Huge thanks to Walmart for donating $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation!

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Huge thanks to Walmart for donating $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation in support of health programs!

Walmart awarded $683,034 to 13 Washington non-profit organizations on Thursday, June 25 —including a $66,826 grant to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The $66,826 grant will support the hospital foundation’s preventative health programs, which aim to reduce the instance of diabetes and childhood obesity in Yakima County by improving food literacy and access to exercise programs. Funds will be used to augment current program offerings, such as yoga, Zumba®, fitness boot camps, and healthy eating cooking classes and grocery store tours.

“This grant will provide area families with the skills they need to make better health choices—something that can impact their health for generations,” said Bertha Lopez, Memorial’s senior director of community health. “The Healthy Communities, One Person at a Time program is a critical component of our efforts to address the obesity epidemic in Yakima, and will help us prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions through nutrition counseling.”

This grant is a continuation of Walmart’s partnership with the hospital and its foundation. The hospital has also received funding through the Children’s Miracle Network—which raises funds in Walmart stores—and through partnering with local stores on issues, such as car seat safety.

“Walmart is committed to helping our friends and neighbors live better,” said Matti Havener, vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “This partnership with the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation helps us do just that. There is nothing more important than our health. We are proud to support their efforts to make healthy living choices easier to make and fun to participate in.”

Walmart to donate $66,826 to Memorial for health programs

YAKIMA – Walmart will donate a check for $66,826 to The Memorial Foundation in support of health programs in the Yakima Valley. The money will be used to help pay for healthy eating grocery tours, cooking classes, nutrition education for people with diabetes and childhood obesity programs.

WHAT: Check presentation

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 25

WHERE: Memorial Cafe Garden
29th Avenue behind Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

WHO: Anne Caffery, President, The Memorial Foundation
Bertha Lopez, Senior Director Community Health, Memorial Family of Services
Ben Carlson and Matt Kelly, Walmart store managers

CONTACT: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, 577-5051 or ShannonDininny@yvmh.org

Run Your ACE Off – 5k Walk/Run on June 27th

Get ready to run your ace off for kids!

Your local ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tires are sponsoring the Run Your Ace Off 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. ACE and Les Schwab are longtime supporters of Children’s Miracle Network. This is the first year for this event, and Katie Trammell of The Memorial Foundation can tell us more.

Tell me more about this event.
This 5K Walk/Run event is being held Saturday, June 27, at the ACE Hardware Distribution Center at 7702 Duffield Road in Moxee. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.

The registration fee is $20 from then until race day.

What will proceeds from this event support?
Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village. Children’s Village provides specialty services for children with special health care needs.

Tell me more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 nonprofit hospitals across North America to treat severely injured and ill children. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

And Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington.

Can I just make a donation? And where do I go for more information about the race?
Absolutely. Visit us online at childrensvillage.memfound.org for more information about the race, as well as information about making a donation online.

Why standing for at least 2 hours at work is a good idea

standing at workJune 15, 2015—Sitting all day at work is something professionals shouldn’t stand for—but it’s a problem that many face in the modern workplace. Sitting for long periods may increase your risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and dying early.

The average New York City resident spends about 7 hours parked in a chair during an average day, according to a recent study in Preventing Chronic Disease. And many of those seated hours are likely to take place when people are nestled in their desks at work.

An international group of experts are aiming to change that trend, noting that sitting at work can cause a variety of health problems. According to their new set of recommendations published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the average person should spend at least 2 hours standing up at work—but more is ideal.

What’s wrong with chairs?

Standing is a light-intensity activity—and sitting is a sedentary one. So people on their feet burn more calories than people parked in chairs, and that could translate into weight loss. Also, people who avoid lengthy stints of sitting may have better blood sugar levels and less back pain, the experts reported.

However, people should still be cautious about standing too much in the same position, and the recommendations called for a balanced combination of sitting and standing while at the office.

About the recommendations

For those who sit too much, the experts suggested a slow approach to standing that involves:

  • Alternating seated work with standing work. A sit-stand adjustable desk is ideal for this purpose.
  • Watching for discomfort while standing. If it appears, posture adjustments might help. If they don’t, you should sit back down until the episode passes.
  • Aiming for 2 hours per day of standing work. That time can be slowly upped to 4 hours per day as you get used to standing.
  • Communicating with a doctor. Doctors can help if discomfort caused by standing doesn’t fade with time and stretching.

These recommendations are far from official, the experts said, but they can help workers to plan out their days and move away from a sedentary lifestyle.

The experts also hoped that the recommendations help convince employers to improve office layouts and desk arrangements in order to promote employee health.

The take-home message
Standing may help alleviate the health problems associated with sitting at work, but it’s also important to stay healthyand active during the work week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity, along with 2 sessions of muscle-strengthening exercises. These are requirements that are added to, not replaced by, your need to stand at work.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a few tips that could help you pack more exercise into your busy schedule:

  • Walk or bike to work.
  • Use the stairs rather than hopping on the elevator.
  • Get off the bus 1 stop early and walk to your destination.

There are also ways to keep your body comfortable when you’re on the job, like these seated exercises you can do at your desk:

Desk exercises View the infographic View infographic  

 

Memorial’s Buffum receives Community Service Award from Yakima Valley Sports Commission

YAKIMA – Joel Buffum of Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage has received the Yakima Valley Sports Commission’s Community Service Award.

