7th Annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair – July 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7th  Annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair – July 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair will be this Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Modern Living Building at Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave. Juanita Silva of Memorial’s Community Health Education and Maria Benavides of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic appeared on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, July 22, to discuss the upcoming event.

What is it?

This is the seventh year for Fiesta de Salud, an annual health and wellness fair presented by Memorial, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Fiesta Foods. This event is offered at no charge to attendees.

The purpose of Fiesta de Salud is to promote health services that are available to all in our community and to connect the people to the services.  At Memorial we believe that improving health will transform our community.  And we do this through educational events like Fiesta de Salud.

What’s new this year?

We have a new location this year – the Modern Living Building at Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave. There also will be a fitness obstacle course – offered by Rock Solid Fitness – for families to participate in together.

What can people expect?

There will be 35 different community outreach agencies and vendors ranging from health care to education.  It’s the perfect time to get information, ask questions and learn more about the services they offer.

We’ll have live music and fun activities, including the obstacle course, for the kids. Bike helmets also will be provided free of charge to the first 500 kids, thanks to a generous donation from Kohl’s Department Stores. And Seattle Children’s Hospital will be back again this year to ensure those helmets are properly fitted for each child.

Will there be health screenings?

Yes. There will be cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and blood pressure screenings.

New this year: We will have privacy screens so that we can offer privacy during cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes screenings.

Also, the Farm Workers clinic staff will offer a mobile dental clinic for the kids with the Ronald McDonald mobile unit.

 

How do I sign up?

You don’t need to sign up, and there’s no fee to attend.  Just show up!  Last year, it’s estimated as many as 7,500 people attended.

The event is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and Fiesta Foods, and is supported in part by Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Memorial Foundation and Kohl’s.

For more information, call 225-3178.

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