Childhood obesity: a growing concern

Obesity rates in children are growing at alarming rates. About 33% of the children in America are considered overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963, according to the American Heart Association.

Children are generally overweight or obese because they don’t get enough physical exercise and have poor eating habits. Genetics, environment, metabolism and life style may also play a role.

“When a child has obese parents, they are three to four times more likely to have weight problems themselves,” Dr. ...

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Tackling obesity epidemic: SVH physicians offer advice

It’s no secret that obesity is one of the country’s most serious health problems. In the last 20 years, adult obesity rates have doubled while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled, according to an annual report released by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“Obesity is a major health crisis in our country. We take better care of our cars than our bodies,” Karen LaJambe, Nurse Practitioner at the Primary Care Clinic in Snoqualmie Valley Hospital, said. ...

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Coping with winter stress

Between the cold, wet weather and the shorter days, it’s easy to feel shut in and run down during the winter. As residents of the Valley can attest, sunny days are few and far between. Lack of sunlight and feeling stuck indoors can make you feel alone, isolated and even depressed.

“We may be more impacted by winter weather than those outside the Valley because of our location on the western slope of the mountains,” Andrew Heintz, Licensed Therapist and Social ...

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Snoqualmie Valley Hospital adopts use of electronic health records

As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in health care, the national movement towards electronic health record systems is leading to many improvements in the quality of patient care.

Dr. Kimberly Witkop, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, was instrumental in promoting physician adoption of electronic health records at the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital and its clinics.

“We introduced electronic health records in our hospital and clinics in 2006 as a way of bringing in the best ...

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Dhirendra Kumar, MD

Specialty: Family Medicine, Geriatrics – Hospitalist
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Medical School: Lala Lajpat Rai Memorial Medical College, Meerut U.P., India | Completed in 2003
Residency: Wyoming Valley Family Medicine Residency Program, Kingston, PA | Completed in 2011
Fellowship: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD | Completed in 2012

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

9801 Frontier Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
t (425) 831-2300
Open 24/7
Directions

 

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William Korbonits, MD

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine

Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University Medical College | Completed in 1974
Internship: Swedish Medical Center – First Hill Campus | Completed in 1974
Residency: Swedish Medical Center – First Hill Campus | Completed in 1975

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

9801 Frontier Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
t (425) 831-2323
Open 24/7
Directions

 

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Duane Anderson, MD

Specialty: Emergency Medicine – Emergency Department Medical Director
Board Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine

Medical School: The Chicago Medical School Finch University of Health | Completed in 1995
Residency: University of Massachusetts Medical School | Completed in 1998

Bio

“I fell in love with the medical field when I first learned First Aid taking the Boy Scout First Aid merit badge. I later went on to become an Eagle Scout then worked my way through the field from Emergency Medical Technician to Registered Nurse ...

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Jonathan Halper, MD

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Board Certification: Board Certification: American Board of Emergency Medicine

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine | Completed in 1985
Internship: Swedish Medical Center – Family Medicine | Completed in 1986
Residency: Swedish Medical Center – Family Medicine | Completed in 1988
Fellowship: Madigan Army Medical Center – Emergency Medicine | Completed in 1996

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

9801 Frontier Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
t (425) 831-2323
Open 24/7
Directions

 

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Jason Rubin, MD

Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine

Medical School: St. Louis University School of Medicine | Completed in 1995
Internship: St. Louis University School of Medicine – Internal Medicine | Completed in 1996
Residency: St. Louis University School of Medicine – Family Medicine | Completed in 1998

Bio

Jason Rubin received an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991 and a doctorate from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine, ...

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Afshin Bidari, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine – Hospitalist
Board Certification: Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical School: Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science | Completed in 1992
Internship: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | Completed in 2006
Residency: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | Completed in 2008

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital

9801 Frontier Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
t (425) 831-2300
Directions

 

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