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Bertha Lopez to serve as director of Children’s Village

Bertha Lopez to serve as director of Children’s Village

After 28 years with Virginia Mason Memorial, most recently as the Director of Children’s Village, Jackie McPhee has officially retired. Her last day was March 3, 2017.  Children’s Village was honored to have Jackie’s longtime commitment, leadership and support.

To assure continuity of leadership responsibilities, the Children’s Village leadership team and trustee partners have asked Bertha Lopez to assume the directorship at Children’s Village. Bertha Lopez, currently senior director of Community Health Planning and Development at Virginia Mason Memorial, has a master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. With over 10 years of experience in health advocacy and work mitigating health disparities, Bertha enables Children’s Village to continue its mission and meet the needs of children with special health care needs and their families in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village is instrumental in providing supportive services to over 4,000 children every year.

 ABOUT CHILDREN’S VILLAGE:

Children’s Village is a regional integrated center for children with special health care needs and their families, with multiple service providers all under one roof. The comprehensive family-centered organization aims to meet each child’s need for individualized care with over 30 different kinds of specialized services. There are medical specialty clinics, developmental evaluations and collaborative diagnostic clinics, dental services, occupational, physical and speech therapy, mental health counseling, education services, behavioral intervention and nurse home visiting programs. The Village also offers a comprehensive parent and family support program called Parent to Parent, which serves families from birth through life. Find out more at yakimachildrensvillage.org.

Classes and Events This Week

Events for March 26 – April 1
Sun
Mar 26
1:00 pm Childbirth Education, Sunday 2-day class (Day 2)
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
5:00
Class covers: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note:…
Mon
Mar 27
9:00 am Depression (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Depression – Are you struggling with depression? If so, you may be relieved to hear that depression is a common and curable medical problem. Join us to learn how to manage depression as well as its ne…
11:00 am Depression (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Depression – Are you struggling with depression? If so, you may be relieved to hear that depression is a common and curable medical problem. Join us to learn how to manage depression as well as its ne…
12:00 pm Food for Life: How Foods Fight Diabetes
Memorial’s Cornerstone Medicine
Ends @
1:00
During this weekly course Ineke Ojanen, Registered Dietitian, will demonstrate 3 different recipes each week that are affordable, low fat, plant based and are delicious and satisfying. You will have a…
1:30 pm Scrapbooking
North Star Lodge
Ends @
3:30
Enjoy fellowship and creativity as you learn new techniques for scrapbooking, cards and decorations.  All scrapbooking materials are provided at no charge, just bring your own photos.
3:00 pm Depression (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Depression – Are you struggling with depression? If so, you may be relieved to hear that depression is a common and curable medical problem. Join us to learn how to manage depression as well as its ne…
4:00 pm Diabetes Prevention Program orientation
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
4:30
This 30 minute information session about Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program will explain the research behind this evidence based program and why it is proven to slow the progression to type 2 diab…
6:00 pm Pre-natal Yoga
Memorial’s Community Education Center
Ends @
7:00
Pre-natal Yoga helps decrease tension, improve flexibility and
strength, prepare for the birthing process, and cultivate a connection
between mother and child. No Yoga experience necessary!  If you…
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:30
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Valley Parents -Sunnyside support group -ON HOLD Ends @
8:00
Valley Parents Sunnyside Support group is on hold until 2017
If you have questions, please contact  elizabethcruz@yvmh.org
Tue
Mar 28
9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
12:00 pm North Star Knitters
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
Cast on to this active, fun-loving group of knitters (many survivors) and learn to knit, crochet and teach others. All the yarn is provided and the laughs are free. Ask your oncologist or nurse about…
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
8:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Wed
Mar 29
12:00 pm Breastfeeding Support
Memorial Maternal Health
Ends @
1:30
Do you ever ask?
“Will I be able to breastfeed after my baby is born”?
“Am I doing this right?”
“Is this supposed to hurt like this?”
“Is my baby getting enough to eat?”
You are not alone. All…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
7:00
Porque queremos que estén sanos para todo lo que ofrece la vida, Virginia Mason Memorial y Kohl’s Cares se han unido para ofrecerles el programa Healthy For Life, un programa dedicado a ofrecerle clas…
Thu
Mar 30
9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba
Studio Z
Ends @
10:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
12:00 pm Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session Updated!
North Star Lodge
Ends @
2:00
A cancer diagnosis can cause anxiety, stress and sometimes depression for patients and their caregivers. There are natural ways to combat these side effects and it’s something anyone can learn.