Buffum received the award June 10 at the Commission’s 13th annual Yakima Valley Sports Awards luncheon in recognition of his efforts to ensure the safety of athletes at high school and community events.

For the past several years, Buffum and the Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage team have provided first aid and emergency care at several sporting events around the valley, including the Hot Shot’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Pirate Plunder Adventure Race and many WIAA State High School Championships. Buffum is also a fixture on the sidelines of many high school sporting events, offering counsel to coaches and athletes about preventing and treating injuries.

Buffum specializes in the prevention, assessment and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. His goal is to be easily accessible to athletes and coaches in need of education or treatment advice and to provide proper recommendations to those in need of more advanced medical services.

He also has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s leading research organizations dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing – and how limitations in a person’s body can adversely impact a golf swing and potentially lead to injury.

For more information about Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage, visit yakimamemorial.org.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

 

 

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Join Memorial at Yakima Pippins Baseball Tough Enough to Wear Pink night

Strike out cancer!

Join Memorial at Yakima Pippins Baseball Tough Enough to Wear Pink night

YAKIMA – Memorial Family of Services wants you to help strike out cancer!

Memorial is sponsoring the first Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Yakima Pippins game on Monday, June 15, 2015, in support of cancer programs in the Yakima community. A percentage of the proceeds from the game will go to Wellness House, which offers free support, resources, education and services to cancer patients and their families.

Brandie Valadez, a 31-year-old Zillah graduate, fourth-grade teacher and girls’ varsity basketball coach, will throw out the first pitch. Valadez, a married mother of a 5-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and is undergoing treatment at North Star Lodge.

Memorial also will be giving away bike helmets to the first 100 children, and there will be fun activities on the field. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

About Memorial Family of Services

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/yakimavalleymemorialhospital), Twitter (www.twitter.com/Yakima_Memorial) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvmh).

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Healthy for Life cooking classes offered in Yakima

Topic:              Healthy for Life Cooking Classes

Guest:             Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster

Date:               June 2, 2015, 8 a.m.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to helping you be healthier. The program includes free exercise classes – yoga, boot camp, zumba, which we’ve talked about on the show – and cooking classes geared to encouraging healthy cooking and eating habits in kids.

The instructor of those cooking classes, Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, is here to offer some tips for parents to get their kids eating healthy this summer.

Why is a healthy diet so important?

It is estimated that 80 percent of our chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, are preventable with lifestyle choices. It’s also estimated that 30 percent of cancers are influenced by diet. One-third of children today are overweight or obese, and diet plays a role in this epidemic.

The time is now to change our eating habits so that we can start to reverse this dangerous trend. A healthy diet is part of a spectrum of lifestyle choices that can not only prolong life, but also give you the quality of life you want – one full of joy and vitality.

It takes time, money and resources to ensure a healthy lifestyle, which poses a challenge for some families. Our goal is to make it easy for you to be healthy!

What do you focus on when you’re teaching a cooking class?

I focus on how simple, easy and delicious it can be to eat more plants. I educate the children and their parents about whole-foods as well as plant-foods. A plant-based diet is centered on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. In my classes, we discuss nutrition, but I also demonstrate at least two recipes, and all of the class participants get to taste it.

My favorite part is seeing their reaction when they taste the food. They see how simple and easy it was to make and that it was made from plants, and they are so surprised when it tastes so good. It’s about empowering children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Can you offer some suggestions?

The reason that eating more whole plant-foods is so beneficial is because they are rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. They are more filling and satisfying and higher in nutrients than processed foods or animal products. I routinely recommend that parents focus on decreasing or eliminating processed foods in the diet and increase fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes. Ideas for each meal include oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, veggie hummus wraps for lunch and bean chili for dinner. Kids love to help out in the kitchen and also really enjoy the element of choice, so setting up a vegetarian taco bar or having them help choose which fruits and veggies they want to try really makes a difference.

 

For more information, visit veggiefitkids.com.

Memorial offers summer babysitting classes

Memorial is again this year offering a series of Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

What are the benefits of Safe Sitter classes?

  • Students are empowered. They learn rescue skills and basic first aid. They learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, though they will not become CPR-certified.
  • Students gain confidence in how to deal with children. They gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children.
  • Students learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits.
  • And they have fun! It’s an interactive class with games, role-playing situations.

There are also benefits to the community:

  • We increase the number of young adolescents providing safe child care, and we increase the personal safety of teen sitters.
  • Some students use this class as a marketing tool – “I’ve completed a Safe Sitter class” to better sell their abilities to care for children.
  • Students use these skills later in life to be better parents.

This one-day course is being offered seven days this summer at Children’s Village:

June 15, 18 and 22

July 8, 20 and 24

August 4

The $40 fee includes:

  • One-day class, Safe Sitter manual and completion card.

To register, visit yakimamemorial.org, click on classes and events and find the class you want, on the date you want on the calendar. You’ll find a link there to register.

Or for more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 577-5015 or martinsanchez@yvmh.org.

Run Your Ace Off 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles

Run your ace off 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready to run your ace off for kids!

Your local ACE Hardware and Les Schwab Tires are sponsoring the Run Your Ace Off 5K Walk/Run to support local miracles for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, as well as programs and services at Children’s Village.

Memorial is the Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington.

The race is being held Saturday, June 27, at the ACE Hardware Distribution Center at 7702 Duffield Road in Moxee. Registration opens at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $15 before June 22, and it’s $20 from then until race day.

For more details and registration information, go online to childrensvillage.memfound.org.

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