The Memorial Foundation February Newsletter

Healthy Yakima Initiative

“Six years ago, I started to attend Memorial’s Zumba classes once each week. As a single mother, I had isolated myself and became depressed and had tons of anxiety and gained lots of weight. Through this cost-free program, I slowly gained back my confidence and energy. I gained new friends and lost weight. Three years ago I got certified as a Zumba instructor, then began to teach the Monday classes offered by the Kohl’s Healthy for Life program through Virginia Mason Memorial. I have had the pleasure to not only see a change in myself but also in others. I have witnessed how others have also gained confidence; usually starting in the back of the class and slowly moving to the front with confidence and positive energy. Class participants have come to me and expressed how good they feel about themselves, both physically and emotionally. These classes are great for the community; thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this great program.” Maria Barragan- Yakima WA

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