An…

12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+)
Washington Avenue Event Center
Ends @
1:30
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise clas…
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
YOCO
Ends @
7:00
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe
Una práctica simple de yoga que combina la respiración consciente y el movimiento. Con instrucción en inglés y español.
• Miercoles y jueves (6:00 a 7:00 p.m.)
•…
Fri
Mar 31
9:00 am Label Reading (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
10:00
Label Reading – Do you ever wonder what food labels actually mean? Learn how to read and understand the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts found on packaged food.

Classes are one…

11:00 am Label Reading (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
12:00
Label Reading – Do you ever wonder what food labels actually mean? Learn how to read and understand the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts found on packaged food.

Classes are one…

2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos.
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
4:30
Cuide de lo que verdaderamente es importante – su Salud.

¿No tiene cobertura médica?
‘Ohana tiene información de programas que ayudan a cubrir el costo de este importante examen.
Llame para más…

Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms
‘Ohana Mammography Center
Ends @
5:30
`Ohana, Memorials Mammography center, offers a walk-in clinic for screening mammograms, Fridays, 2:30–5:30 p.m No appointment is necessary and interpreters are available. The name of the doctor receiv…
3:00 pm Label Reading (classes at 9 & 11 am and 3 pm)
Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation
Ends @
4:00
Label Reading – Do you ever wonder what food labels actually mean? Learn how to read and understand the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nutrition Facts found on packaged food.

Classes are one…

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Upcoming Events for April 2 – 8
Mon Apr 3 11:30 am Lamplight Bible Study/Support Group (North Star Lodge)
12:00 pm Food for Life: How Foods Fight Diabetes (Memorial’s Cornerstone Medicine)
1:30 pm Scrapbooking (North Star Lodge)
5:00 pm Apoyo para el Cancer -Las mujeres (Wellness House)
6:00 pm Spring Break, No Class: Pre-natal Yoga (Memorial’s Community Education Center)
6:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Tue Apr 4 9:00 am Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
10:00 am Memorial walking group New! (Kissel Park)
12:00 pm North Star Knitters (North Star Lodge)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Washington Avenue Event Center)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
7:00 pm Diabetes Dialog Support Group – Evening Session (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
7:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Yoga (YOCO)
Wed Apr 5 11:00 am Healing Hearts -Cardiac support group (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
12:00 pm Advanced Care Planning, 5 Wishes Seminar (Memorial Hospital Auditorium)
Breastfeeding Support (Memorial Maternal Health)
5:00 pm Grupo de Apoyo de Padre a Padre en Español -Sunnyside
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Zumba (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida -Zumba bilingüe (Washington Avenue Event Center)
Thu Apr 6 9:00 am Diabetes Wellness Session 1 of 4 (Classes at 9 am or 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Morning Zumba (Studio Z)
12:00 pm Better Breathers Club (Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation)
Cancer support -Women supporting women (Wellness House)
Sound Sleep-Sound Rest -Intro and Full Session Updated! (North Star Lodge)
Women Supporting Women Through Cancer (Wellness House)
12:30 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Gentle Chair Fitness (age 60+) (Washington Avenue Event Center)
1:00 pm Diabetes Wellness Session 1 of 4 (Classes at 9 am or 1 pm) (Memorial Diabetes Management and Wellness)
6:00 pm Kohl’s Healthy for Life Exercise -Bilingual Yoga (YOCO)
Saludable de por vida – Yoga bilingüe (YOCO)
Fri Apr 7 2:30 pm Solo para mamografías—rayos X de senos. (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Walk-in Clinic for Screening Mammograms (‘Ohana Mammography Center)
Sat Apr 8 8:00 am Run for Your Life charity 5k Fun Run/Walk! (See notes for location information)

View the entire calendar online

Day-long workshop on March 21 will train educators, counselors and others to help youth cope with grief

Day-long workshop on March 21 will train educators, counselors
and others to help youth cope with grief

 Children learn lots of things in school, on their computers, from television and their friends, but one topic usually is never discussed: death and the grief that goes with it. On Tuesday, March 21, Virginia Mason Memorial is sponsoring a day-long workshop open to anyone interested in learning how to best respond to the needs of children and end-of-life issues.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Understanding and supporting the needs of children and teens who are coping with the death of a loved one.
  • Tips for grieving students in the classroom and community.
  • What to do (and not do) when a student dies.
  • Special considerations following homicide or suicide.

