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Advance Care Planning

Make Your Healthcare Wishes Known—April 15 Advance Care Planning Virtual Webinar

National Healthcare Decisions Day, or NHDD, takes place every year on April 16. This day exists to inspire, educate and empower the community and caregivers about the importance of advance care planning. Advance care planning is the process of reflecting on our values and beliefs and then discussing our wishes for what we would want to have happen...

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

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...

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

Because Everyone Needs a Little Help Sometimes—ValleyCares.valleymed.org

If you’re needing help and not sure who to call, visit ValleyCares.valleymed.org, a new care network to help people connect with local social service programs in our community. Everyone is welcome to use this resource—it’s free, you don’t have to be a Valley Medical Center patient or have medical insurance.Why use ValleyCares.valleymed.org? For man...

Mental Health

Give Yourself a Well-Being Boost with Mindful Meditation—Valley’s Videos will Guide You

The definition of mindfulness is "the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us." Led by Valley’s Employee Behavioral Health Advocate Dani Dutro, LMHC, Valley employees are encouraged to take a 10-minute, mindfulness meditation break on Mo...

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

May is Stroke Awareness Month! Know the Warning Signs and Ways You Can Prevent Stroke

Valley Medical Center's Stroke Program is recognized as a Gold Plus Quality Achievement program. We are a Joint Commission certified Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center.  Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and leading cause of serious disability nationwide - but it doesn't have to be. Check out the image below to review the warning signs of...

Primary Care

Preventive Care is Protective Care—Make Your 2022 Plan for Health with Your Provider

If it's been a while since you've seen your doctor, you may be among the 30% of Americans who have delayed or avoided medical care during the pandemic. Now that so many are vaccinated and medical clinics are set up well to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19, the new year is a good time to commit to protecting your health by making a primary care...

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

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...

Senior Health

Because Everyone Needs a Little Help Sometimes—ValleyCares.valleymed.org

If you’re needing help and not sure who to call, visit ValleyCares.valleymed.org, a new care network to help people connect with local social service programs in our community. Everyone is welcome to use this resource—it’s free, you don’t have to be a Valley Medical Center patient or have medical insurance.Why use ValleyCares.valleymed.org? For man...

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

Give Yourself a Well-Being Boost with Mindful Meditation—Valley’s Videos will Guide You

The definition of mindfulness is "the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us." Led by Valley’s Employee Behavioral Health Advocate Dani Dutro, LMHC, Valley employees are encouraged to take a 10-minute, mindfulness meditation break on Mo...

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...