"Within a week after starting the Food for Life cooking class, we were already feeling amazing; our energy levels went through the roof, digestion improved greatly, and there was a general feeling of well-being. It was clear we had been given a great gift."
Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation help fund many programs to promote health and wellness.
Diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness, childhood obesity prevention, and a program for individuals who suffer from chronic illness are just some of the programs and classes that are supported through your philanthropic gifts.
Last year nearly 400 people participated in the diabetes prevention program at Virginia Mason Memorial. Through the 28 classes conducted during the year, class participants lost a total of 4,224 pounds...well on their journey to wellness!
Grant funding is providing the opportunity for the expansion of Virginia Mason Memorial's ACT! Get Up, Get Moving! Childhood Obesity Program. This program was expanded to include an additional 120 children in the Lower Yakima Valley, in addition to the 183 children and parents currently served each year in the Upper Yakima Valley. Funding will also be used to expand Memorial's Healthy For Life program, a community-based, drop-in fitness, exercise and healthy eating program that is offered at no cost to participants and takes place at many different locations throughout our community.
Instructors lead exercise activities such as yoga, Zumba, fitness boot camps and cooking classes, which will now include 100 classes specifically for children.
There is a great need for both of these programs, as obesity and diabetes rates in Yakima County are among the highest in the state.