7 Steps To Prevent Stroke

You don’t have to make big changes to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk. Here are 7 healthy habits that could save your life:

Live smoke-free. If you smoke, quit.

Monitor your blood pressure. Keep your numbers below 120/80 mm Hg.

Maintain a healthy weight. Target a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.

Watch your cholesterol. Strive for a total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL.

Control your blood sugar. Aim for a fasting blood glucose less than 100 mg/dL.

Get active. Log 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity – like brisk walking – per week ( or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity).

Eat a heart-healthy diet. Make vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and fish mealtime staples. Limit sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar.

Source: American Heart Association

Health and Fitness Event Celebrates Women’s Health Month


One in two women age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. 60,000 deaths each year can be directly attributed to complications from osteoporosis, which claims more lives than breast, prostate and cervical cancer each year.

In honor of Women’s Health Month, women in the Yakima Valley can learn more about their own bone health and about women’s health overall with no-cost osteoporosis screenings, bone density scan information and more at Healthy Women – Informed & Empowered, a women’s health event Wednesday evening, May 4, at Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop.

That evening, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a panel of medical experts will speak on a variety of women’s health topics. Also offered is a free 30-minute yoga class, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

There will be door prizes and other fun events. The event is no cost to the public.

For more information contact Juanita Silva at 509-225-3178 or juanitasilva@yvmh.org.

Get fit, have fun at Spring Fling in Franklin Park

Family-friendly event April 30 includes obstacle course, health information

Spring is here, and it’s time to get your family outside and moving again!

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will ensure your family is active at its Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness event on Saturday, April 30. It’s a fun, family-friendly event intended to teach you some health and fitness tips.

Parents are encouraged to participate and work together with their children to complete the ultimate obstacle course, with over 20 obstacles of physical challenges. There also will be nutrition and fitness information, so come prepared to pick up some wellness tips and leave with plans for improving your lifestyle.

There’s no charge and no registration required, but please wear appropriate clothing – no sandals or flip-flops. The event is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Yakima’s Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Dr.

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