Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness, Yakima — April 29

Make Health Fun!

Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness, Yakima — April 29
10am – 12pm
No charge. No registration required.

Bring the whole family and check in at the Rotary Pavilion at Franklin Park.
Parents are encouraged to participate with their children as they work together to complete the ultimate obstacle course, with over 20 obstacles of fun physical activity! Nutrition and fitness information provided. Please wear appropriate fitness clothing. (No sandals or flip-flops)

Hosted by Virginia Mason Memorial and Kohl’s Cares.

Memorial offers Grief Recovery Workshop


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

Memorial offers Grief Recovery Workshop

8-week program begins Tuesday, Aug. 9

Memorial is offering a grief recovery workshop for anyone dealing with a loss such as a death, divorce, loss of relationship or identity.
The course is centered on personal discovery, with homework-style exercises designed to help you focus on grief recovery.

The workshop will run for eight consecutive Tuesdays. The first class is Tuesday, Aug. 9, from noon-1 p.m. at Cottage in the Meadow hospice home, located at 1208 S. 48th Ave. in Yakima. The cost is $20, payable on the first day of class, and covers the course, book and materials.

For more information and to register, call 509-574-6746.



Safe Sitter classes teach boys and girls safe, nurturing childcare techniques

Safe Sitter classes teach boys and girls safe, nurturing childcare techniques

Memorial Family of Services is offering a series of one-day Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

Students will gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Instruction includes basic first aid, infant and child CPR, and choking child rescue, though students will not become CPR-certified.
Students will also learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits, and they will gain confidence in how to deal with children.

This one-day course is being offered at Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road in Yakima, on the following dates: June 13, 23, and 30; and July 7, 18 and 28. Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Students should bring a sack lunch. The fee is $40 and includes the class, a Safe Sitter manual and course completion card.

To register, visit yakimamemorial.org and click on classes and events. For more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 509-577-5015 or martinsanchez@yvmh.org.

The top health stories of 2015

Dec. 29, 2015—From hot dogs to high heels, 2015 delivered a lot of interesting health news.

While there were many leading headlines in health, here are a few that got some of the most attention from our readers in 2015. If you missed any of them, take the time to check them out—soon they’ll be last year’s news!

1. Eating certain meats causes cancer, report finds. Is that hot dog going to make you sick? Find out what kinds of meat the World Health Organization tagged as cancerous.

2. Anxiety affects millions of careers. Do you feel stressed on the job? This story reveals just how common that feeling may be.

3. Melanoma cases double in 30 years. Find out what steps you can take to protect yourself against the most deadly form of skin cancer.

4. Your kitchen towel may be a comfy home for germs. You dry your dishes with it. You wipe your hands on it. But what might be living on it?

5. Not so sweet: Sugary drinks kill 184,000 a year. You may want to reach for a big glass of water after reading about the global health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

6. Sleeping in car seats can be deadly. Learn how to provide a safe sleeping environment for your baby—and why a car seat can be a napping no-no.

7. High heels, higher injury risk. Dressing up feet may be pretty, but sometimes it’s dangerous. A report shows how a number of injuries related to wearing high heels has increased.


Wray’s Thriftway and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima raise money to benefit local kids

10 23 15 Wrays Pepsi CheckWray’s Thriftway and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima raise money to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Donations stay local to help Central Washington kids

YAKIMA, Wash. – On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Wray’s Thriftway at 5605 Summitview Ave., Wray’s and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Yakima will hand over a giant check to Children’s Miracle Network to help local children with special healthcare needs. The check will be presented at 1:30 p.m.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, a portion of the proceeds from every 24-pack of Pepsi products sold at three Wray’s Thriftway stores has been earmarked to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This is the fourth consecutive year that Pepsi and Wray’s have partnered to raise money for CMNH. The total amount given over the past three years is $6,254.

Proceeds will benefit Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department, 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.

