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Winter Sports Conditioning


Topic: Winter Sports Conditioning
Guest: Joel Buffum of Sports Medicine Advantage

There’s snow in the mountains, and many people in Yakima are ready to hit the slopes. But cold weather sports and activities are physically demanding. The best way to avoid injury is to start preparing your body in advance of those activities.

Some common winter sports injuries:
• For skiers, injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee are the most common. We also see lower leg breaks, such as to the tibia, and shoulder injuries – dislocations, separations.
• For snowboarders, statistics show most injuries occur with beginners because of the sport’s complexities. Injuries to the hand, wrist and upper extremities are the most common.

The biggest causes of those injuries:
• Going without rest
• Faulty equipment
• Allowing yourself to get dehydrated or fatigued – the classic “one last run”
• Going into areas that are above and beyond your ability level
• Failing to observe warning signs and going off-trail
• Less likely in our region – an inability to adjust to the altitude

Physical conditioning:
• Getting in shape reduces your risk of injury!
• Adequate training in your chosen sport helps reduce chance of injury, improves your skills and increases your enjoyment
• Winter sports conditioning includes cardiovascular training, metabolic training, strength training, power training (explosive moves), balance & stabilization (single foot balance squats and balance step-ups on unstable surfaces), plyometrics and stretching.
• Keep in mind the sport you want to perform and design a program that’s geared to those muscle groups.
o For downhill skiers and snowboarders, your hamstrings and quads are key – hamstring curls, straight leg toe-touches, glute arches, roller chair pulls (dig your heels in and pull yourself across the floor in a chair with rollers), squats, wall sits, lunges.
o For cross-country skiers, it’s more about endurance – aerobic exercise, such as an elliptical that mimics the muscle groups. Planks and side planks strengthen your core.
• Stretching and warming up before you hit the slopes is important! It loosens up your muscles and gets your heart rate up.

Additional tips to keep in mind
• Buy and wear approved helmets or protective head gear that fits correctly. Wear eye protection.
• Take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
• Wear appropriate clothing in layers to prevent heat loss. Layers closest to the skin should be made with materials that wick moisture away from skin.
• Remember to stay properly hydrated and to eat! Good nutrition equals good fuel.
• Know the signs of frostbite – toes and fingers are susceptible to frostbite if they get wet or sweat a lot.
• Know your limits and stop before you become tired.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard and change a life!

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals serving ill and injured children across the U.S. and Canada and is the CMN hospital for Central Washington. Thousands of families have received care at Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Unit and at Children’s Village, a home away from home for children with special health care needs.

Children’s Miracle Network has numerous business partners whose employees and customers raise money for CMN hospitals. These are people pitching in at the local level to support local services.

One of those partners in our community is Dairy Queen. Tom Tierney promotes Miracle Treat Day, which is July 30, 2015.

Dairy Queen supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

$1 or more of every Blizzard Treat sold July 30 to go to children’s health care

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard Treat and change a life!

July 30 is Miracle Treat Day, and Dairy Queen will be donating $1 or more from every Blizzard Treat purchase to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

This is the 10th annual Miracle Treat Day. DQ stores in Yakima, Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Union Gap, Wapato, Toppenish and Grandview are participating, as well as stores in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla. In Oregon, DQ stores in Hermiston, Pendleton and Milton-Freewater are taking part.

The money raised helps to support Children’s Village, which serves children with special health care needs. It also helps to support the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Unit at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, your Children’s Miracle Network hospital for Central Washington.

For more information, visit or The Memorial Foundation’s website at

Remember, this money stays in our local community to treat and care for local kids.



Healthy for Life cooking classes offered in Yakima

Topic:              Healthy for Life Cooking Classes

Guest:             Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster

Date:               June 2, 2015, 8 a.m.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to helping you be healthier. The program includes free exercise classes – yoga, boot camp, zumba, which we’ve talked about on the show – and cooking classes geared to encouraging healthy cooking and eating habits in kids.

