Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Wear red in support of heart disease prevention in women

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States, one of the easiest diseases to prevent. In an effort to inspire women this year to take better care of their hearts, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's WISEWOMAN program is celebrating National Heart Month in February.

Friday, Feb. 3, is National Wear Red Day. Women are encouraged to wear red to show a pledge to take care of their hearts. Eat red food such as berries, apples, cherries, tomatoes and salmon. Leave red kisses on someone's cheek or dance in red regalia.

During National Heart Month, SEARHC will be hosting several National Wear Red Day celebrations. The events feature heart health educational materials from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Heart Truth campaign, supplied by the Office of Women's Health.

In addition to lobby displays at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, the Juneau Medical Center, the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and the Haines Health Center, SEARHC's Kake and Angoon clinics are organizing their own National Wear Red Day celebrations.

The Juneau WISEWOMAN program will sponsor a special heart-healthy lunch with Doreen Lingley-Naathlang as the speaker at noon on Feb. 3 at the SEARHC Clinic conference rooms. The Juneau WISEWOMAN program will supply greens and grains, while participants should bring red foods such as red apples, red beans, red raspberries and red salmon. For more information on the Juneau lunch, contact Gail Waltzer at 364-4451.

Contact the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program with questions about support and eligibility. For details of specific activities in other SEARHC communities, call 1-888-388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska).

Volunteer advocacy training provided at AWARE in February

AWARE is offering volunteer advocacy training from Feb. 13 to 27. Learn the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, court and hospital advocacy, crisis intervention and peer counseling.

For more information or to register, call Andrea Doll at 586-6623.

Science for Alaska lecture series begins at Centennial Hall

It's time for the annual Science for Alaska lecture series. This year, topics range from bear safety to tsunami preparedness. Lectures will be 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall every Monday during the month of February. The family lectures are free and accompanied by educational displays and demonstrations.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist John Hechtel, University of Alaska Anchorage professor of biology Douglas Causey, Geophysical Institute research analyst Elena Suleimani and Geophysical Institute professor of geophysics Hans Nielsen will present.

For more information on all lectures and presenters in the 2006 Science for Alaska lecture series, visit

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