Memorial is partnering with Kohl’s Department Stores to bring you Healthy for Life

In Yakima County, about one in every three adults is obese, and Yakima County has consistently exceeded Washington state rates for adult obesity.

Memorial Family of Services has worked for years to improve access to care and educate the community about obesity and chronic diseases that are prevalent in our community, including diabetes, offering comprehensive diabetes education and prevention programs and a nutrition and fitness education program for at-risk children and their families, among other programs.


Now, Memorial is partnering with Kohl’s Department Stores to bring you Healthy for Life, a new program of exercise and cooking classes, offered in Yakima at no cost to participants. Memorial Community Health Educator Juanita Silva talked more about the classes Feb. 3, 2015 on KIT 1280.


What classes are available thank to this partnership?


  • Gentle Yoga

Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 p.m.

Yoga Collective, 2600 W. Nob Hill Blvd.


  • Zumba – This is a bilingual English/Spanish class

Wednesdays, starting Feb. 18, 6-7 p.m.

Adams Elementary School, 723 S. 8th St.


  • Bilingual Yoga

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Yoga Collective, 2600 W. Nob Hill Blvd.


  • Boot Camp

Fridays, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Rock Solid Fitness, 1109 S. 22nd Ave., Unit B,


  • We also will be offering cooking classes in June and July at Memorial’s Education Center. Stay tuned for more information on these classes closer to those dates.


How is this all possible?

Kohl’s donated more than $28,000 to Memorial to make this program possible. This grant also allows once again for the purchase of 1,000 bike helmets for area children to be distributed at various events, including Memorial’s annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair this summer.


Since 2012, Kohl’s has donated more than $45,000 to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and The Memorial Foundation. Other Memorial initiatives supported through Kohl’s include Children’s Village, YouthWorks and other child safety programs through community education


Where can I find more information about health and wellness classes in Yakima?

For more information,


5 Tips for Better Heart Health

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Get up and GO!

Regular, daily physical activity can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease and other conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Try for 30 minutes most days. Pressed for time?  Three 10-minute sessions can do the trick. You should strive to raise your heartbeat for at least 10 minutes and increase it over time.  At an easy level, you should be able to sing while doing the activity. At the next level, you should be able to talk, but not sing. And finally, when you exercise vigorously, you won’t be able to say a few words without needing to pause for a breath.

You are what you eat

Fad diets promise amazing results that often end up as extra weight gain in the end.  Eating a healthy diet means making permanent changes to your diet to include more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Limiting certain fats is important; aim to get your protein from low-fat dairy products, lean meats and lower fat fish.

Hit the sack

Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. People who don’t get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes and depression. If you are putting in the time but still feel tired, consult your provider. You may have sleep apnea or a thyroid imbalance.

Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can include snoring loudly; waking up often; and having headache, sore throat or dry mouth upon awakening.

Kick the habit

Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. The chemicals found in tobacco can damage your heart, causing atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) which could cause a heart attack.

Know your Numbers

Knowing your medical history and getting annual checkups are vital steps to healthy living. Attaining your best health starts by identifying the numbers that affect your health. Download your booklet and take it to your next wellness check up. Your doctor just may give you a gold star for being proactive!

Go to IHOP for pancakes and support the kids!

IHOP restaurants in Ellensburg, Pasco and Kennewick are celebrating the 10th IHOP National Pancake Day℠ on Tuesday, March 3. Guests are invited to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a voluntary donation to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Your CMN hospital for Central Washington is Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Contributions benefit Memorial’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Department, as well as Children’s Village, which serves Central Washington children with special health care needs and their families.

So if you’re in the area, stop by for some pancakes and donate to Children’s Miracle Network. This money stays in our local community to help local kids. You can help change a life!

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