
Lipid Panel – Do you know what a lipid panel is? A lipid panel is a complete cholesterol test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Learn about these test results…
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…
Your practical quitting Tobacco plan (4 week session)
See notes for location information
Ends @
7:00
Are you ready to quit tobacco for good? Creating a quit  plan may improve your chances. Join us for a four-part program designed to help you create and execute a practical plan. Topics will include:
•…
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…
Tue
Feb 9
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) New!
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…
3:00 pm Look Good-Feel Better
Wellness House
Ends @
5:00
This step-by-step makeover learning session is led by cosmetology professionals using products donated by the cosmetic industry. Each two-hour, hands-on-workshop includes a 12-step skin care, makeup l…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
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…
Living with loss -8 week discussion based course
Cottage in the Meadow
Ends @
7:00
An 8-week discussion-based course working through the book, Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart.
7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
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
Feb 10
12:00 pm Cancer Support for Men, Women and Families
Wellness House
Ends @
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.
1:00 pm Better Breathers Club
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
2:30
Better Breathers CLub
A support group for anyone with COPD. Families welcome.

Second Wednesday of each month 1-2:30 pm in Memorial’s Center for Rehab & Wellness (406 S. 30th Ave-Upstairs from the Heart…

3:00 pm Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
4:30
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…
5:30 pm Breast Cancer Support Group NEW!
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
6:30
Betsy Medrano,  R.N, Certified Nurse Navigator, and breast health expert will lead discussion on a variety of topics related to breast cancer. Support group is open to all women with breast cancer, fr…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
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…
7:30 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
Feb 11
9:00 am Diabetes Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm)
Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness
Ends @
12:00
This Diabetes Wellness program is for patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or those seeking to gain additional education to self manage their diabetes.  The class is delivered in 4 sessions…
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 Wellness – (Classes at 9 am and 1 pm)
Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness
Ends @
4:00
This Diabetes Wellness program is for patients who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, or those seeking to gain additional education to self manage their diabetes.  The class is delivered in 4 sessions…
6:00 pm Tomando Contro de su Salud/My Health, My Life (Orientacion y 6 clases)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
8:30
¡Lo Encontramos! El Secreto para Vivir Mejor
Acompáñenos y adquiera técnicas más sencillas para alcanzar una salud Física, Mental y Espiritual más optima.
• Para comunicarse más efectivamente con su…
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
Feb 12
9:00 am Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm))
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
10:00
Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator – A Memorial diabetes educator will review food choices, food groups, eating patterns, and outcomes that may improve your blood sugar levels. Learn how to safely manag…
11:00 am Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm))
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
12:00
Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator – A Memorial diabetes educator will review food choices, food groups, eating patterns, and outcomes that may improve your blood sugar levels. Learn how to safely manag…
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 Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator (class offered at 11 am and 3 pm))
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness
Ends @
4:00
Guest Speaker: Diabetes Educator – A Memorial diabetes educator will review food choices, food groups, eating patterns, and outcomes that may improve your blood sugar levels. Learn how to safely manag…

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Upcoming Events for February 14 – 20
Mon Feb 15 9:00 am Recipe Modification (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
11:00 am Recipe Modification (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
3:00 pm Recipe Modification (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm) (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
5:30 pm Your practical quitting Tobacco plan (4 week session) (See notes for location information)
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 Feb 16 10:00 am Diabetes Dialog Support Group – Daytime Session New! (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
2:00 pm My Health, My Life (Orientation and 6 Classes) New! (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Living with loss -8 week discussion based course (Cottage in the Meadow)
6:30 pm Successful Breastfeeding (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
7:15 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Wed Feb 17 3:00 pm Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise – Bilingual Family Fitness and Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Thu Feb 18 12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session (North Star Lodge)
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer (Wellness House)
1:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group (Living Care Retirement Community)
6:30 pm Yakima Autism Support
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Gentle Yoga (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Fri Feb 19 9:00 am Parent to Parent group Scrapbooking
2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Sat Feb 20 9:00 am Childbirth Education -1 day class, Saturday (Memorial’s Community Education Center)

View the entire calendar online

5 Tips for Better Heart Health

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Say NO to smoking or tobacco.  Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. The chemicals found in tobacco can damage your heart, causing atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) which could cause a heart attack or heart failure.

