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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Widowed Persons Program holds holiday program Thursday

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JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program is sponsoring a holiday program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mendenhall Valley library conference room.

This program, entitled "Caring for Yourself During the Holidays," is designed to help you navigate through the holiday season following the death of a loved one. Presenters will be Jamie McLean and Debbie Sis, grief facilitator.

For more information, contact Sue at 586-6424 or, or Sandy at 789-0355.

Reiki and healing touchworkshop to be held today

JUNEAU - There will be a reiki and healing touch workshop at 4 p.m. today at the Best Western Country Lane Inn, 9300 Glacier Highway.

Reiki and healing touch are both healing methods. The universal energy flowing through one's hands is placed on specific points of the body. One can place the hands either on oneself or on another person or on an animal, such as pets.

Reiki and healing touch are believed to produce well-being and relaxation, while soothing pain. They are often used as precaution against illness.

Reiki and healing touch are supplementary to other alternative therapies like accupressure and massage. In many countries, doctors and nurses are applying it when treating their patients.

For more information, call Ilse at (800) 478-2345, Room 224, or (907) 766-3111.

Sitka EmployeeWellness Coalition to meet on Nov. 15

SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

The coalition's monthly meeting is part of a series of follow-up sessions for the local business, tribal, governmental and non-profit entities that took part in the Working Well in Alaska employee wellness training in September. Meetings are free and open to the public, including organizations that weren't able to participate in Working Well in Alaska.

The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition is a community-wide organization promoting workplace wellness in Sitka. It is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Sitka Community Hospital and the SEARHC Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne of SEARHC at 966-8734 or Jennifer Spriggel of Sitka Community Hospital's Mountainside Family Health Care at 747-0313.

SEARHC celebrates 31st Annual Great American Smokeout

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium tobacco prevention program will celebrate the 31st annual Great American Smokeout with the launch of a new collaborative program between SEARHC and Sitka Community Hospital to provide tobacco cessation services for all Sitka residents. SEARHC also will celebrate the Great American Smokeout, which takes place on Thursday with informational events at several SEARHC facilities throughout the region.

The new collaborative program provides up to three months of free nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum or lozenges) to help with withdrawal symptoms. It includes coaching by a trained SEARHC tobacco treatment specialist. People wanting to use this service can call the program directly or they can be referred by their health care provider.

The new program will launch with a "cold turkey" luncheon at noon Thursday at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom, featuring free turkey sandwiches and other goodies.

In addition to the events in Sitka, there will be several Great American Smokeout celebrations at SEARHC facilities throughout the region. In Juneau, an information table will be up from Nov. 9-23 in the clinic lobby at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center, with refreshments from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Informational tables also will be set up in the lobbies of the SEARHC Haines Health Center, the SEARHC Kake Health Center, the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and the SEARHC Angoon Health Center.

For more information and help quitting tobacco, call the SEARHC tobacco prevention program during regular business hours at (907) 966-8721 or toll-free within Alaska at (888) 966-8875. The Alaska Tobacco Quit Line also offers free support and nicotine replacement therapy. The Alaska Quit Line can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (888) 842-7848.

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