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Breaking the cycle Pinwheels raise awareness of child abuse Pinwheels take on a new meaning this month. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of child maltreatment and how to prevent it in our community. The Washington state Department of Early Learning uses pinwheels to represent its campaign urging people to learn more about prevention and supporting children and their families. “The health and well-being of our children is all of our concern,” Dr. Ronald Spiegel, pediatrician at Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic, said. “Medical providers rely on community members to report any treatment of a child they see that is concerning or inappropriate.” Child maltreatment is any type of abuse or neglect of a child, under the age of 18, that

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Kasey George, age 5, and Sophia Robison, age 6, plant pinwheels at the Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic to show the hospital district’s commitment to healthy child development. results in harm or injury. There are four common types of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional and neglect or abandonment. Maltreatment causes stress in children that can affect school, family life, physical and mental health. “The goal is to stop child maltreatment before it starts,” Spiegel said. “The best way to prevent it is to seek help if you’re feeling

overwhelmed by circumstances in your life, including financial worries, marital problems and substance abuse. Counseling and community programs can help prevent things from escalating to the level of maltreatment.” Local programs to prevent child abuse and neglect also improve parent-child relationships and provide parents with

social support. A few local support organizations include LifeWire, Encompass and Friends of Youth. “We live in a great area with lots of family activities, good schools and excellent support systems to help in stressful times,” Spiegel said. “Our Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic providers are available through our call service 24 hours a day to help steer people towards the support they may need.” Each type of child abuse comes with its own unique symptoms. It’s up to adults who are in a position to notice recurring symptoms of abuse, to act before the situation escalates. If you suspect a child may be mistreated, call your medical provider, Child Protective Services or the police. Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic is located at 35020 S.E. Kinsey St., Snoqualmie. Go to or call (425) 3967682 for more information.

Church effort aids nutrition in Guatemalan village

Valley Christian Assembly Church hosts a fundraising event with a Mexican Fiesta dinner and silent auction, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The fundraiser is an opportunity to help change people’s lives in the small village of San Miguel Chamil, Guatemala. Valley Christian Assembly Church, partnering with Food for the Hungry, has made a commitment to support this village by sponsoring many children and helping with annual community projects for a 10-year period. Last year, a mission group from the Valley planted fruit trees in their village, combating malnutrition, a serious problem, and helping with trade. Vacation Bible School is also provided for the local children. Food for the Hungry focuses on the needs of the community and asked church members this year to help install new cooking stoves. The villagers keep warm and cook in open fires in the middle of their homes. With a fire pit in the middle of the home without proper ventilation, the villagers inhale smoke, causing serious respiratory problems. Therefore, a trip is planned to return in August this year to construct and install these new stoves, which will, in the long run, save lives. The church is located at 32725 SE 42nd Street, Fall City; call the church at (425) 222-5284. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 3 are free. The church is seeking businesses to sponsor or donate goods for the fiesta. To learn more, e-mail to Samantha at

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The number itself is a shock to the system: Every year, emergency rooms nationwide treat sports- and recreation-related brain injuries in nearly 175,000 children. The most common activities leading to these visits are cycling, football, playground activities (especially for children under 9), basketball and soccer. But such injuries can occur in any activity. C on c u s s i on s can produce lifelong challenges with memory, emo- Nicole demetrescu tion, movement and behavior. Children and teens take longer than adults to recover from concussions. We must take them seriously. Here’s how to prevent concussions when your child is at play: • Make sure your child wears a helmet when cycling or playing sports such as football or hockey. • Have an appropriate professional check the helmet’s fit. • Talk with your child’s coach about policies on concussions and returning to play. • Know that concussions can occur with direct contact with the ground, another player or an object. Even a forceful sit-down can cause a concussion.

Signs of a concussion Has your child had a bump? Watch for these signs in the hours and days afterward: • Loss of consciousness, even momentary • Dazed or stunned appearance • Confusion • Clumsiness • Mood or behavior changes • Memory loss • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • Blurry vision • Light or noise sensitivity • Feeling “not quite right” If you see even one of these, keep your child out of play and off a bike until a medical evaluation. • Free training and facts on concussions are available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at http:// concussion/sports/index.html. • Nicole Demetrescu is a physical therapist at Encompass.