The workshop will be led by Donna L. Schuurman, senior director of advocacy and training at The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children & Families located  in Portland, Ore. Schuurman writes and trains internationally on bereavement issues and wrote the book “Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent.”

The Dougy Center, the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children, was founded in 1982. Over the past 35 years, the center has served 40,000 children, teens and their families, and has received national and international acclaim for pioneering the peer support model for helping children cope with the death of a family member.

The no-cost workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 21, in the auditorium at Lakeview, 1470 N. 16th Ave. Lunch will be provided.

To register please call 509-574-6746 or email nicholasvaladez@yvmh.org.

Pancakes at IHOP & Virginia Mason Memorial on Tuesday, March 7, benefit local children

Pancakes at IHOP & Virginia Mason Memorial on Tuesday, March 7, benefit local children

IHOP to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® throughout February and on National Pancake Day

YAKIMA, WA. — Today, March 7, is National Pancake Day! And area IHOP restaurants and the café at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital are offering guests a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes all day. This family-friendly tradition aims to raise needed funds and awareness for Virginia Mason Memorial, the local Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (and until 7:30 p.m. at Virginia Mason Memorial), IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network. Since 2006, IHOP’s National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million to provide life-saving treatment, programs and medical equipment for children — including the thousands of patients treated annually at Virginia Mason Memorial.
In the weeks before National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants also sold Miracle Balloons for $1 and $5 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. The balloons are available through National Pancake Day, and all proceeds benefit local children. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next visit to IHOP.
“We are so grateful for IHOP’s continued support for Children’s Miracle Network and Virginia Mason Memorial,” said Josh Munson, Memorial’s Children’s Miracle Network program director. “Their support is vital to sustaining the programs and equipment needed for our children with health care challenges.”

Stop in at the following IHOP location on Tuesday, March 7, to benefit Children’s Miracle Network:
• Ellensburg, 2704 Triple L Loop

For more information or to make a donation to Virginia Mason Memorial, visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.
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ABOUT VIRGINIA MASON MEMORIAL
Proceeds from this event benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department at Virginia Mason Memorial, as well as programs and services at Yakima’s Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

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

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations — including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day — stay local to fund critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support and learn about your member hospital at CMNHospitals.org.

Generations OB/GYN joins Virginia Mason Memorial

Generations OB/GYN joins Virginia Mason Memorial

YAKIMA — Generations OB/GYN is now part of the Virginia Mason Memorial family. The addition of the Yakima specialty-care practice aims to improve access to care for our community and assures the long-term stability of this physician practice.
“The whole focus for all of us in the coming years is about access to care,” said Virginia Mason Memorial CEO Russ Myers. “And to assure access, we need to partner with our physicians in ways that allow for the long-term stability of practices. Often it is very difficult to recruit physicians for specialty practices. We want to make sure we provide the best opportunity to recruit and retain physicians. Bringing Generations on as part of the family is a step in that direction.”
Generations OB/GYN has long been serving the health care needs of women in the Yakima Valley, providing attentive, compassionate and skillful care, and improving the quality of local obstetric and gynecologic care. Generations is also committed to educating and training new physicians with the goal of attracting more high-quality health care providers to the Yakima Valley.
“Our physicians, providers and staff are excited to be associated with Virginia Mason Memorial because we share the same philosophies of patient-centered medical care and continued efforts to bring the best possible care to the Yakima Valley,” said Dr. Kevin Harrington, a founding partner of Generations.

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Virginia Mason Memorial, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit, community hospital serving Central Washington’s Yakima Valley. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley (www.memfound.org).

Visit Virginian Mason 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).