The instructor of those cooking classes, Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, is here to offer some tips for parents to get their kids eating healthy this summer.

Why is a healthy diet so important?

It is estimated that 80 percent of our chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, are preventable with lifestyle choices. It’s also estimated that 30 percent of cancers are influenced by diet. One-third of children today are overweight or obese, and diet plays a role in this epidemic.

The time is now to change our eating habits so that we can start to reverse this dangerous trend. A healthy diet is part of a spectrum of lifestyle choices that can not only prolong life, but also give you the quality of life you want – one full of joy and vitality.

It takes time, money and resources to ensure a healthy lifestyle, which poses a challenge for some families. Our goal is to make it easy for you to be healthy!

What do you focus on when you’re teaching a cooking class?

I focus on how simple, easy and delicious it can be to eat more plants. I educate the children and their parents about whole-foods as well as plant-foods. A plant-based diet is centered on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. In my classes, we discuss nutrition, but I also demonstrate at least two recipes, and all of the class participants get to taste it.

My favorite part is seeing their reaction when they taste the food. They see how simple and easy it was to make and that it was made from plants, and they are so surprised when it tastes so good. It’s about empowering children with the knowledge and skills they need to establish healthy habits to carry them well into adulthood.

Can you offer some suggestions?

The reason that eating more whole plant-foods is so beneficial is because they are rich in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. They are more filling and satisfying and higher in nutrients than processed foods or animal products. I routinely recommend that parents focus on decreasing or eliminating processed foods in the diet and increase fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes. Ideas for each meal include oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, veggie hummus wraps for lunch and bean chili for dinner. Kids love to help out in the kitchen and also really enjoy the element of choice, so setting up a vegetarian taco bar or having them help choose which fruits and veggies they want to try really makes a difference.


For more information, visit

Memorial offers summer babysitting classes

Memorial is again this year offering a series of Safe Sitter classes for boys and girls, ages 11-13, to learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques.

What are the benefits of Safe Sitter classes?

  • Students are empowered. They learn rescue skills and basic first aid. They learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, though they will not become CPR-certified.
  • Students gain confidence in how to deal with children. They gain behavior management skills and learn how to handle emergencies when caring for children.
  • Students learn important life skills, such as introductory employment skills and safe habits.
  • And they have fun! It’s an interactive class with games, role-playing situations.

There are also benefits to the community:

  • We increase the number of young adolescents providing safe child care, and we increase the personal safety of teen sitters.
  • Some students use this class as a marketing tool – “I’ve completed a Safe Sitter class” to better sell their abilities to care for children.
  • Students use these skills later in life to be better parents.

This one-day course is being offered seven days this summer at Children’s Village:

June 15, 18 and 22

July 8, 20 and 24

August 4

The $40 fee includes:

  • One-day class, Safe Sitter manual and completion card.

To register, visit, click on classes and events and find the class you want, on the date you want on the calendar. You’ll find a link there to register.

Or for more information, contact Martin Sanchez at 577-5015 or

Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run

On Saturday, May 30, the not-for-profit Reckin’ Crue Inc. will host the annual Mayhem and Miracles Revving at the Ridge Motorcycle Poker Run and Show-n-Shine Saturday. This event at River Ridge Golf Course benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, which is your CMN hospital for Central Washington.

John Drakes of the Reckin’ Crue appeared on KIT 1280 on May 19, 2015, to talk more about it.

What does the event include?

  • Morning and afternoon four-person scrambles
  • A motorcycle poker run on the golf course
  • Motorcycle rodeo, a burnout contest and a motorcycle show-n-shine
  • Golf competitions
  • Raffles and a silent auction
  • Live music and other activities

Scrambles start at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., with the on-course Poker Run scheduled for noon. Other events are scattered throughout the day.

River Ridge Golf Course is located at 295 Golf Course Loop in Selah.

What do the proceeds benefit?

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.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the organization’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Money raised here stays in our local community to support services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Department and Children’s Village, which provides advanced services for children with special health care needs.

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16.