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 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 various 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, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About the
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Memorial Family of Services is the largest employer in Central Washington’s Yakima County, with some 2,500 employees who share the organization’s core purpose: to inspire people to thrive. Memorial Family of Services includes Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital – a 226-bed, acute-care, nonprofit community hospital – as well as primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, nationally-recognized home health and hospice care, and advanced services for children with special healthcare needs. Visit Memorial online at yakimamemorial.org.

For more information visit The Memorial Foundation’s website at memfound.org.


Memorial offers community training on advance directives

fivewishes 2015The Washington State Medical Association and Washington State Hospital Association have identified advance directives as a key initiative in medical care and substantial time and energy is being placed on this endeavor around our state.

At Memorial, we offer general training on advance directives, and Five Wishes in particular, in one-hour sessions (45 minutes for training, plus 15 minutes Q&A).

During these sessions, you will learn about Washington state’s focus pertaining to an advance directive, what an advance directive consists of (and what makes it legal in Washington), and how to carry out—as well as complete—an advance directive using Five Wishes. You will also receive information regarding the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.

You have several opportunities to attend Five Wishes Advance Directive training:

October 6, Noon-1pm, YVMH Auditorium

November 3, Noon-1pm, YVMH Auditorium

November 18, 7-8 pm, Naches Presbyterian Church (201 E. 2nd Street, Naches, WA)

December 2, Noon-1pm, YVMH Auditorium

Open to the community. No registration required.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Auditorium (in the basement)
2811 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

10 things you should know about vaccines

8 11 15 vaccinesAug. 10, 2015—August is National Immunization Awareness Month—so it’s a good time to prepare for the return of school and flu season. Learn about what vaccines can do for you with these 10 facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and other experts.

1. Vaccines can save your life

They are safe and effective ways to protect against infectious disease. Many of these diseases are serious, and some can be deadly.

2. Vaccines are not just for kids

All adults should get a flu vaccine every year and a Td booster shot for tetanus and diphtheria every 10 years, according to CDC.

Adults age 60 or older should get a zoster vaccine to protect against shingles. And everyone older than 65 should get a pneumococcal vaccine to protect against some infections of the lungs and bloodstream.

There are other recommended vaccines for adults as well. Talk to a doctor about what vaccines are right for you.

3. Moms-to-be should get vaccinated

A woman should get a dose of Tdap during each of her pregnancies. The ideal time is between 27 and 36 weeks, CDC says. This vaccine protects both mom and newborn against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.

4. Vaccines do not cause autism

The 1998 study that suggested a link was later retracted because of serious flaws. Since then, multiple scientific studies have not shown any association between vaccines and autistic disorders.

5. A flu shot can help you every year

All kids and adults age 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year when it becomes available. The flu virus mutates quickly, so it’s important to update your immunity each year.

6. Getting all doses in a vaccine series counts

By the age of 2, vaccines can protect kids from 14 diseases. But these vaccines work best when kids get every dose on schedule. Find out when to get these vaccines all the way up to age 6 with this infographic.

7. The HPV vaccine is for boys and girls

The HPV vaccine can protect against dangerous strains of human papillomavirus that cause cancer and genital warts. It is most effective when given before a person becomes sexually active—and has enough time to develop a good immune response—so it’s recommended for boys and girls at 11 or 12 years of age.

8. Pre-college vaccines are important for students

Even healthy college students can get sick from vaccine-preventable diseases like meningitis. Diseases can spread easily in dormitories and school facilities, so get teens vaccinated before move-in day.

9. Vacation may require vaccination

If you plan to travel internationally, you might need additional vaccines, depending on your destination. Check out CDC’s travel page for more details.

10. The MMR vaccine is very effective

More than 95 percent of people who receive the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine become immune to all 3 diseases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. In the 20th century, an average of over 500,000 people in the U.S. got measles annually. In 2010, there were only 63 cases. This was all thanks to vaccination.

And that’s not all. For even more ways that vaccines can protect you and your family’s health, visit our Vaccines topic center.