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Advance Care Planning

Make Your Wishes Known: Advance Care Planning

Content derived from DocTalk with Priyanka Choudhury, MHA 0:25 | What’s the difference between an advance care plan (ACP), a living will, an advance directive and a healthcare directive?“Advance Care Plan” is an umbrella term that describes the process of communication and planning for your future healthcare decisions. For instance, if you were to...

Diabetes

Be Sweet to Your Feet: 7 Tips for Good Foot Health

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. Put your best foot forward with these easy tips for at home foot care. Keep feet clean and dry. Wash your feet every day and dry completely. Check feet regularly for cuts, sores, swelling, dryness, and infected toenails. Apply treatment as needed. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes for two or more days...

Fitness

Summer brings the sun and warmer weather, which is perfect for swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, and ponds. Swimming is so much fun, and great exercise, but it can also be dangerous. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, with these helpful tips:Tip 1) Check the water safety of your swimming location to make sure the water is warm and clean....

Heart & Stroke

Taking Action to Protect #OurHearts – Tips for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States – 1 in 5 people die from it each year – even though it is largely preventable. Research shows that many Americans will likely develop some form of heart disease, but you don’t have to be one of them. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), you can take acti...

LGBTQIA+

Valley Celebrates Pride

In honor of Pride Month, Valley proudly raises the Pride flag each June, reaffirming our commitment to caring for our community like family. We are delighted to share this year's ceremony with you, featuring remarks from our CEO, Jeannine Erickson Grinnell, and Registered Nurse Kawai Kaneali’i. Watch the video below. For the 13th consecutive year,...

Men's Health

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: Know the Symptoms and Risk Factors

According to the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, testicular cancer is the leading cancer in men aged 15-44, but it can strike at any age. Over 95% of testicular cancer cases are curable when detected early. Image copyright and trademark registered to Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation. Possible symptoms of testicular cancer: A lump on y...

Mental Health

5 Ways to Promote Your Overall Well-Being

Mindfulness in the morningBefore the start of your day, take 10-15 minutes to engage in a mindfulness activity to promote stress reduction, which can reduce your overall stress levels throughout the remainder of your day. Whether it is stretching, yoga, quiet sitting, or deep breathing, seek to prioritize what is important to you and set the tone f...

Neurology

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. According to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, an estimated 1 million people in the United States and more than 6 million people worldwide are affected by Parkinson's disease. Wojciech Gryc, MD, with Valley's Neuroscience Institute explains what Parkinson's is, its symptoms and diagnosis,...

Nutrition

Keep your kitchen cool by making low-heat meals like this delicious gluten-free summer salad! Ingredients 1 19-ounce can chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) 1 red pepper 1 cucumber 2 stalks celery 1 cup halved grape tomatoes Juice of 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup) 1 tbsp white vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley DirectionsDrain...

Preventive Care

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Tips to Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with about 9,500 people in the U.S. diagnosed with skin cancer every day.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—which come from the sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds—is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer. Below are tips for...

Primary Care

3 Cs of Telehealth

Telehealth appointments were made available by many of our clinics at Valley in 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, to give patients social distancing options. Four years later, this virtual appointment option remains so popular with patients that it has expanded across Valley's primary, specialty, and urgent care clinics. If you haven't t...

Rehabilitation

Enhancing Everyday Life: Adaptive Tools for Independent Living

Occupational therapy promotes wellness and independence in all areas of self-care, work, and leisure. One of the ways occupational therapists assist their patients is by helping them learn to use adaptive devices. Adaptive devices aid people with everyday activities, including bathing, dressing, and eating, so they can live as independently as poss...

Safety

Summer brings the sun and warmer weather, which is perfect for swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, and ponds. Swimming is so much fun, and great exercise, but it can also be dangerous. Help keep yourself and your loved ones safe, with these helpful tips:Tip 1) Check the water safety of your swimming location to make sure the water is warm and clean....

Senior Health

While There’s No Cure for a Dementia Diagnosis Like Bruce Willis Received, There’s Ways to Slow it Down if You Get Help Early

Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is in the spotlight this month, after the family of actor Bruce Willis announced that he had been diagnosed. Valley Neuropsychologist Lama Alameddine, PsyD, answered some common questions about FTD that you may be asking. Dr. Alameddine says dementia is an umbrella diagnosis that can include several different d...

Sleep

Are You and Your Family Getting Enough Sleep for a Healthy Heart?

While getting enough sleep may seem like a luxury, it’s now an official American Heart Association recommendation for a healthy heart. After 12 years of research, the AHA recently expanded its list of heart healthy lifestyle practices by adding sleep duration to its recommendations. Are you and your family getting enough sleep for a healthy heart?A...

Specialty Care

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Tips to Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with about 9,500 people in the U.S. diagnosed with skin cancer every day.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays—which come from the sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds—is the biggest risk factor for skin cancer. Below are tips for...

Stress Management

Your Mind Matters: Mental Health & Wellness in the Retirement Years

Retirement isn’t all about sandy beaches and sunsets – it can come with its own set of challenges. Research shows that retirement can lead to mobility challenges, illness, and a decline in mental health. The good news is that there are things you can do to help! In this video, Dani Dutro, LMHC, explores how maintaining social connections, staying a...

Weight Management

Want to Enjoy the Holidays in Good Shape? Use These 8 Holiday Health Hacks

The holiday season is upon us! For many people, this season can offer some challenges to a healthy lifestyle. Schedules often become crowded and we are bombarded by holiday-themed foods nearly everywhere we turn.  Let’s face it, during the fall and winter season we tend to gather with loved ones and celebrate with food. The pandemic has made t...