Fun for the whole family! 2015 Fiesta de Salud Health Fair

Heads up! The annual Fiesta de Salud Health Fair is just around the corner, and we want to give everyone advance notice to free up their schedules and be there for great events and health information. Juanita Silva of Memorial’s Community  Health Education and Yesica Arciga Garcia of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic talk more about Fiesta de Salud.

What is it?

This is the eighth year for Fiesta de Salud, an annual health and wellness fair presented by Memorial Family of Services, 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.

When and where?

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25

Modern Living Building, Yakima State Fair Park, 1301 S. Fair Ave.

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 and blood pressure screenings. The Farm Workers clinic staff will offer a mobile dental clinic for the kids.

How do I sign up?

You don’t need to sign up.  Just show up!  Last year, we had more than 5,000 people in attendance. There’s no fee to attend.

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, visit or call 225-3178.


Mom and Baby Support Group Tonight!

Young Mother Kissing Infant
Young Mother Kissing Infant

Mom and Baby Support Group

5pm-6:15pm every Wednesday

Bring your baby (up to 12 months old)

and join other moms to discuss

parenting topics, postpartum health,

breastfeeding, safety and much more.


Memorial Education Center | 2506 Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima

(Located in Rainier Square)

No Charge. No registration required.

Call 509-248-7322 for more information.

The National Bike Challenge

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event to challenge people to ride bicycles more often to create a healthier workplace and get people excited about bicycling. Now entering its fourth year nationally, the event is a free, easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level.

More than 45,000 riders logged 23 million miles nationally last year. In 2015, the challenge is aiming for 75,000 riders between May 1 and Sept. 30. The goal in Washington state is to see 1,000 participants this year. Memorial has signed on to the National Bike Challenge and is encouraging others to do so as well. Randy Brown of Memorial’s Information Systems Department appeared on KIT 1280 on April 28, 2015, to talk more about it.

Why is Memorial participating?

Memorial recognizes that having a Healthy Yakima means having a healthy population and a healthy environment, and the National Bike Challenge is a fun way to work toward that goal.

  • This is a fun, team-building experience that will help build camaraderie in the workplace as participants work toward a common goal and compete against other businesses in the region, state and country.
  • Encouraging participation will help to make our community healthier.
  • Participants can reduce car maintenance, fuel and parking expenses. Businesses whose employees participate will benefit from reduced health care and transportation-related costs.
  • Bicycling reduces emissions and greenhouse gases. Nearly 50 percent of all trips in metropolitan areas are 3 miles or less and 28 percent are one mile or less – distances easily covered by bicycle.
  • Joining the National Bike Challenge is a great way to kick off National Bike Month in May!

Why do you participate?

Health: In the past 12 months, I’ve ridden over 1,200 miles, and I have more energy and feel healthier than I ever have. I ride about 8 miles round trip Monday through Friday.

Economics: About a year ago, my wife and I took a financial course that taught us solid principles for getting and staying out of debt. Since then, we’ve made several changes in our lives to insure that we are financially stable, saving money and being good stewards of what God has given us. In the past 12 months, I’ve saved 60 gallons of gas and about $447 by riding to work and other places around Yakima.

Environment: We kept about 1,186 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the environment because I rode in the past 12 months.

Prizes: I love entering (and winning) contests! The National Bike Challenge offers monthly prizes based on the number of miles that you’ve ridden. The more you ride, the greater the chance of winning. Memorial also is offering employees MyWellness points for joining the challenge and riding at least 20 miles, and they have an opportunity to enter to win prizes based on the points they’ve earned.

How do you track your miles?

The “Moves” app automatically tracks walking, running and cycling miles, and it knows when you’re exercising without having to tell it. There are similar apps in the marketplace, and the National Bike Challenge website connects with these apps so your miles are recorded to the site. It’s really cool and easy!

For more information, visit

Learn at Lunch at NSL – Healthy Habits for Life Starts February 18


NSL Nutrition Services wants to let you know of an opportunity to learn and apply lifelong habits to increase your health and fitness. We are hosting a Learn at Lunch and will discuss Healthy Habits for Life. The first in the 4-part series starts tomorrow, February 18th, from 12-1PM at NSL. The program was developed by the WA State Dairy Council and is designed to help you make gradual, but permanent, changes that will improve your overall health. Isn’t that what we all want?

Please call our department to register 509- 574-3408. There is no charge (donations always appreciated), and a light lunch will be provided.

Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one?

Do you know a child who is grieving the loss of a parent or other close loved one? Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is offering a hands-on workshop to help guide children ages 4-17 and their parents or guardians through the grief associated with death. Memorial Chaplain Laurie Oswalt appeared on KIT 1280 on Jan. 27, 2015, to talk more about the upcoming workshop.


