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