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Advance Care Planning

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Diabetes

6 Things You Should Know That Will Do Your Heart Good

February is American Heart Month, as originally proclaimed in February 1964 by President Johnson to promote awareness of heart disease after he had personally experienced a heart attack. This month marks the 57th year Heart Month has been recognized in the United States and the American Heart Association hopes to continue raising awareness and emph...

Fitness

6 Things You Should Know That Will Do Your Heart Good

February is American Heart Month, as originally proclaimed in February 1964 by President Johnson to promote awareness of heart disease after he had personally experienced a heart attack. This month marks the 57th year Heart Month has been recognized in the United States and the American Heart Association hopes to continue raising awareness and emph...

Heart & Stroke

6 Things You Should Know That Will Do Your Heart Good

February is American Heart Month, as originally proclaimed in February 1964 by President Johnson to promote awareness of heart disease after he had personally experienced a heart attack. This month marks the 57th year Heart Month has been recognized in the United States and the American Heart Association hopes to continue raising awareness and emph...

LGBTQ

Promoting Wellness and Enhanced Services for Our LGBTQ+ Community—Valley is Honored to Receive the Healthcare Equality Leader Award for the 9th Year

Valley Medical Center is proud to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, we have been awarded the LBGTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Every year, HRC recognizes the healthcare facilities that participate in the Healthcare Equality Index  for their dedication and commitment to LGBTQ inc...

Mental Health

Go with the Flow to Boost Your Well-being

Imagine you just won a game of chess, your intramural team won a baseball game, or you completed a work project on time and with ease. You might say, "I can't really explain it. I was just in the zone!" You didn't overthink it; you just made a series of decisions as they came to you, and the results were successful. If this sounds familiar to you,...

Neurology

Relieving Muscle Spasms and Weakness after Stroke or Brain Injury—Occupational Therapy Can Help

by Kristin Moore, MOT, OTR/L, Neuro Occupational Therapist II, Valley Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services After stroke or traumatic brain injury, you might have weakness on one side of the body, called hemiparesis. This weakness makes it hard to move, control your body, and do daily tasks like dressing or cooking. Over time, as the brain recon...

Nutrition

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Preventive Care

Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Time to Get Back on Track!

Content derived from DocTalk with Greta Bernier, MD, Colorectal Surgeon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQyVnLf4k3w Why is it important to talk about colorectal cancer now?March is colorectal cancer awareness month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer people have been getting their preventive screenings for colorectal cancer, with as much as a 70%...

Primary Care

It’s YOU-Time: 7 Ways to Take Care of YOU in 2021

So much of 2020 was spent with an external focus, a focus outside of ourselves. We were glued to media sources and trying to find any sliver of normalcy and certainty in our days. When immersed in chaos for an extended period of time, we sometimes forget what ”normal” feels like and we get used to being hardwired with worry, which may take a toll l...

Rehabilitation

Relieving Muscle Spasms and Weakness after Stroke or Brain Injury—Occupational Therapy Can Help

by Kristin Moore, MOT, OTR/L, Neuro Occupational Therapist II, Valley Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services After stroke or traumatic brain injury, you might have weakness on one side of the body, called hemiparesis. This weakness makes it hard to move, control your body, and do daily tasks like dressing or cooking. Over time, as the brain recon...

Safety

Recognizing and Preventing Suicide in our Youth: Rates Rising During the Pandemic

Content derived from DocTalk conducted with Kari Tanta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Suicide and self-harm rates have increased during the pandemic, particularly in the younger populations in Washington. Kari Tanta, PhD, addresses suicide prevention, the risks and signs for suicide, and offers steps that parents and caregivers can take to help their loved one...

Senior Health

FREE GoldenCare Membership—A Golden Opportunity for Your Health and Wellness

Are you 62 or older? Here are 6.2 reasons to join Valley’s GoldenCare membership program. 1. Virtual Seminars and EventsLearn about important health topics from Valley experts through our virtual DocTalks and webinars. After the pandemic ends, GoldenCare members will also receive invitations to special social and educational seminar events hosted b...

Sleep

Could Seasonal Affective Disorder be Behind Your Winter Blues?

Content derived from interview with Rachel Kopicki, MD, Family Medicine The Puget Sound and surrounding areas are known to be some of the cloudiest regions of the United States. Winters here boast rainfall an average of 18 days in a month, and during short winter days we may only see two hours of sunshine per day. All things considered, feeling dow...

Stress Management

Go with the Flow to Boost Your Well-being

Imagine you just won a game of chess, your intramural team won a baseball game, or you completed a work project on time and with ease. You might say, "I can't really explain it. I was just in the zone!" You didn't overthink it; you just made a series of decisions as they came to you, and the results were successful. If this sounds familiar to you,...

Weight Management

6 Things You Should Know That Will Do Your Heart Good

February is American Heart Month, as originally proclaimed in February 1964 by President Johnson to promote awareness of heart disease after he had personally experienced a heart attack. This month marks the 57th year Heart Month has been recognized in the United States and the American Heart Association hopes to continue raising awareness and emph...