Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2007

KTKU hosts fourth Country Cares

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Radio station KTKU will host its fourth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon March 1 and 2. The radiothon raises money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the world's premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

Last year, Country Cares raised nearly $30 million in pledges nationwide and KTKU helped contribute to that total, thanks to generous, local listeners.

For more information, call (800) 822-6344 or visit or

Mobile mammograms travel Southeast

The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the tentative Spring 2007 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

The mobile mammography van will visit Kake on April 23-25, Haines on May 1-11, Angoon on May 21-23, Skagway on June 1-5 and Yakutat on June 13-18. In the late summer and fall, the van will visit Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Prince of Wales Island and Metlakatla.

The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms for all women ages 40-64 who meet income and insurance guidelines.

For more information, contact your local clinic; call (907) 966-8782 in Sitka or (888) 388-8782, toll-free in Alaska; or send e-mail to

Strength-training to start March 6

Dr. Sonja Koukel and Helen Idzorek, of Cooperative Extension, will teach an eight-week strength-training program from March 5 to April 26. Classes will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Fitness Essentials, 2348 Glacier Ave.

Classes are for men and women to stay physically active and help reduce the risks of osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating the growth of muscles and bones.

The cost is $48. Payment is due at the time of registration. Register at Cooperative Extension Service, 3032 Vintage Blvd., Suite 104. Call 465-8749 for more information.

Diabetes Support Group hosts speaker

As part of its "Learning to Live Healthy With Diabetes" series, the Juneau Diabetes Support Group will host guest speaker, Anne Whitis, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the SEARHC-WIC Classroom, on the first floor of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Dental Building.

Whitis is a physical therapist for the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center. Her talk is titled "Diabetes and Physical Fitness." She will discuss benefits, excuses and how to get started.

For more information, contact SEARHC Community/Diabetes Dietitian Christy Wallace at 364-4457 or by e-mail at The meeting will be co-facilitated by Emma Widmark, retired home economist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

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