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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.

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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Flu is sneaky!

Flu is sneaky!  If Flu comes to your house, do you know what to do to be prepared?  Check to see if your doctor has after-hours care or an illness hotline. Check to see if your insurance has an illness hotline and write down the number for others to use on your behalf.  Make a plan for help if you are too sick to care for others. Gather medical and prescription information for everyone in your household. Learn the difference between common flu symptoms and dangerous –emergency symptoms here. https://www.rightcareyakima.com/get-control-over-flu.asp

Great Places to be a nurse: Yakima – Eric’s Story

Find out why you should be part of the Virginia Mason Memorial team>>

A 2016 study (link) rated Washington State the best in which to be a nurse Hear why Eric is dedicated to the Yakima Valley and find out why you should consider joining the Virginia Mason Memorial team.  Part of the Virginia Mason Health System, Virginia Mason Memorial is a 226-bed acute-care, nonprofit community hospital that has served Central Washington’s Yakima valley for more than 60 years. Services also include primary and specialty care practices.

How do you know if it’s Cold or Flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them.  The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Learn more about Flu at https://www.rightcareyakima.com

Great Places to be a nurse: Yakima

Find out why you should be part of the Virginia Mason Memorial team>>

A 2016 study (link) rated Washington State the best in which to be a nurse. Learn more about being a nurse in Yakima, Washington from Anna , a nurse at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Watch as she discusses her job, the area and her love of the activities available to her and her family throughout the year.

Anna’s Story

Hear why Anna is dedicated to the Yakima Valley and find out why you should consider joining the Virginia Mason Memorial team. Part of the Virginia Mason Health System, Virginia Mason Memorial is a 226-bed acute-care, nonprofit community hospital that has served Central Washington’s Yakima valley for more than 60 years. Services also include primary and specialty care practices