Golf Evaluation and Training

“There is not one most efficient way to swing a golf club, it’s dependent on the limitation of the body for each individual. If you can take steps to improve your power, efficiency and reduce injuries, you can improve your golf game overall.” Joel Buffum , MS, ATC AT-L Titleist Performance Institute certified.

Good News! Our recent advertisement for Memorial’s Golf Evaluation and Training incorrectly listed the program cost as $375.  The price of our TPI 1.5 hour screening and follow up corrective session is only $250.  Learn how you can take advantage of this program and improve your golf swing at

Health and Fitness Event Celebrates Women’s Health Month


One in two women age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. 60,000 deaths each year can be directly attributed to complications from osteoporosis, which claims more lives than breast, prostate and cervical cancer each year.

In honor of Women’s Health Month, women in the Yakima Valley can learn more about their own bone health and about women’s health overall with no-cost osteoporosis screenings, bone density scan information and more at Healthy Women – Informed & Empowered, a women’s health event Wednesday evening, May 4, at Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop.

That evening, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., a panel of medical experts will speak on a variety of women’s health topics. Also offered is a free 30-minute yoga class, 5:30 to 6 p.m.

There will be door prizes and other fun events. The event is no cost to the public.

For more information contact Juanita Silva at 509-225-3178 or

Get fit, have fun at Spring Fling in Franklin Park

Family-friendly event April 30 includes obstacle course, health information

Spring is here, and it’s time to get your family outside and moving again!

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital will ensure your family is active at its Spring Fling into Fitness and Wellness event on Saturday, April 30. It’s a fun, family-friendly event intended to teach you some health and fitness tips.

Parents are encouraged to participate and work together with their children to complete the ultimate obstacle course, with over 20 obstacles of physical challenges. There also will be nutrition and fitness information, so come prepared to pick up some wellness tips and leave with plans for improving your lifestyle.

There’s no charge and no registration required, but please wear appropriate clothing – no sandals or flip-flops. The event is sponsored by Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and Kohl’s Cares.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Yakima’s Franklin Park, 2101 Tieton Dr.

For more information, visit or call Juanita Silva at 225-3178.

Johnson Orchards and Yakima artists to raise funds for Children’s Village

On Saturday, August 29th local artists will set up shop among the trees at Johnson Orchards to raise money for Children’s Village.

All donations and 20% of sales go to support programs and services for children with special healthcare needs in our community.

Buy some art and support Children’s Village!

When: Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10am – 4pm

Where: Johnson Orchards, 4906 Summitview Avenue

For more information please contact Mary Lynne Brewington at 509-574-3257 or email at or

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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.