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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Stand Up!

If you are sitting down reading this right now, you should stand up. No really, you should stand up now and probably a whole lot more than you usually do in your day-to-day life. A recent report of 47 studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine states that more than half of the average person’s

Time for real food yet?

When to introduce a baby to solid foods is another hot topic of debate but I guess just about everything is when it comes to parenting. Our babies have been eating solids for a couple months now and I feel pretty good about our decision to do so. It was based on my pediatrician's recommendation,

Notes from your Nutritionist…”Spring Break Healthy Travel Tips”

Spring break for many families is this week which means road trips, potential airport layovers, and long train rides. Vacation can often be associated with making unhealthy food choices, but here are a few suggestions to keep your families healthy diet plan on track. 1.) Be prepared – If your final destination is a long

Choking Hazards for Your 0-4 years old

As a Registered Dietitian, I felt fairly prepared on how and what to feed my kids from birth to preschool years. With that said, there were a lot of lessons learned along the way which every parent goes through. One topic that I needed a refresher on foods was potential choking hazards foods. According to

So many questions???

Now that the babies are getting a little older and not demanding to be fed at every seeming moment, getting out and about is a little easier. Excursions usually disrupt our nap schedule but it's almost always worth it to be able to venture out and get a change of scenery and maybe even a

So much information and we have the solution!

I remember the days of going to the library and looking up books on animation. When I was young, I wanted to draw for Disney and I used to do a lot of research on the topic. Every year I would save up my money so when we made our annual trip to Disneyland, I

Desserts: To Eat or Not to Eat?

One question that I commonly get as a Registered Dietitian is, “Am I ok to eat desserts?” Most people associate guilt with eating desserts because they are often high in calorie, large portions, contain high calorie ingredients, and often add calories over someone’s daily caloric needs. But as a Dietitian, I never label foods “good”

A Beautiful Place to Call Home

I grew up in McMinnville. When I was younger I couldn't wait to move away. I hated the rain and there was never anything "to do." Our Friday nights in high school were spent tormenting the wait staff at Shari's and ordering the minimum order necessary to occupy a table. I haven't visited Shari's in

Hospital Visitors

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS I just spent the last two days with my mom and it was fabulous. She flew up from the Bay Area to go to my son’s first baseball tournament and her visit really made us all feel good. Her visit got me thinking about the topic of “visiting” and how

A Happy Mother’s Day

I was welcomed to the "club" and celebrated my first Mother's Day. My husband and family gave honor to me and it was special and endearing. It was a day I have waited several years to partake in but by the end of it,... I realized Mother's Day is so much more than an "all

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 Volunteer’s Guild. In February 1977 the Hospital Volunteer Guild was officially incorporated. This past week during National Hospital week, we celebrated the 40 years of dedication to the community that the Volunteer’s

It’s embarrassing…. and we understand.

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS This week, I cared for a few patients who encountered a few embarrassing situations. I won’t go into many details about what happened, but what I can share with you is that I’m pretty sure we can all put ourselves in these peoples' shoes and feel what it’s like to

7 Month Checkup

Seven months! It seems like the time keeps going faster and faster! Although sleeping is still causing us some grief, this past month has been the most fun yet. Lucy is on the move. She's not crawling but she can figure out how to get from point A to point B in some way or

Clouds and Pancreatic Cancer

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS Trying to get some sunshine in the Northwest can be quite challenging as the west coast cities of Portland and Seattle top the list of cloudiest large cities in the United States. This lack of sunshine may contribute to many health challenges including various types of cancer. After reviewing information