Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, November 07, 2003

Litter cleanup to be held Saturday

MADD supporters are invited from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 8, to pick up litter along MADD's adopted section of Glacier Highway, between Kmart and the Costco turnoff.

Safety vests and garbage bags will be provided at the Kmart entrance. Coffee and doughnuts will also be provided. For more information, call MADD at 463-2562.

SEARHC receives $25,000 donation

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Foundation has received the first major contribution for its 2004 fund drive, which was donated by Wells Fargo Bank Alaska. Michelle Nelson, assistant vice president of Wells Fargo Bank Alaska, personally handed a $25,000 check to Joseph E. Kahklen, chairman of the SEARHC Foundation board in Anchorage.

The SEARHC Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for basic health care needs for Southeast Alaska's Native population. The foundation uses the funds to help SEARHC patients obtain durable medical equipment, patient escort travel and pharmaceutical needs that are not normally covered by SEARHC and would otherwise be unavailable. To date, patients from more than a dozen Southeast Alaska communities have received assistance from the SEARHC Foundation, totaling over $27,250.

Forum focuses on cancer, prevention

The 2003 Women's Health Forum, "Celebrating Women's Strengths: Motivations for Change," will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Hall. A free lunch will be provided.

This year's forum has a dual focus: cancer risk and prevention together with an emphasis on motivations for lifestyle change. Guest speakers are Jeanne Roche and Steven Malcom Berg-Smith. Roche is the director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program for the State of Alaska Division of Public Health/Epidemiology. She is also the manager for the Alaska Cancer Registry. The second speaker, Berg-Smith, is a Kaiser Permanente project manager in Regional Health Education for Northern California.

The forum will provide presentations by nutritionists and cancer survivors, as well as question and answer sessions throughout the day. The free lunch will feature a menu selected and prepared to demonstrate healthful foods that taste good.

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