The 6th annual Passion for the Village takes place this Saturday, May 16. What started as a project of high school students on the YouthWorks Council has grown and evolved with the passion of community members and parents for Children’s Village. The event is held at Children’s Village to allow guests an inside look at how their donation helps local children, and families attend to provide first-hand testimonies about what Children’s Village means to them.

The goal this year is to raise $75,000 for Children’s Village!

We are so grateful for this year’s sponsors. Two of our sponsors – Ken Camarata from KDF Architecture and Kurt Snider from Cintas – joined special guest Jake Woods, a junior from East Valley High School who is a representative of the YouthWorks Council, on KIT 1280 on May 12, 2015, to talk about the event.

The event is nearly sold out, but the community is encouraged to join the passion for children’s health care services by making a donation and by supporting the many local businesses that are sponsoring this event.

Donations can be made online at, by calling (509) 576-5794 or by mail: Passion for the Village Donation, The Memorial Foundation, 2701 Tieton Dr., Yakima, WA 98902.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:

WSECU, KDF Architecture, John L. Scott Foundation, Cintas, Allan Bros. Inc., Banner Bank, Hyatt Family Facilities, Kershaw Companies, Key Bank, Les Schwab Tires, Monson Fruit Company, MT Housing, Poppoff Inc., Rowe Farms, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Yakima Fruit and Cold Storage.


Five Wishes is more than a living will

Five Wishes is more than a living will. It lets you choose the person you want to make health care decisions for you if you are not able to make them for yourself. It lets you say exactly how you wish to be treated if you get seriously ill. It’s easy to use – all you have to do is check a box, circle a direction or write a few sentences. And it’s recognized in 42 states – including Washington – and the District of Columbia.

Memorial is holding seminars to help people in our community complete the 5 Wishes advance directive:

  • Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 a.m. (Classroom B) and noon (Memorial auditorium)
  • Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. and noon (auditorium)
  • Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. and noon (auditorium)


Memorial Chaplain Laurie Oswalt appeared on KIT 1280 on April 21, 2015, to discuss the 5 Wishes and encourage people to attend these seminars.


So what are the five wishes?

Wish No. 1: Who do you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them for yourself?

This allows you to designate a durable power of attorney, which is legal in Washington. Choose someone who knows you very well, cares about you and who can make difficult decisions. A spouse or family member may not be the best choice because they are too emotionally involved. Sometimes, they are the BEST choice. It depends on the situation. But choose someone who is able to stand up for you so that your wishes are followed.


Wish No. 2 is your wish for the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.

Wish No. 2 is the living will that describes acceptable and unacceptable medical treatment. Life support treatment means any medical procedure, device or medication to keep you alive. It includes medical devices to help breathe, food and water supplied by tube, CPR, major surgery, blood transfusions, antibiotics and anything else meant to keep you alive. This wish allows you to choose if you want life-support treatment, if you don’t want it or want it stopped if it has been started, or if you want it only if your doctor believes it could help your condition.

Another two-page form allows you to summarize your wishes for end-of-life treatment, to be kept in your file for the future. The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – or POLST form – lists a set of medical orders that are intended to guide emergency medical treatment for people with advanced illness.

Wish No. 3 is your wish for how comfortable you want to be.

Do you want your doctor to administer medicine to relieve your pain? Do you want your caregivers to do whatever they can to help you if you show signs of depressions, nausea, shortness of breath or hallucinations? Do you want your lips and mouth kept moist to stop dryness? Do you want religious readings and well-loved poems read aloud when you are near death?

This is about exactly what it says: making you as comfortable as you want to be when you are near the end of your life.

Wish No. 4 is your wish for how you want people to treat you.

Do you want people with you? Do you want to have your hand held, even if you don’t seem to respond to the voice or touch of others? Do you want people nearby praying for you? Do you want to die at home?

Wish No. 5 is to ensure your loved ones know what you want them to know when your time is near.

You wish for your family and friends to know that you love them, and for them to respect your wishes even if they don’t agree with them. You want them to respect your choice to be buried or cremated.