Nutrition, Fitness & Wellness

Fiesta de Salud

Fiesta De Salud

Fiesta de Salud started in 2007 and has grown to be the largest community health event in Yakima County. Participants enjoy free screenings, health information booths, activities, and presentations designed to educate the entire family about wellness, prevention and healthy lifestyles. The Fiesta de Salud is a fun filled day with family atmosphere that is enjoyed by thousands each year.

Services and activities

  • Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Cholesterol Screenings at no charge.
  • Safety helmets will be given away to children under age 18 as supplies last. All helmets will be custom fitted by trained volunteers.
  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will host a Dental Care Clinic for children.
  • Participate in family friendly obstacle course, Zumba and other physical activities by Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital
  • Over 50 local community services represented in vender booths.

Interested in participation in Fiesta de Salud as a vendor?

You are invited to join with Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Fiesta Foods, and numerous other healthcare agencies to bring this one-of-a-kind health event to the community. Participation in Fiesta de Salud will offer valuable exposure for your organization and promote your services to over 4,000 community members in Yakima County. There are three participation levels with multiple recognition opportunities and benefits to suit your needs.

2017 Vendor registration is closed. Please contact for 2018 registration.

Farmer's Market at Memorial!

Virginia Mason Memorial hosts a farmers market on Friday's twice a month from June-September. Our Mission is to provide fresh, high-quality, locally produced food to our employees, patients, and visitors. We use this opportunity to educate and inspire the community to improve their wellbeing through healthy eating. Farmers, Prepared Food Vendors, Processed Food Vendors or Artisans are all welcome!

Please contact for an application and guidelines.

Memorial Café Garden

Inspiring people to thrive also means inspiring healthy eating! In 2015, we planted the Memorial Café Garden and have been harvesting the benefits ever since! Next time you visit the Memorial Café, stop in and enjoy the fresh, healthy, locally-harvested produce!

Kohl's Healthy For Life

Because we want you to be healthy for life, Virginia Mason Memorial and Kohl's Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you FREE exercise and cooking classes!

Food for Life: Education Alliance Program

Discover which foods are optimal for weight management and learn how to prepare affordable, low fat foods. Certified instructors prepare delicious and satisfying recipes with opportunity to sample the food while you learn about the nutritional benefits of a plant based diet. Various classes such as Kick start Your Health for Pregnancy and Beyond, Foods for Weight Management and How Foods Fight Diabetes are offered several times per year. Call 509 248-7322 for information on the next available class

Children's Wellness Programs

ACT! Get Up, Get Moving

Ready for a healthy change? Looking for ways to help your child eat well and be more active? ACT! is a healthy lifestyle program for overweight children/teens 8-14 years of age, and their parent/guardian.

ACT! is an evidence based program that models nutrition and physical activity behaviors that your family can put into action right away.

For more information and to sign your child up click here.

Hear what local people have to say about the ACT! Program

Additional healthy resources for raising healthy families here.

Kohl's Cares Hospital Partner

Kohl's partners with more than 160 hospitals nationwide to help educate kids and their parents about topics such as injury prevention, healthy lifestyle, immunization, asthma, and infant care. We support community outreach programs focused on issues affecting kids and work with our hospital partners to tailor the programs based on their community's individual needs.

Kohl's Cares partners with Memorial during the annual Fiesta de Salud health fair and gives away bike helmet and fittings to participants.

Healthy You Fitness

Being active helps you be healthier and stronger - and feel your best - at every age. Getting thirty minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week helps to lower your risk of serious illnesses and improve your mood.

Check out these fitness centers around the Valley!

Meet Joel Buffum, MS ATC ATL

Joel Buffum

Joel specializes in the prevention, assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions. His goal is to be easily accessible to athletes and coaches in need of education, treatment advice, and/or provide proper recommendations to those in need of more advanced medical services. Joel has also been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute. Call Joel at 509 941-5746 or email

Healthy You Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential when it comes to improving health, preventing disease and living well. Maintaining proper portion sizes and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can keep you on the right track. Eating right can be a challenge and so we have many resources available to help you along the way.

Safe Sitter Classes

Has your child been asking to stay home alone while you run errands? Are your neighbors asking if your child can babysit for them? Do they enjoy being with younger children? Do they want to babysit? Are they at least 11 years old? Then maybe it's time for Safe Sitter®.

Memorial has been offering Safe Sitter to the community since, 1995. The mission of Safe Sitter is to provide life skills, safety skills and child care training to all youth in order to build safer communities. Find out how Safe Sitter was started in 1980 by Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A. Keener here.

Safe Sitter is a 1-day course for boys and girls, ages 11-13, where they learn safe and nurturing childcare techniques, behavior management skills, and tips for handling emergencies when caring for children. Students will learn infant and child CPR and choking child rescue, but will not become CPR-certified.

$40.00- Fee includes:

  • 1-day Safe Sitter® Class
  • Safe Sitter® Manual
  • Completion Card

What is Safe Sitter?

Learn more about the Safe Sitter program.

What is Safe Sitter like at Memorial?

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