You are what you eat.  Eating a healthy diet means making permanent changes to your diet that include eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Limiting certain fats is important; aim to get your protein from low-fat dairy products, lean meats and lower fat fish.

Get up and move!  Regular, daily physical activity can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Try for 30 minutes every day or three 10-minute sessions.  You should try to raise your heartbeat for at least 10 minutes and increase it gradually over several weeks.

Don’t forget your ZZZZZ’s.  People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, if you are putting in the time but still feel tired, consult your physician. You may have sleep apnea or a thyroid imbalance.  Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can include snoring loudly; waking up often; and having headache, sore throat or dry mouth upon awakening.

Knowledge is power.

A vital key to healthy living is having regular checkups and knowing your medical history.  The path to your best health starts by identifying the numbers that affect your health such as blood pressure, BMI, and cholesterol levels.    Download your Know Your Numbers booklet and take it to your next wellness check up.  Your doctor will appreciate you being proactive!

 

 

Yakima Valley Credit Unions Collaborate to Contribute to Memorial

SeaTac, WA. — Continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, the credit unions of the Yakima Valley will make a special contribution to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 13.

Working in partnership, the credit unions will present a check for $29,264.90 and a plaque commemorating their years-long commitment to Yakima Valley Memorial and its young patients. The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Roaring 20’s gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. The funds presented by the Yakima area credit unions will support the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Children’s Village.

“Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their region,” said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. “That allows the hospitals to let credit unions know exactly what kinds of contributions will most benefit the children. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families.”

The Credit Unions for Kids charity was born in 1986 by a group of Northwest credit unions that began raising money for regional Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is the “charity of choice” for the entire credit union movement. While more than $130 million has been raised for 170 CMN hospitals across the nation, Yakima Valley credit unions alone have collected nearly $100,000 in the past decade.

“Memorial is grateful to the Northwest Credit Union Foundation for their selfless efforts to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (CNM),” said Mary Hart, director of Memorial’s Maternal Health Services. “CNM helps support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics and Children’s Village services for special-needs children. This gift will help save lives and put smiles on the faces of sick children in our community.”

Memorial offers class to learn infant CPR, January 21

Unintentional choking and suffocation are the leading causes of all injury deaths for infants under one year of age. Being prepared for such an emergency can make all the difference.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering an opportunity for parents and caregivers of infants to learn when a baby needs rescue breathing, how to start CPR and how to care for an infant who’s choking. The class is January 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial’s Community Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. No registration is needed. The cost is $5 per person.

This is not a CPR certification class. But knowing how to respond in the first few minutes of an emergency – before professional help arrives – can mean the difference between life and death. If you are the parent or caregiver of an infant, learn infant CPR!

For more information, call 509-248-7322 or visit the Classes and Events page at yakimamemorial.org.

Memorial Family of Services’ Affiliation with Virginia Mason Is Official

SEATTLE – (Jan. 5, 2016) – The affiliation of Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services, which includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, with Virginia Mason Health System became final on Jan. 1 as expected, following regulatory review.

“I am very pleased to welcome Memorial to our organization,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are partnering with a community-focused health system that shares our vision for the future of health care and our commitment to quality and safety.”

Dr. Kaplan and Memorial CEO Russ Myers, along with Jim Berg, chairman of the Memorial Board of Trustees, and James Young, chairman of the Virginia Mason Board of Directors, signed the legal document for the affiliation during a Nov. 11 ceremony in Yakima.

“We are excited about joining the Virginia Mason organization,” Myers said, “and the opportunities this will create for expanding access to high quality, affordable and patient-centered health services in our community.”

The affiliation, a historic first for both not-for-profit organizations, is a non-cash transaction. Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association, become part of Virginia Mason.

Teams from Virginia Mason and Memorial are developing plans that will guide the collaborative integration and enhancement of services over the next several months. Clinical areas designated for integration and/or enhancement first include primary care, digestive diseases, heart, cancer, neurosciences and orthopedics.

“Our management and leadership teams share a vision and commitment to work together in building a health system that is greater than the sum of its parts,” Dr. Kaplan said.

The affiliation expands Virginia Mason’s presence in Central Washington, where it has partnerships with Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and Confluence Health in Wenatchee for providing or supporting specific services.

