It’s Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Do know the facts of asthma?
An excerpt from North Central Washington Museum’s “The History of a Thriving Anomaly” describes how the local community thought the Wenatchee Valley Clinic, which opened on April Fools’ Day 1940, wouldn’t last 6 months. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
The tiny clinic was founded by a surgeon, Albert Donald Haug, a radiologist, Lloyd Smith, and an internist with a knack for keeping patients happy, Lumir Martin Mares, and it brought together specialists at a time when most doctors worked alone.
Haug and Mares believed that their little clinic could meet the same standards as those in the East, and they brought together a range of specialists and cutting-edge equipment and training to become the second-largest clinic in the region.
“We knew it would grow,” Dr. Smith said, “but none of us had any idea it would grow to what it is now.”
The clinic brought together its doctors then, and it brings together patients and doctors now. Because of their dream, its nearly 170 doctors treat people from around the world today.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy decided that every May, we would honor older Americans and their contributions to our communities and country. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” celebrates older adults who are taking charge of their health, engaging in their communities, and positively impacting the lives of others, just like Wenatchee Valley Clinic’s remarkable founders.
Health Alliance will honor older Americans this month by partnering with Confluence Health to hold an educational event about the treatment and prevention of hypertension and strokes on May 25 and by teaming up with community agencies and businesses in planning the 3rd annual senior-focused health fair at Pybus Public Market on June 4.
Health insurance can be challenging, but as I think about those trailblazing doctors, I remember that hard work, progressive thinking, and the camaraderie of partners like you can help turn the dream of making a positive impact through quality care within this wonderful place we all live a reality.
Shannon Sims is a Medicare community liaison for Health Alliance, serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in Washington. She has four sons and two grandsons. During her time off, she performs as part of a rodeo drill team on her horse, Skeeter.
It’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease affects more than a million people in the U.S. and 7 to 10 million people worldwide.
Losing motor skills from Parkinson’s can result in serious falls. Protect yourself.
How do you make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s?
It’s Stress Awareness Month, and 30% of Americans feel it affects their physical health. Relaxing is good for your heart and mind and can reduce the chance of stroke, colds, obesity, depression, and breast cancer.
Try aromatherapy with citrus scents, which can reduce stress.
Reading for just 6 minutes could reduce your stress by 68%, which is more than some other popular de-stressing methods.
Looking for a snack to take the stressful edge off your afternoon? Try these.
Science has found that your dog can reduce your stress, especially if you take it to work.
Try the Chocolate Meditation for an easy and tasty intro to the stress-busting activity.
Whether you’re trying to meditate, get better sleep, or be inspired, these apps can help you reduce stress.
March is the first-ever Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Join us this week in taking the Red Tie Challenge and learn more about these disorders.
More than 3 million Americans suffer from bleeding disorders, like hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, or rare factor deficiencies.
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder where your blood doesn’t clot normally and can be fatal in emergencies.
von Willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in your blood.
Join us and those across America taking the Red Tie Challenge and help start a conversation about bleeding disorders.
It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to tie the perfect knot.
Image via Chattanooga Time Free Press
January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Do you know how important your thyroid is?
About 1% of Americans will develop enlarged thyroids, and it affects 5-10 times more women than men.
Most of the 30 million people with a thyroid condition don’t produce enough of the thyroid hormone.
Thyroid cancer can be painless and without symptoms. Learn more to protect yourself.
To find thyroid problems and cancer early, learn how to do this simple Neck Check self-exam.
It’s extremely important to take care of the thyroid during pregnancy and infancy. Why?
Medication adherence is key for those with hypothyroidism. MyPillCheck can help.
November is National Diabetes Month, and now’s the time to raise awareness and protect yourself.
86 million Americans are at risk of developing diabetes. Learn how you can protect yourself starting at home.
Understanding your diabetes can be kind of like football, from U.S. News and World Report.
Visit our diabetes section to learn more about taking care of you or your family’s disease.
Diabetes is more common and more serious than many Americans realize. Protect yourself now.
You can help stop type 2 diabetes in its tracks with smart shopping and eating. Find resources from the American Diabetes Association to get started.
Exercise is an important part of taking care of and preventing diabetes. Programs like this can help, from NPR.
Interested in learning more about diabetes from our different partners’ health experts? Check out our events page for presentations and videos.