Five Tips for breast health

There is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer.   There are some risk factors such as family history and aging that are unavoidable.  But!  Good news!  There are some risk factors that you can control and they will improve your overall health in the process.   Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I at a healthy weight? Obesity or being overweight can increase your breast cancer risk and losing just 7 % of your body weight can dramatically change your health for the better. If your weight is healthy, keep up the good work!
  2. Do I exercise regularly? Studies show that brisk walking just 2 hours per week can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer up to 18%. Start a new habit, step out with your friends to explore your neighborhood parks and walking paths.
  3. Can I minimize or avoid my alcohol consumption? Women who have 2 to 5 alcoholic drinks daily have a higher risk of breast cancer.  This is especially important for women who have breast cancer in their families.
  4. Do I smoke? -even on occasion?  The risk of many cancers and other health problems increases if you smoke. Research shows that long-term smoking is specifically associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
  5. Do I eat enough veggies? Eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables is your best defense for fighting and preventing cancer.  Examples are cauliflower, bok choy, garden cress, brussel sprouts cabbage, broccoli, and other green leafy vegetables.

There are resources in your community to help with lifestyle changes and learning healthy habits.  Learn more here

Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital


Pasco Walmart hosts family-fun carnival
to benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospital

Families will find more than great deals at the Pasco Walmart Supercenter this Saturday when the store hosts a family-fun carnival to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The carnival, which includes fun games and food, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 4820 N. Road 68, Pasco.

As part of Walmart’s CMN fund-raising campaign, through Oct. 9 customers can donate to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital when they stop in at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. Since 1987, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, team members, members and customers have raised nearly $1 billion dollars for Network children’s hospitals.

All donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health-care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Help kids live better and Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at Walmart and Sam’s Club registers.


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, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

Memorial is one of 170 nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals that treat severely injured and ill children in the U.S. and Canada.

Local contact: Pasco Walmart store manager is Alisha Jones. She can be reached at or 509-543-7934.


Memorial Foundation Receives $25,000 Walmart Foundation Grant


Contact: Rebecca Teagarden, Memorial Communications, 509-577-5051

$25,000 grant from Walmart supports childhood obesity program
and classes that encourage healthy living in Yakima County

The Memorial Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the ACT! Get Up, Get Moving! childhood obesity program and the Kohl’s Healthy For Life program.  Both of these community education and wellness programs have seen significant growth in the past few years as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital works to reduce Yakima County’s high rates of obesity and diabetes.

ACT! is an evidenced-based program offered through Memorial and the Yakima Valley YMCA that models nutrition recommendations and physical activities for families. The healthy lifestyle program is geared for overweight children and teens, ages 8-14, and their parents or guardians. Through the generous donation, Memorial plans to expand ACT! to reach 120 Hispanic children and their parents each year in the Lower Yakima Valley where no similar resources exist. ACT! will also continue to serve 136 children and parents annually in the Upper Yakima Valley.

The Kohl’s Healthy for Life program provides community-based cooking classes to encourage healthy eating and nutrition, and drop-in fitness and exercise classes. The goal is to serve more than 7,000 participants each year.


Learn more about the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk & Memory Loss Conference

Getting the word out about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s AND the Central Washington Memory Loss Conference.


Claire Fallat, left, and Debbie Hunter, right, met KIMA-TV reporter Jackie DelPilar in Franklin Park today for a story about Yakima’s Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17, AND to talk about the Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on Nov. 2.

Claire is the Yakima Alzheimer’s Walk coordinator and Debbie is a devoted advocate for Alzheimer’s research and support. Her husband, Chris, got Alzheimer’s disease at age 48 and now is in hospice care. The disease changed their family’s life forever.

Find out more about the walk at or 206-529-3878.

For more information on the day-long conference (FREE for family caregivers): or call 206-363-5000, ext. 8170.