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SEARHC offers free food discussions in Angoon

Posted: January 15, 2012 - 1:03am

ANGOON — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will offer a pair of free discussions about food and healthy cooking at lunch Jan. 17 and 18 at the Angoon Senior Center.

SEARHC Community Dietitian II Kari Natwick, RD, LD, CLEC, will be in Angoon for medical nutrition therapy appointments at the Jessie Norma Jim Health Center. While she is in Angoon, Natwick will stop by the Angoon Senior Center to offer a lunchtime discussion on Tuesday about cooking with your slow cooker. On Wednesday, she will lead a game of food bingo.

In Tuesday’s presentation about slow cookers, Natwick will provide tips on how to use slow cookers to make easy and healthy meals. She also will provide ideas and recipes for the whole family. Wednesday’s food bingo game will provide a fun way to learn about traditional foods. Van rides home will be provided to elders attending the discussion, and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the presentations, contact SEARHC Angoon Elder Care Resource Coordinator Dan Johnson at 788-4637 or contact Kari Natwick in Juneau at 364-4460.

The Juneau Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee (YAC) is recently announced its donations to Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s Outdoor Recreation and Community Access (ORCA) program and to the Teen Choice program.

YAC chose to grant $4,150 to ORCA, which will be used to purchase biking equipment and provide scholarships for youth with disabilities to participate in ORCA activities. ORCA “offers year round recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing, geo-caching and other exciting outdoor pursuits. The program allows individuals to experience the spectacular wilderness we live in, build confidence, learn life skills, and develop healthy lifestyles,” said Kate Walters, ORCA’s Program Director.

Additionally, YAC granted Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest’s Teen Council program $2,500 to help provide start-up funding for Juneau Teen Council. If the program meets criteria set forth by the YAC members, it will grant an additional $2,500 to Teen Council. Teen Council addresses teen health and high-risk behaviors, including unsafe sexual activities and unhealthy personal relationships by training it’s teen members to educate their peers.

For more information about YAC or the Juneau Community Foundation, please contact Amy Skilbred at 523-5450, or visit JCF on the web at www.juneaucf.org.

The Hoonah Fun and Fit Partnership will sponsor a Raven Eagle Walking Challenge during the month of February. Research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health.

Registration and official start of this program will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the Hoonah ANB. Participants can help their teams win prizes, build stamina, burn excess calories and strengthen their hearts.

This program will last 4 weeks. The first 75 to sign up will receive a free pedometer.

Everyone is invited to participate. Extra points will be given to those who attend the weekly challenge events and registration night.

For more information contact Candy Keown or Sarah Lampe at Hoonah Indian Association. Organizers have said, “This event starts February 1st, so don’t be shy, give it a try!”

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