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Welcome Dr. Amy Kalina to the Medical Staff
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WARNING SHELTER ANNOUCEMENT- Due to the expected freezing weather conditions, 2 weather sheters will be opened in McMinnville.

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Living with Cancer Support Group @ H.R. Hoover Cancer Center (WVMC Campus)
Dec 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

A general cancer support group available for individuals in all stages of cancer including survivors. For additional information, or to register for the group, call (503) 435-6590 x8740.

Weight-Loss Surgery Information Course @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

If you are considering weight loss surgery, we encourage you to attend a free informational weight-loss session. These sessions will give you an opportunity to get to know Dr. Higa and Dr. Diamond, our board certified bariatric surgeons. Also you will be introduced to our bariatric program coordinator and registered dietician that will accompany you on your journey to a new life free from the weight. If you have any questions about the session, or any other questions about weight-loss surgery, please call Kristi Amerson at 503-434-6432

Newborn Care Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class is included in the child preparation series but if you would just like a course on newborn care this is the one for you. In this class you learn “the basics” as well as creative solutions to living and caring for your newborn. Includes care safety seat information and inspection.

Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Dec 6 @ 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.


Giving Thanks

Nothing can put your life into a better perspective than reminding yourself of all you are thankful for. In this season of giving thanks, this practice is especially appropriate. I have so much to be thankful for, mostly as a mom, wife and daughter. Here is my full, but incomplete list:

I'm thankful for our children and their baby smiles, giggles, slobbery kisses and baby dances to and fro. Our babies are the light and joy of my world.

I'm thankful for the necessities I don't have to think twice about. We have clothes, a warm, comfortable home to sleep in at night and play during the day. I don't have to worry about running out of diapers. All of our needs are met.

I'm thankful for our extended family. Their help, wisdom and knowledge is indispensable. They are all amazing and we are lucky to have them near.

I'm thankful I can fill our bellies with nutritious foods. I have a well equipped kitchen and access to grocery stores and locally produced foods. We also have room to grow our own fruits and vegetables and get fresh eggs each morning.

I'm thankful for time. I get to spend all day with our little ones. The days can be long, hard and monotonous but there isn't anything else I'd rather be doing.

I'm thankful for our health. We have agile bodies and sound minds. I pray they stay that way!

I'm thankful I get to raise children with my best friend. He's supportive, loving and adds a dimension to parenting I could never fulfill on my own. He makes our children laugh, and he never fails to swoop in when I'm reaching my wits end. Karson and Lucy love him so much and so do I.

I'm thankful for drinkable water. At home we get our water right out of the ground. It's clean and abundant.

I'm thankful for wonderful friends and a community of people that make this area a great place to live.

I'm thankful for safe reliable transportation. It's easily taken for granted but it's a luxury many cannot afford.

I'm thankful we don't have to feel the direct effects of war. We don't know the daily fear that far too many people have to face.

My life isn't perfect but I have so many reasons to be thankful. My list could go on and on and this is where it starts. These are the reasons I’m glad to be alive and look forward to each day. With giving thanks I see how much I have and therefore how much I have to give. We all have something to be thankful and grateful for, but more importantly, we all have something to make others thankful and grateful. In this holiday season choose to give thanks but also don't forget to choose to just give.

Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See for previous posts.
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Why We Sweat or Don’t Sweat
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Yesterday, my wife and I punished ourselves with 90 minutes of rigorous exercise to make up for our indulgences on Thanksgiving and during the Civil War. Oh man, we pushed hard.

We did our regular upper body workout and cardio workout, but then my wife added in this brutal circuit training. 100 jumping jacks, 100 crunches, 100 squats, 25 pushups, then repeat that 4 times. Just thinking about makes my muscles sore.

By the end of the 90 min, I was toast. I really didn’t feel like I could do anything else. It was then that I snapped this slightly sweaty selfie. After working out that hard for over and hour and a half, I felt like I should have been dripping in sweat (like sweat everywhere, running down my back, soaking through my shirt kind of sweat) but I wasn’t.

But then again, I’ve had workouts and runs where I was literally soaked in sweat when I was done. One day I could do 30 min on my elliptical and barely sweat, then the next, do the exact same thing and sweat like crazy.

This got me thinking… I know we that we basically sweat to help regulate our body temperatures, but is it indeed an indicator of adequate cardiovascular exercise? If we aren’t sweating, are we not working out hard enough?

According to WebMD (2015), sweating is the cooling process your body goes through to help you maintain a steady body temperature - but it's no workout indicator. We have this association that sweating equals calories burned, and that’s actually not accurate. Every body is different and sweats differently, and how much or how little you sweat doesn’t equate to the number of calories you burn.

Again, the chief reason for sweating is temperature regulation. The average person has nearly 3 million sweat glands in their skin and they are commonly divided into two major types: eccrine and apocrine. The eccrine glands are everywhere on the body. The apocrine are oil glands that have a thicker, more potentially odoriferous sweating and they are mostly under the arms or in the groin area.

Theoretically, you could perform an hour of intense circuit training in a walk-in freezer and not sweat a drop. By the same token, you can quite easily break a sweat just walking to the store on a hot July day in Las Vegas.

Don't use the amount you sweat as a good indicator as to the number of calories you've burned. What matters is how long and how intensely you're working out. Push yourself hard and every time you exercise try to improve just a little bit. If you are giving it your all, it doesn’t really matter whether or not you are dripping with sweat.

One thing to keep in mind is that it’s difficult to sweat if you are dehydrated. Experts recommend drinking 24 ounces of water prior to rigorous exercise and then continuing to hydrate during the exercise. Make sure you stay hydrated anytime you engage in exercise.

So there you have it, sweating keeps our body temperature within range, but doesn’t necessarily mean you are burning more calories. Just do your best and push yourself when you exercise. That’s the key to your success.

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