For over 20 years, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has offered a support group for new moms called Mom and Baby.

For over 20 years, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has offered a support group for new moms called Mom and Baby. Laurie Kanyer started the group back in the early 90’s when she was raising her children. The format for the group has stood the test of time. Moms with babies up to a year old can attend. It’s an opportunity for them to get out of the house, to interact with other new moms and to get much needed support.

Many moms who suffer from postpartum depression have expressed how important this group is to them. Another benefit of the group is the connection these families make to each other. Once the babies turn a year old, some of the moms continue to meet on a regular basis.

The current instructor is Diane Corn. She started attending the Mom and Baby group when her now 19 year old was a baby. She formed the same connection with the moms in her group and as those kids left for college this past fall, the moms convened and supported each other through this next transition in life– saying goodbye to their college bound kids.
Groups of “graduates” are still gathering. An example of this is a group that formed a tight bond in 2009. They recently gathered at Red Robin with all their babies. This past December they came together with their children, who now are three years old, for a Christmas cookie decorating project at a local cake decorator shop.

The support group has weathered growing pains over the years. The group has a smaller number in attendance compared to 20 years ago. Many of the moms are returning to work. The downturn of the economy along with the higher cost of living doesn’t always allow moms to be able to stay at home. Some moms will come to the group during their maternity leave but usually around the third month when they return to their jobs. Another change is that some of our moms are raising their babies without a partner.

There’s no shortage of resources in our area for new moms. Locally we have seen other groups offered such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Moms Club of Yakima. The Mom and Baby group meets every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at Memorial’s Education Center located in the Nob Hill Plaza. No registration is needed and there is no charge to attend.



Leadership Yakima visited North Star Lodge last week

Leadership Yakima visited North Star Lodge last week for a tour of the new state-of-the-art TrueBeam Linear Accelerator now serving patients in the radiation oncology center.  This technology can reduce a 5 week (25 day therapy regimen) down to 5 days for some patients. North Star Lodge is the only cancer clinic in the Pacific Northwest to provide two TrueBeam Accelerators and the new Aria electronic medical records system that ties all patient documents together into one location.   Pictured are Leadership Yakima class members, North Star Lodge Administrator, Darrin Cook and Juno Choe, MD, Radiation Oncologist who is explaining the ways this new technology is advancing cancer care in a global way.


Cancer: Care For The Caregiver

We know that a cancer diagnosis is life-changing—not only for the person with cancer, but also for the loved ones in that person’s life. Today’s show is all about caregivers and the FOCUS program, a unique collaboration between University of Michigan researchers and the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. Host Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Dr. Laurel Northouse, nurse scientist and professor of nursing at the University of Michigan, and Bonnie Dockham, program director at CSC Ann Arbor, who have both returned to the show to discuss the findings of their research on caregivers.

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Yakima flu and Winter Respiratory Issues

Topic: Winter respiratory issues and the flu
Guest: Brian Weihs, Director of Respiratory services,
Date: January 22, 2013

We know respiratory ailments and the flu can be more challenging in the winter. Here are some issues you need to be aware of and precautions you can take to protect yourself:

Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.
Help stop the spread of influenza and other diseases by doing the following things:
• If you get sick stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
• Wash your hands regularly
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Practice appropriate sneeze and cough etiquette
Should I still get vaccinated since flu season has started?
• Yes. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people get vaccinated against influenza as long as influenza viruses are circulating.
• It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that provide protection against the flu.
Should I still get vaccinated even if I have already gotten sick with the flu?
• Yes, it’s possible that your illness was not caused by an influenza virus. Other respiratory viruses have similar flu symptoms. The only way to know for sure that a flu virus is making you sick is to have a sample taken and tested in a laboratory. Even if you were sick with one influenza virus, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against three types of flu viruses that research suggests will be most common.
Can I get vaccinated and still get influenza?
• Yes. It’s possible to get sick with influenza even if you have been vaccinated (although you won’t know for sure unless you get a positive influenza test).
What antiviral drugs are available this season?
There are two influenza anti-virals drugs this season that can be used to treat illness caused by most currently circulating influenza viruses. The brand names for theses are Tamiflu® and Relenza®.

Cold Air Triggers Asthma
• The cold air that winter brings can set off asthma attacks. Upper respiratory infections that are common in the wintertime can also cause asthma attacks.
• In order to help protect your lungs from cold air that can lead to respiratory infections and/or asthma symptoms, experts recommend warming the air that you breathe. wear a scarf over your mouth when you need to walk for a short time in cold air. Cold weather masks are also a great option, especially if you need to be outside in the cold for a longer period of time.
Indoor Air Quality Is Worse During Winter
Poorer indoor air quality during winter months can spell danger for asthmatics. Closed doors and windows, sealed tightly against the cold, prevent air circulation, leading to higher concentrations of indoor allergens.
People spend more time indoors during the winter breathing in indoor allergens. (Air quality is generally worse indoors than out in any season, but especially during winter.)

