Juntos Podemos Contra el Cancer – Together We Can Win The Fight Against Cancer

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is partnering up with Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) to provide breast cancer awareness and prevention education throughout the Yakima Valley. The HAF program, “Juntos Podemos Contra el Cancer” is an innovative, scalable, and cost-effective model for changing Latino attitude and behaviors about breast cancer prevention and screenings.

For the next eight-weeks, Memorial’s Education and Outreach Department will be offering breast cancer educational programs throughout the community, with the goal to reach approximately 600 Latina women. Participant will receive education on overall breast health, signs and symptoms of breast cancer, will be connected to medical homes and mammography services. This partnership will help Memorial expand its educational outreach and improve the overall health of the community.

The Juntos Podemos Contra el Cancer program was funded through a grant awarded to HAF from the CDC. Yakima was selected by HAF as one of two pilot locations.

To learn more about HAF please visit www.hispanicaccess.org.

For information about workshop schedule please visit us at www.yakimamemorial.org

The Craziness Of The Season

The Craziness of the Season

Hours of baking leads to a three-button Thanksgiving Dinner.
The next day, it’s up before dawn to hit the Black Friday sales.
Just a few, short days to get the perfect gifts wrapped…and maybe even mailed.
Work gatherings.
Family gatherings.
Community events.
It’s a rush-rush-rush to get everything done, so presents can be opened at lightning speed.
More food, more family, more activity.
It’s exhausting to just think about, isn’t it?

And overarching all of it…is grief.

Maybe you’re struggling with simply getting both shoes on this morning—and now, simply because it’s this time of the year, you’ll have to paint on a smile, make yourself look presentable, and endure the crowds in the stores and the concerned questions headed your way.

What are you supposed to do this holiday season?

Whatever you feel is best for you.

You don’t have to use this time to prove how emotionally strong you are. You have permission—if you’ll give it to yourself—to scale back on activities.

Maybe this is the year you begin to redefine your holiday traditions; this can be a transition year to begin new traditions and let others go.

With no guilt.

A Day Without Community Healthcare Centers in Yakima

Anita Monoian, CEO of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, discusses their event, A Day Without Community Healthcare Centers in Yakima. Over 100 people are expected to come to the local hospitals over the lunch hour on Tuesday, November 29, to represent the 100 patients each hour—or 2400 per day— served by our local healthcare clinics-Yakima Neighborhood Healthcare Services, Community Health of Central Washington, and Yakima Farmworkers Clinics

Pumpkin Pie

This from the American Institute for Cancer Research…

Pumpkin Pie – From The New American Plate Cookbook

Canola oil spray
2 cups canned pumpkin (one 15-ounce can and 1/4 cup of another 15-ounce can)*
Dough for 1 New American Plate Pie Crust
1 1/2 teaspoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 or 3 large eggs, lightly beaten†
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Note: Any remaining canned pumpkin can be stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can be used as a side dish.

†Note: If you prefer a softer, more custardlike texture in your pie filling, use three eggs; if you like a firmer consistency, use two eggs.

Lightly coat the inside of a large, nonstick skillet or saucepan with canola oil spray. Add the pumpkin and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often with a wooden spoon so that all the pumpkin comes in contact with the pan, until the pumpkin is reduced to about 13/4 cups, about 5 to 10 minutes. (This can be roughly gauged by “eyeball-ing” the amount or measuring the cooked-down pumpkin.) Transfer the pumpkin to a blender or food processor and let it cool slightly.

Set a baking rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, roll out the dough. On a sheet of waxed paper, press the dough into a flattened disk. Cover the dough with another sheet of waxed paper and, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top sheet of waxed paper and lift the bottom sheet to invert the dough over a 9-inch pie plate. Remove the waxed paper and gently press the dough down against the sides and bottom of the plate, pressing out any air bubbles. Crimp the edges by pinching between your thumb and forefinger. In a small bowl, combine the flour with 1/4 teaspoon of the nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Sprinkle the flour and spice mixture evenly over the bottom of the pie crust and set it aside. Chill prepared crust while preparing filling.

Gradually turn the blender or food processor to the highest speed and purée the pumpkin. Stop the motor and scrape down sides of the blender or processor with a rubber spatula. At medium speed, gradu-ally add first the milk, then the sugar, then the eggs, blending only until each addition is incorporated into the mixture. Add the salt, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinna-mon, the allspice, and vanilla extract and blend just until combined. Do not overmix. Pour the filling into the pie crust, scraping down the sides of the blender or processor with a rubber spatula.

Bake the pie for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees and bake about 45 minutes more, until the filling looks set and a thin knife inserted into the center of the pie comes out almost clean. If the rim of the pie crust browns before the filling is set, cover it loosely with strips of foil.

Cool the pie on a wire rack before serving.

Makes 10 servings. Per serving: 194 calories, 7 g. total fat (1 g. saturated fat), 29 g. carbohydrates, 6 g. protein, 2 g. dietary fiber, 158 mg. sodium.

Avocado the super fruit!

Avocado the super fruit!

Written By: Amanda Rodden

Eating foods that are dense in nutrients is part of a healthy lifestyle. Especially for those with cancer, eating foods that contain many calories that are also packed with protein is a good thing. The one great food to add to any diet is the avocado; it is a nutrient packed super food that will help improve your health in the long run. Avocados are rich with nutrients and contain many vitamins that the body needs such as vitamin C, E, K and some of the B vitamins. Avocados are a “super” fruit because they have many health benefits, and some of those health benefits are known to even assist in the protection against certain cancers. Some studies have shown that avocados inhibit the growth of prostate cancer and help fight against breast cancer due to the high amounts of oleic acid in them. This fruit has many compounds in it that actually seek out precancerous and cancerous cells, and then help destroy them leaving healthy cells unharmed. In addition, avocados aid with eye health, heart health, and help to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown certain nutrients (like beta-carotene) are more easily absorbed when eaten with avocados.

Avocados are truly a super fruit and if eaten more often will improve your health. I have included a smoothie recipe that contains an avocado and other delicious ingredients for a refreshing, creamy drink! What are your favorite ways to use avocados?


Green Envy Avocado Smoothie

2 bananas

2 cups of orange juice

1 cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup of strawberry or orange sherbet

1 cup of ice

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

Gastroenterology Job

Gastroenterology Job

About our Gastroenterology Job

Gastroenterology Job: WHO WE ARE:

The successful applicant for our gastroenterology job will join seven Gastroenterologists and three mid-level providers treating patients in sunny Yakima Washington. Yakima Gastroenterology is a 21,000 sq. ft. gastroenterology clinic with attached free standing endoscopy center which is capable of doing 45 endoscopies per day. As a full service gastroenterology practice, we provide services in colonoscopy and upper endoscopy, esophageal manometry, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP. Yakima Gastroenterology Associates is an integral part of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Family of Services.

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