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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

Employee wellness group honors program

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SITKA - Juneau's Health Yourself Program was awarded the Well Workplace of the Month award for January by the city's Employee Wellness Coalition. The award recognizes a Juneau organization's effort in promoting employee wellness at work sites.

The Health Yourself Program is one of the state's oldest work site health promotion programs and is run by coordinator Natasha Petrofsky. It represents 800 employees in 23 buildings throughout Juneau.

The program has offered health assessments, education and special events to promote health and fitness among city employees and covered dependents. It is aimed at helping city employees reduce their health risks.

"This program provides an excellent example of a successful, sustainable program," said Carol White, program manager for the state's Alaska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program and one of the coordinators for the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition.

The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition is a communitywide organization created as a followup to September's Well Workplace University. The coalition is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Alaska Division of Public Health and the Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program.

The coalition's next meeting is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the state's Department of Environmental Conservation building. The meetings are open to businesses and other organizations that want to share their experiences in implementing the Wellness Councils of America's Steps to Success.

Steps to Success gives a "road map" to businesses that want to develop and implement effective work site health promotion programs.

For more information on the Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition, contact Evelyn Williams of the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier SE Alaska program at 364-4454 or Carol White at the state's Alaska Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program at 465-8670.

Bookkeeping class offered on Jan. 31

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present "Keeping the Books for Small Business" on Wednesday. Participants will learn about basic accounting methods and systems, keeping books current, filing requirements, record retention and how good bookkeeping records are used by owners and managers to make important business decisions.

The class is from 6 to 9 p.m. in the conference room on the third floor of the Juneau Empire building. Registration is required in advance by calling 463-3789. The cost is $25, but scholarships are available for low-income participants.

The center offers free, confidential business counseling for new, aspiring and established business owners. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact 463-3789 or e-mail

Economic council hires 3 new staffers

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council has hired three staffers for its SpringBoard technology transfer program, it was announced Wednesday.

SpringBoard is a partnership between the council and the U.S. Defense Department. The statewide program helps transfer and commercialize defense technology, including research, inventions, patents and laboratory facilities.

The new staff members are Adam Fisher, who recently joined the council from Washington, D.C.; Mary Hakala of Juneau, the K-12 education coordinator for SpringBoard; and Rollo Pool, director of communications who has worked in Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka.

"We're glad to have these three on our team. There are now seven of us working on this new program," said Lance Miller, the council's executive director. "SpringBoard also is developing an initiative to enhance science and math education in grades K-12."

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