Heart Health Tip of The Week

February 21,  Heart Healthy Tip of the Week

3 Steps to trim winter pounds

Has the long snowy winter added some extra pounds? Is your belt feeling a little tighter than usual?    That extra weight or waist circumference can put you at risk for a number of serious health concerns including cardiovascular disease. Good news!

Trimming those winter pounds may be as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Reduce calories.

If you eat more calories than you need, you usually gain weight. If you eat fewer calories, you usually lose weight.  To stay healthy and lose weight, most people need to subtract about 500 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week.  Make sure you are eating at least 1200 calories per day and don’t try to lose more than 2 pounds per week.  See your provider if you need advice on your caloric needs.

2 Educate yourself.

Learn how to read and understand food labels so you make healthier choices when shopping for food.  Look up restaurant menus on line and make your choice based on the nutritional numbers, not on what looks and smells good.  Research and try new recipes that use less fat & sodium and more vegetables & whole grains.

  1. Burn more calories through activity.

Regular physical activity helps to control weight and blood pressure and decrease the risk for heart diseases and stroke. 150 minutes of brisk walking every week will not only help you lose weight, it can also improve your quality of life by reducing stress.

February 14, Did you know that 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods?

So what can you? A well balanced healthy diet can still include amounts of sodium, the trick is to keep it in balance.  Try these tips.

  • When you are shopping for packaged or prepared foods, look at the labels and choose the product with the lowest amount of sodium (per serving).  The same food in another brand can have lower sodium.
  • Sometimes poultry has been injected with a sodium solution. Look for terms like “broth,” “saline” or “sodium solution”.
  • Try to find low or reduced sodium salad dressings, salsas, and olives as well as sauces like ketchup and mustard.  These types of condiments are usually high in sodium
  • If you buy canned or frozen vegetables, get the kind with no added salt or sauce.

It may take a while to get used to the taste of lower sodium in your meals.  Pick a few places to start and gradually change your ingredients.  Your heart will thank you for it!

February 6, Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in Yakima have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure is a leading controllable factor to prevent heart attack, heart Failure, stroke, and  kidney failure.  If your blood pressure in greater than 140/90, you have high blood pressure and should take action.  Some things  you can do is:  lose weight, exercise regularly, cut your salt intake and consider seeing your doctor about medical management.  Remember, Virginia Mason Memorial want you to “Have a Healthy Heart!”

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How long can Flu live on objects?

The flu virus can “live” on some surfaces such as doorknobs and tables for up to 24 hours. Routine cleaning of surfaces may reduce the spread of flu.  Pay special attention to these germ collectors:

  • Telephones.
  • Remote controls and game controllers.
  • Counters, handles and drawer pulls in the bathroom.
  • All tables, including nightstands, coffee tables and desks.
  • Computers, tablets and keyboards.
  • Stuffed animals should be washed in the laundry, or kept away from others for several days until viruses die.
  • Sheets, blankets, towels should be washed at high temperature with color-safe bleach detergent.

Remember! Everyone should clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizers at LEAST six times per day.

Learn more information about identifying, avoiding and managing flu here https://www.rightcareyakima.com/index.asp

Get control over Flu!

Flu can make you feel bad for 2 to 7 days. You may feel like you are over it one day and sick again on the next day.  It is best to stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.  How can you manage flu?

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects to kill flu germs.
  • Stay home until you are better! Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone -without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Is Flu dangerous?  Learn the signs here.  https://www.rightcareyakima.com/get-control-over-flu.asp

Health Tip of the Week

Did you know that 75 percent of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods?  So what can you? A well balanced healthy diet can still include amounts of sodium, the trick is to keep it in balance.  Try these tips.

  • When you are shopping for packaged or prepared foods, look at the labels and choose the product with the lowest amount of sodium (per serving).  The same food in another brand can have lower sodium.
  • Sometimes poultry has been injected with a sodium solution. Look for terms like “broth,” “saline” or “sodium solution”.
  • Try to find low or reduced sodium salad dressings, salsas, and olives as well as sauces like ketchup and mustard.  These types of condiments are usually high in sodium
  • If you buy canned or frozen vegetables, get the kind with no added salt or sauce.

It may take a while to get used to the taste of lower sodium in your meals.  Pick a few places to start and gradually change your ingredients.  Your heart will thank you for it!

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