About Virginia Mason
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs approximately 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Using the Virginia Mason Production System management methodology, Virginia Mason is an international leader in applying lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website: www.VirginiaMason.org

To learn more about Virginia Mason, visit Facebook.com/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

About Memorial Family of Services
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is a 226-bed, acute-care, not-for-profit, 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. Visit Memorial online at www.yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh). The Memorial Foundation has raised and distributed $45 million toward innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).

Media Contacts:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@VirginiaMason.org

Rebecca Teagarden

Communications Specialist

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

and Memorial Family of Services

RebeccaTeagarden@yvmh.org

(509) 577-5051

Fill your cup with good expectations for 2016

12 31 15 New Year FireworksDec. 31, 2015—New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be synonymous with drinking. You can toast the new year and have a great time without alcohol.

Staying away from alcohol at holiday celebrations can be a smart move. You’ll remember the night—and all the fun you have. Your thinking and decisions won’t be impaired. You’ll avoid unpleasant side effects that can bring down your New Year’s, such as dizziness, queasiness and that dreaded hangover.

Whether you’re a party goer or the host with the most, you have lots of options to start 2016 off right.

Fill your cup with good expectations

Alcohol is often seen as the key to a good time. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people drink alcohol in social situations because it:

  • Makes them feel more outgoing.
  • Loosens them up.
  • Makes them have more fun.

However, research shows that these expectations impact a person’s experience more than the actual alcohol. Basically, these partygoers have more fun because they expect to have more fun. If you expect to feel social and outgoing, you’re likely to feel that way—whether you drink alcohol or not.

When alcohol is present

If you attend a party with alcohol, there are ways to ensure a fun and safe time without drinking. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and other experts offer many tips for those looking to dial down the drinking. For instance:

  • Make it a well-balanced event. Don’t focus on the bar. Entertain yourself and others with music, games, food and lively conversation.
  • Take advantage of non-alcoholic drink choices. A fun, fruity drink always feels like a treat. And coffee and bottled water are always popular choices.
The take-home message
Problems with alcohol don’t take a holiday. If you’re unsure if you have a drinking problem, this quick quiz can help you figure it out.

If you’re ready to take steps to leading an alcohol-free life, talk to a doctor. He or she may be able to discuss possible treatment options.

In addition, you can get free information and treatment referrals over the phone. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a toll-free number. Call 800.622.HELP (800.622.4357) for help in English or Spanish. You can talk to a representative, request information or get a referral for treatment near you.

 

Poll: Many adults recognize being overweight but aren’t taking action

12 30 15 tape measureDec. 30, 2015—Many adults who think they’re overweight say they’d like to drop the pounds, according to a recent Gallup poll. But the results also showed that most are not making real efforts to lose weight.

Packing extra pounds carries some pretty serious health consequences. Among other problems, it brings an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

About the poll

Between 2011 and 2015, Gallup gathered information from nearly 5,000 adults from across the U.S. with a telephone survey.

According to the 2015 poll results:

  • On average, adults weighed more than they wanted to. Adults shared what they thought their ideal weight to be: on average, 183 pounds for men and 139 for women. In reality, the average self-reported actual weight was 196 pounds for men and 155 pounds for women.
  • 31 percent of adults thought they weighed at least 20 pounds too much. Of these, 90 percent said they want to lose weight. But just 48 percent said they are seriously trying to lose weight.

Combining averages from all years:

  • Less than a fifth of adults were at their ideal weight. Only 18 percent of adults reported being at their ideal weight. But overall, 48 percent said they were at or within 10 pounds of their perceived ideal.

Based on the last 5 years of the survey, many adults think they are overweight. But the number of people who are doing something about it has not been increasing during this time period, the pollsters reported.

No recommendations or medical observations came from the poll. However, it does suggest that many Americans aren’t managing their weight the way they’d like to.

The take-home message
Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than a third of American adults are now obese.

For those who need to lose pounds, a loss of just 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight can be a big health boost, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Reaching a healthy weight lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

Are you overweight—or obese? There’s no time like the present to begin a healthy journey toward weight management. Work with a healthcare provider to set small, specific goals that can add up to big benefits over time. For example, an attainable goal might be “walk 30 minutes a day on 5 days each week.”

Check out our Weight Management health topic center to learn more about reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.