23rd class of Diabetes Prevention Program graduates, loses total of 381 pounds

2014 DPP Class graduates

The 23rd class of Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention Program graduated last month after starting the class in December 2013. This class lost a total of 381 pounds in 23 weeks which is the most weight any class has ever lost. Another highlight from the class was that a husband, wife and their son together lost 154 pounds and feel as though they have made some wonderful lifestyle changes! The class was led by lifestyle coach Jackie Earl who has taught several classes for the prevention program.

Prediabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Memorial’s prevention program helps people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes. 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.

For more information about the Diabetes Prevention Program at Memorial visit http://bit.ly/1HSeWqE.

Fun for the whole family! 2015 Fiesta de Salud Health Fair

Heads up! The annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair is just around the corner, and we want to give everyone advance notice to free up their schedules and be there for great events and health information. Juanita Silva of Memorial’s Community  Health Education and Yesica Arciga Garcia of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic talk more about Fiesta de Salud.

What is it?

This is the eighth year for Fiesta de Salud, an annual health and wellness fair presented by Memorial Family of Services, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Fiesta Foods. This event is offered at no charge to attendees.

The purpose of Fiesta de Salud is to promote health services that are available to all in our community and to connect the people to the services.

When and where?

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25

Modern Living Building, Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave.

What can people expect?

There will be 35 different community outreach agencies and vendors ranging from health care to education.  It’s the perfect time to get information, ask questions and learn more about the services they offer.

We’ll have live music and fun activities, including the obstacle course, for the kids. Bike helmets also will be provided free of charge to the first 500 kids, thanks to a generous donation from Kohl’s Department Stores. And Seattle Children’s Hospital will be back again this year to ensure those helmets are properly fitted for each child.

Will there be health screenings?

Yes. There will be cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure screenings. The Farm Workers clinic staff will offer a mobile dental clinic for the kids.

How do I sign up?

You don’t need to sign up.  Just show up!  Last year, we had more than 5,000 people in attendance. There’s no fee to attend.

The event is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Fiesta Foods, and is supported in part by Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Memorial Foundation and Kohl’s.

For more information, visit yakimamemorial.org or call 225-3178.


Chronic Pain Management Tips

Millions of American suffer from chronic pain. For them, every day can be filled with frustration, helplessness and even anger. For physicians, finding the cause of that pain and determining how best to treat it can be also be a challenge.

Dr. Juan Ruiz-Hurtarte of Water’s Edge Pain Clinic talks about chronic pain and interventional pain medicine.

What are some common health conditions that case chronic pain?

People who suffer from chronic pain might have arthritis, lower back problems, headaches or cancer. Some of the more common causes of chronic pain include:

  • Injury, disease or surgery
  • Spinal pain and related spinal nerve injuries
  • Illness, such as shingles, arthritis, diabetes and cancer
  • Syndromes, such as fibromyalgia, visceral and pelvic pain syndromes, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches and persistent muscular (myofascial) pain syndromes

It’s important to remember pain is your body’s way of telling you when it is being hurt or damaged. It’s an alarm, telling you to pay attention to a problem. If you ignore pain, the problem may get worse.

So when should I see a doctor for pain?

In general, you should see a doctor when pain lasts for more than a few days or is very severe. In some cases, the earlier chronic pain—and any underlying problem—is treated, the more fully you will recover.

Too many people are stoic. They don’t go to their physician as early as they should, and many of our treatments are more effective the earlier they are started, such as physical therapy.

What is interventional pain medicine?

People think pain medicine is all about narcotics, but we have a number of other ways to help people treat chronic pain that are just as – or sometimes more – effective. Treatments will vary depending on the cause of the pain, and not every treatment works for every person. You may have to try different treatments, or a combination of treatments, before finding what works for each patient

  • Relaxation therapy to relieve stress and tension, which may be intensifying the pain.
  • Physical therapy uses exercise and movement to help relieve pain and improve your ability to function
  • Psychological therapy can provide support and coping techniques
  • Surgery may be used when other treatments have failed to work. It may treat the underlying cause of pain—as when surgery is used to repair damaged joints that are causing arthritis pain.

Again, medication may not be the answer for every person dealing with pain. Other methods, such as acupuncture, massage, and heat and cold treatments may be good alternatives. Talk to your doctor about which alternative treatments could work for you.



Memorial offers spine health workshops

Memorial offers spine health workshops

back healthBack injuries account for 1 in 5 injuries in the workplace and affect more than a million workers each year.

Memorial Family of Services wants to make sure you’re taking the best possible care of your spine. Memorial will hold two workshops on Wednesday, July 8, to offer tips on basic spine health in your job, workouts and home life and to discuss some of the misconceptions about back-related injuries.

Physical therapist Steve Davis of Lakeview Spine and certified athletic trainer Joel Buffum of Memorial’s Sports Medicine Advantage will mix patient stories with research, personal experience and some active instruction to cover a variety of topics. These topics include posture, movement patterns and lifestyle changes that can help you prevent back injuries or prepare for them in the future.

On Wednesday, July 8, two (2), 30-45 minute presentations will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital auditorium. Registration is not required, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, contact Kate Gottlieb at (509) 225-3179.