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Advance Care Planning

Make Your Wishes Known: Advance Care Planning

Content derived from DocTalk with Priyanka Choudhury, Advance Care Planning Coordinator 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....

Diabetes

At Risk for Pre-Diabetes? What You Need to Know about This Hidden Condition & Help If You Know You Have It

If your blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not high enough for you to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you can have pre-diabetes without even knowing. Watch the video below and learn how food is digested, how insulin helps you process sugars (glucose) in your blood, what happens when your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or your b...

Fitness

Age-Friendly Fitness: How to Boost Your Health with Exercise and Why it Matters

Content derived from DocTalk with Matthew Jones, Exercise Specialist 0:32 | Why is exercise important?Exercise is the number one way to prevent chronic disease and retain your quality of life as you age.Regular exercise can: improve your body compositionimprove your cardiovascular outputincrease your body's defense mechanismsincrease your overall f...

Heart & Stroke

Why Stroke Care is Better than Ever in Our Community

When a stroke is suspected, the saying goes, “Time is brain.” A stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, either from a blood clot or plaque build-up inside the vessel. When the vessel can’t deliver the blood the brain needs, the brain starts to die. The more quickly 9-1-1 is called, the more rapidly treatment can be delivered—eac...

LGBTQ

Preventing Additional HIV Transmission and Infections Now Through Testing, Treatment & Proactive Care + What’s on the Horizon for HIV Preventive Care

By Greg Morlin, MD, Infectious Disease Clinic Since the beginning of the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, epidemic four decades ago, HIV has killed more than 36 million people worldwide, according to hiv.gov, with about 1.5 million people contracting the virus in 2020. However thanks to advanced treatment options and medications that keep the...

Men's Health

DocTalk: Understanding Chronic Conditions

Content derived from DocTalk with Shawn Myers, MD – Kent Primary Care Clinic 0:15 | What is a chronic condition?A chronic condition is any health condition that lasts longer than three months. When we talk about chronic health conditions, we're usually referring to one of two groups of conditions: Conditions that will continue to decrease your qual...

Mental Health

Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Month—Beyond The Numbers

By Valley Medical Center's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month, was created to bring awareness to the unique mental health challenges that minority groups face in the United States....

Nutrition

Valley Family Table

Valley’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee teamed up with Valley’s Food Management & Nutrition Services Department to create Valley Family Table, a weekly soup special at Trendz Café highlighting family recipes submitted by Valley employees. The soup recipes align with the cultural observance of the month, with delicious recipes inclu...

Preventive Care

Age-Friendly Fitness: How to Boost Your Health with Exercise and Why it Matters

Content derived from DocTalk with Matthew Jones, Exercise Specialist 0:32 | Why is exercise important?Exercise is the number one way to prevent chronic disease and retain your quality of life as you age.Regular exercise can: improve your body compositionimprove your cardiovascular outputincrease your body's defense mechanismsincrease your overall f...

Primary Care

DocTalk: Understanding Chronic Conditions

Content derived from DocTalk with Shawn Myers, MD – Kent Primary Care Clinic 0:15 | What is a chronic condition?A chronic condition is any health condition that lasts longer than three months. When we talk about chronic health conditions, we're usually referring to one of two groups of conditions: Conditions that will continue to decrease your qual...

Rehabilitation

Sidelined by an Injury?

When injuries occur, it is no longer enough for athletes to “take it easy for a while” or “work through it.” Whether you’re a swimmer, runner, cyclist, dancer, hiker, Little Leaguer, or someone who just likes to keep as active as possible, our Sports Medicine team’s goal is to keep you in the game. Learn more about Valley’s Sports Medicine Clinic f...

Safety

Age-Friendly Fitness: How to Boost Your Health with Exercise and Why it Matters

Content derived from DocTalk with Matthew Jones, Exercise Specialist 0:32 | Why is exercise important?Exercise is the number one way to prevent chronic disease and retain your quality of life as you age.Regular exercise can: improve your body compositionimprove your cardiovascular outputincrease your body's defense mechanismsincrease your overall f...

Senior Health

Age-Friendly Fitness: How to Boost Your Health with Exercise and Why it Matters

Content derived from DocTalk with Matthew Jones, Exercise Specialist 0:32 | Why is exercise important?Exercise is the number one way to prevent chronic disease and retain your quality of life as you age.Regular exercise can: improve your body compositionimprove your cardiovascular outputincrease your body's defense mechanismsincrease your overall f...

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...

Stress Management

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...

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...