Tips to staying healthy and avoiding asthma attacks:
• Being compliant with medication use
• Keep prescriptions filled and current
• Avoid/limit contact with others that are sick
• Maybe it’s time to speak with a specialist?
• Severe Asthma – new treatment option called Bronchial Thermoplasty
• Stay hydrated; very important in winter

If I have asthma should I get a flu shot?
Yes. Winter time is peak flu season. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) states that the flu “can cause a severe asthma attack, which can lead to potential complications including pneumonia and hospitalizations.”

Working Out: Shake it Up BEFORE You Get Bored!

Shake it Up BEFORE You Get Bored!
By Lindsey Woodkey
Fitness and nutrition are like movies. If you watch the same one over and over again, eventually you will get bored (even with the best of them). You begin to know exactly what is coming, and probably even finish the characters’ sentences. Whether you set a New Year’s Resolution and are a month into your healthy lifestyle, or you’ve been living it for years, make sure you have variety in both your diet and workouts.
Doing the same thing every day, at the same time, in the same environment is not only boring mentally, but also physically. Bodies are made to adapt. We get stronger, our cardiovascular systems adapt, and we get more flexible. This means we must push ourselves beyond that current threshold to continue seeing results. Remember when you started walking a mile, bench pressing 25 pound dumbbells or holding the downward dog pose in yoga? Think back to how tough it felt, or how sore you were afterwards. Hopefully after doing it for a few weeks it feels easier. You are progressing. This is a good thing, but unless you want to stay at that level it’s time to add some more difficult elements to your program.
Think of it as a set of stairs. You accomplish fitness feats to climb to the next step. Once there, you must conquer a new set of challenges to get even higher. These challenges need not be monumental. Some can be as simple as raising the weight you’re using by 2.5 to 5 pounds or adding two more minutes to your cardio session. Remember, every little increase, be it weight, sets, reps, or time, is more than you are currently doing and will force your body to improve.
Now, I’m not saying you have to change things each time you workout. You can use the same exercises, cardio routine, or class for a while before your body asks for something new. Some signs that it’s time to progress or change it up completely include: lowered motivation, the activity feeling “too easy”, having to drag yourself through the program, or finding yourself simply going through the motions instead of being invested in what you’re doing. Even if you haven’t experienced any of these yet, I recommend changing components of your program every 4-6 weeks to prevent both mental and physical boredom.
When a client is expressing boredom with any part of their program, we know it’s time to shake it up. Failure to do so can lead to lessened results and even worse, throwing in the towel. Now how do you go about making these changes? Switch Equipment- If you love the elliptical, try the stair stepper instead. Love running? Increase the incline and do hill work. Used to using weight machine? Branch out and use some free weights. The options are endless.
Raise Your Weights- If you can do your entire number of reps and sets without problem two workouts in a row, increase upper body loads by 2.5 pounds and lower body by 5 pounds. Change Reps, Sets, or Duration- If you’ve been using three sets of 12 reps, try going for 15, or raise that weight and do four sets of 8. Keep in mind that reps and set prescriptions are based on your current fitness level and goals. Try Something New- Fitness classes are a great way to change up your routine. Check “The Spark”, “The Gym” or “Ellensburg Crossfit” for options. Working out with or around others can be inspiring and increase adherence. Experiment with Different Times and/or Days- If you normally workout at night, try a morning session. You may find your energy is higher the rest of the day (and vice versa). Set a New Fitness Goal- Goals are motivating, plain and simple. For example, sign up for a mud run that tests both your strength and endurance. Find a Workout Partner- Similar to classes, workout partners can push you past what you normally do. Take turns setting up routines to keep things fresh. Hire a Trainer- A trainer can help set you up with a plan based on your goals and fitness level, not to mention show you how to properly perform exercises to prevent injury.
Bust boredom before it strikes and keep your body progressing. No matter where you are in life, you can always make a positive change. Use some of these tips and keep those results coming!
Lindsey Woodkey of Ellensburg is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with bachelors’ degrees in exercise science and nutrition from Central Washington University.

Six Degrees of Separation: Bilbo Baggins


Do YOU Know Bilbo Baggins?
Next time you want to play the parlor game six degrees of separation, you can wow your friends by telling them you know the actor Martin Freeman, a/k/a Bilbo Baggins The Hobbitt.
1. Start with yourself
2. You have been to cottage in the Meadow
3. Volunteer Extraordinaire Rosemary Gottlieb has greeted you at the door.
4. Rosemary’s very own nephew is Martin Freeman
5. Martin Freeman stars in The Hobbitt as Bilbo Baggins.

See? It’s easy. Congratulations, Rosemary, for Martin’s success. You deserve to be very proud.

Do YOU Know Bilbo Baggins?

bilbo Do YOU Know Bilbo Baggins?
Next time you want to play the parlor game six degrees of separation, you can wow your friends by telling them you know the actor Martin Freeman, a/k/a Bilbo Baggins; The Hobbitt.

1. Start with yourself
2. You work/volunteer at Memorial Hospital
3. You shop at the gift shop at Memorial
4. Volunteer Extraordinaire Rosemary Gottlieb has helped you in the Gift Shop
5. Rosemary’s very own nephew is Martin Freeman
6. Martin Freeman stars in The Hobbitt as Bilbo Baggins.
See? It’s easy. Congratulations, Rosemary, for Martin’s success. You deserve to be very proud.