We all spend a fair amount of our life in front of a computer and there are some simple steps to avoid pain and injury. Here are some tips to keep your spine in a neutral position so that your muscles are aligned in their most efficient way. 1. The top of the monitor should be at eye level and at arm’s length away 2. Keep head upright and chin level with shoulders relaxed 3. The chair should have a firm lumbar support that rests in the small of your back 4. Arms should rest comfortably at your side 5. Your elbows should be bent at an approximate 90-degree angle with armrest directly under elbow/forearm 6. The keyboard should be slightly below elbow height 7. Keep wrists straight and mouse next to keyboard at same height level 8. Keep your hips bent at slightly less than a 90-degree angle 9. Adjust the seat height so that knees are slightly below hips 10. Be sure feet are resting on the floor or use an angled foot rest/stool if desk height cannot be adjusted Other things to consider in order to avoid injuries typically related to computer workstations: • Sitting in any one position for too long can lead to neck, back or wrist pain. Take 5-10 minute standing or walking breaks every two hours. • Use arm, hand and finger stretches to relieve tension built up from repetitive motions If you continue to have trouble, then it is time to seek further medical help. Your local physical therapist at Edge PT & Rehab is there to help you and can be reached at (425) 292-0223.

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Raise a Cavity-free Child! What’s in your medicine cabinet? Talk with teens, safeguard prescriptions to prevent abuse

What’s in your medicine cabinet at home? Each generation of teens looks for new ways to get high. Recent trends indicate that they are increasingly turning to prescription or overthe-counter (OTC) medicines. Teens report getting many of these medicines from home medicine cabinets and mistakenly believe that abusing them is “safer” than other drugs. According to surveys from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of teens say they have taken a prescription drug without having a prescription for it themselves, and 5 percent report abusing OTC cough medicine to get high. Saturday, April 27, is the day the North Bend Police Department along with Washington State DEA will participate in the National Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can bring your expired, unwanted, or unused prescription medications to a temporary drop off point located at the southeast corner of North Bend’s park-and-ride, between East McClellan Street and East Park Street for destruction.

Choose a Pediatric Dentist • Just as you’ve chosen a pediatrician for your child, consider the advantages of choosing a pediatric dentist from the very first visit by AGE ONE. • Don’t put your child to bed with a bottle. • Begin cleaning your child’s mouth after feeding even before teeth appear.

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restore the lives of young girls formerly enslaved by the sex trade. It empowers young girls of Uganda, formerly imprisoned by, and at risk of, exploitation and child labor, by providing a safe environment, education, professional training and rehabilitation. For a special event, Kuts for Kampala, salon owner Angela Favaro and her stylists are volunteering their time so that all of the proceeds will go to Set Her Free. There will also be pictures of girls who need sponsors, jewelry, and organic appetizers. Call Favaro at (425) 292-0816 or Abbey White at (425) 350-0647 to schedule an appointment. Learn more at Lula Ruby is located off the Parkway on Snoqualmie Ridge.

Relay bake sale is Saturday A bake sale fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the North Bend ACE Hardware, 330 Main St. S., North Bend, sponsored by the Super Troopers Relay Team.



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“Wings of Courage” at Marymoor Park, Redmond, on Saturday, May 11. Registration is at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. start. The awards ceremony will start at 11 a.m. at the east end picnic shelter. Walkers of all ages are encouraged to form a team, join a team or just take a “walk in the park” to benefit Angel Care. Angel Care volunteers, all breast cancer survivors, provide one-on-one emotional support to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Serving the greater Puget Sound area, the services are provided free of charge. Founder and Board Chair, Jan Harris, formed the organization 15 years ago when she experienced breast cancer and found little assistance for the emotional challenges of the disease and treatment. “Many things have changed since then, yet the emotional support that helps the patient and loved ones is still needed,” she said. Registration is $35 and can be done online at: For more information, contact Angel Care Foundation at (206) 4173484, send e-mail to, or visit

The Riverview School District is the second school district in King County to achieve the HealthierUS School Challenge designation. The Highline district was recognized in 2012. Five Riverview schools recently achieved the bronze-level designation in the national HealthierUS Schools Challenge. They were recognized with certificates of achievement from the King County Board of Health, which encourages policy, system, and environmental changes that will help create healthy schools and communities for all King County residents. Certificates of achievement went to Food Services Supervisor Kaye Wetli, who led the effort to apply for the recognition, Carnation, Cherry Valley and Stillwater Elementary Schools, Eagle Rock Multi-Age, and the Riverview Learning Center.

SVR Special Pages - Valley Health April 2013  


SVR Special Pages - Valley Health April 2013