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DNA Sequencer

Courtesy of News Register Staff Writer: Nicole Montesano

Willamette Medical Center acquires DNA sequencer

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Overall Economic Impact of Willamette Valley Medical Center

McMinnville, OR (June 9, 2015) – Oregon community hospitals accounted for $18.9 billion in economic […Read More]

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Volunteers Celebrate 40 Years

Willamette Valley Medical Centers Volunteers Celebrate 40 years

McMinnville, OR- The year was 1975 when Willamette Valley Medical Center (WVMC) initiated its first […Read More]

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A Little Fright That Turned Into a Little Delight

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Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.

New Moms Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!

Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

Families Living with Cancer @ H.R. Hoover Cancer Center (WVMC Campus)
Aug 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This group is available for family members and caregivers of individuals with cancer. For additional information, or to register for the group, call (503) 435-6590 x8740.


My Weight-Loss Journey" By Miss Stephanie

Week 4- "Sometimes the difficult things are the very best things"

This week has been a fun but difficult one. I say difficult because I've been doing so many awesome things that it's been hard to stay on plan. I got to go camping this past weekend with my family. It was hard to pass up S'mores and banana boats, but I did it. We also had a bbq the other night, where we had tons of junk food that was hard to resist. But again, I DID IT.

What I have learned this week is to not deprive myself of certain foods, just eat a tiny bit and get your protein in no matter what.
The other major thing I have been working on is not concentrating on food, but the people I am with. Now that I get full so fast, food physically cannot be the center of my attention. Therefore, I have had to really push myself to socialize with the people around me, even if they are still eating. I believe because of this shift in my eating habits, I don't have the food addiction anymore! I don't obsess about food or binge eat because I know I can't.

Despite these revelations, I am in a stall this week in regards to my weightloss. I think in order for me to overcome this, I need to make my workout routine more intense. My goal is to get 10,000 steps a day, or swim half a mile. The nice thing is, I invested in a fitbit to help me track my walking. I know I can do it, the hard part is just getting started.

I want to encourage anyone out there who is going through WLS to keep going, despite the hang ups. Also, push yourself outside your comfort zone because the rewards are amazing! I have deeper connections with friends because I concentrate on them and not food. I also now don't feel deprived, but healthy and happy with the direction my weight and life are going.

Last week I said that this weightloss journey is about you, and that is true, but by concentrating on you getting healthier, the people that support you the most will become even more important and close. I look forward to continuing to lose weight and have more energy when I exercise. I look forward to reaching my goals and being the best and most healthy woman I can be. I want to help anyone out there who needs a friend, work out partner or just someone to talk to. You can comment below and I will be able to reach out to you personally.

Thats all for now! Go enjoy the heat friends!
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Notes from your Nutritionist: Carly Dunn

Coffee: Food Addition or Good for You?

Coffee is one of those drinks that has historically gotten a bad rap for “being bad” for your health and in some cases causing cancer. To my surprise, coffee has been recently added to the American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR) “cancer fighting” food list. Other foods that have made the list include dark green leafy vegetables, grapes and grape juice, cranberries, blueberries, lentils, and whole grains. Coffee has earned this great honor as it contains many phyto-chemicals that have been proven to reduce cancer risk. One of these chemicals is Vitamin B2, or Riboflavin. One of Riboflavin’s main jobs is to convert food you eat (carbohydrates) into fuel for your body (glucose). Although related to cancer, Riboflavin fights free radicals in the body which are harmful particles that damage healthy cells. Riboflavin may reduce or help prevent some of the damage that a free radial can cause.

So the question you must have is: How much coffee should I drink? The recommended and safe dose for coffee drinkers is up to 400 mg/day. This equates to about 4 – 6 oz. cups of coffee. If you don’t drink coffee, 400 mg could equal 6-10 cans of soda, 3-4 shots of espresso, or 1-2 cans of an energy drink (depending on the brand). Signs that you might be getting too much coffee includes insomnia, nervousness, stomach upset, or heartburn. If you have questions about any side effects, make sure to ask your doctor at your next visit.

Bottom Line: Enjoy coffee, but stay at or under 400 mg/day! Make sure to measure your travel cups so you can better keep track of your intake. For fun, try experimenting with different flavors, bean type, grinds, blends, light vs. dark, or coffee from different countries.
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