Kate Sansom was the guest on KIT. She was talking about our children’s wellness programs.
Children’s wellness programs at Memorial
It’s a new year and a great time to renew commitments to health and wellness. At Memorial, we are committed to creating a healthy Yakima for all – including our children.
Why are children’s wellness programs a priority for Memorial?
- The obesity epidemic is well documented and we know that the implications of this are not good. A study by an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan found:
- Overweight kids are less likely to pursue education beyond a high school diploma
- They are more likely to be teased or suffer discrimination, they feel inferior.
- This is in addition to the health complications they face: type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease.
- Other communities in the state are looking at what they can do to stop the progression of this epidemic.
- As a healthcare leader in this community, Memorial has made it a priority to address this issue by creating and offering wellness programs.
- We certainly aren’t doing this alone and are really proud of the collaborations that have been formed.
What are the programs Memorial offers?
- ACT! Actively Changing Together
- This is a new program we’ll be launching later this month in partnership with the Yakima YMCA and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.
- This program was developed by Seattle Children’s Hospital.
- Generous support provided by Sage Fruit and the Safeway Foundation
- It’s designed to bring children, ages 8 to 14, and their parents together to receive nutrition and physical fitness education with a goal of making sustainable lifestyle changes.
- It’s a 12 week program. We’ll be following up with participants to see how it impacted their lives.
- Kickin’ it with Kohl’s & Memorial
- This program launched in the fall in partnership with the Yakima Youth Soccer Association and Kohl’s Department Store.
- The goal of the program is to provide health education that focuses on injury prevention, nutrition, healthy eating habits, exercise, physical fitness and positive developmental psychology.
- During the fall and spring seasons, Kohl’s associates help our health educators distribute materials and healthy snacks at the games.
- We also offer a special session for coaches that cover injury prevention.
- All of this is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from Kohl’s Cares
- Safe Sitter
- This is a two day training course we offer in the summer for boys and girls, ages 11-13.
- We teach safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills and how to handle emergencies. We also cover infant and child CPR.
- We offer several sessions and it’s a popular course. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be offering it again this summer. We’ll announce dates in the spring.
- Ongoing Health Education outreach
- Community health events throughout the year
- Our educators demonstrate to kids what’s in the food they like so much such as sugar and fat content.
For more information contact Kate Sansom at 509-225-3179 or KateSansom@yvmh.org