The workshop will provide an opportunity for children to express their feelings and thoughts through creative activities and meet others who have experienced a similar loss. While children are participating in activities to assist their recovery, parents and guardians will be involved in their own grief recovery program geared for adults.


Key points about grieving children:

  • Every kid grieves differently. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.
  • Can be feelings of anger, sadness, worry, relief, fear or numbness.


How a child or teen grieves varies depending on a number of factors:

  • what social support systems are available – family or friends
  • the circumstances of the death – how, when and where the person died
  • the nature of the relationship with the person who died – harmonious or conflicted
  • the child or teen’s involvement in the dying process
  • previous experiences with death


This workshop is intended to help children and teens work through these feelings and safely share them in a safe environment. Activities include writing, drawing, team-building and art.


This workshop will be held:


Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road, Yakima


Lunch will be provided for every family, and parents are encouraged to enjoy lunch with the children before the activities begin. This workshop is provided at no charge to participants.


For more information or to register, contact Denise Mitzel at 577-5062 or


Registrations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 6.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Transitions Program serves any adult in Yakima County with a life-limiting illness. A life-limiting illness is one with a limited prognosis or that presents new challenges, significantly impacting an individual or the family’s well-being.

The program relies heavily on volunteers. Kathryn Holman, the program’s volunteer coordinator, visited KIT 1280 on Oct. 28, 2014, to talk more about volunteering for the Transitions Program

How does the Transitions Program help people?
• Transitions provides assistance with planning, education and support in coping with a serious, life-limiting illness through social work and volunteer services.

How do volunteers help?
• Volunteers provide companionship, transportation, help with errands, light housekeeping, and/or meal preparation. As the number of Transitions clients increases, we are utilizing more and more volunteers.

Many of our Transitions volunteers transition themselves to aiding clients when they become hospice patients. Many of our volunteers have spoken about the value and rewards of giving of themselves for others. We’ve found that clients and volunteers form a special bond.

What are the steps to becoming a volunteer?
• Complete a volunteer application
• Complete two days of volunteer training
• 1-on-1 interview with volunteer coordinator
• Meet health requirements
• CPR certification (for in home visitors only)
• Shadow another volunteer (for certain positions)
• Annual evaluation and in-services

Who does Transitions serve?
• In 2012-2013, an average monthly census of 72 clients
• Clients reside independently, in assisted living facilities, adult family homes and nursing homes
• Ages range from late 30s to early 90s
• Clients diagnosed with many different illnesses

Who pays for the Transitions Program?
The Transitions Program is funded by The Memorial Foundation. There is no cost to participating clients and their families. The Transitions Program does not bill any insurance for services provided.

Memorial Hospital has a rich history built with help from volunteers, starting in 1948 when the first guild members began fundraising to meet the community need for a new hospital. Today, our more than 300 active volunteers serve in 80 volunteer positions at the hospital, in 57 departments.

For more information, visit or call (509) 574-3655.

Alzheimer’s Association to host a dementia conference on Nov. 4th

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a Yakima conference on Nov. 4
for family caregivers and health care professionals caring for people with dementia

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington is hosting an educational conference Nov. 4 in Yakima to provide tools and encouragement to family caregivers and health care professionals in Central Washington who are caring for people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in Washington state, and state officials are working to develop an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan to map out the needs of the thousands of Washington residents who are and will be affected by this progressive, fatal disease.

At this conference, family caregivers will have sessions devoted specifically to them, offering helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care for loved ones. These sessions will address challenges to caring for a loved one with dementia, including relationship changes, communication, maximizing safety and difficult behaviors.

The family caregiver sessions will be offered concurrently in both English and Spanish and are being offered at no charge to participants, made possible in part by a generous grant from The Memorial Foundation.

A second track of the conference offers sessions to address the progression of dementia-related diseases for health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, medical assistants and medical students who are or will be caring for people with dementia. The registration fee is $50.

A separate evening, educational program for continuing education credits is also available for physicians and medical professionals.

For more information about the conference, the education program or to register, visit or call (206) 529-3894.

Memorial’s “Can We Talk?” speaker series focuses on Medicare

(Yakima) – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital wants to help you navigate Medicare.

Memorial’s “Can We Talk?” speaker series this month features Rick MacDermid of Solomon Financial Group, who focuses on the 50 and older health and insurance marketplace. As open enrollment begins this month, learn pointers for navigating this complex but crucial program.

The talk will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Harman Senior Center, located at 101 N. 65th Ave.

“Can We Talk?” is a monthly speaker series offering tips to start the difficult conversation about preparing for end of life. Topics to be covered each month include hospice and palliative care, availability of community resources, opportunity for volunteering, veterans programs and more.