SEARHC to host Healthy Lifestyle Sessions starting Oct. 2

Learn how healthy eating and physical activity, such as walking, can help you lose weight and gain better health. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program will host a series of 12 free Healthy Lifestyle Sessions from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 18.

These sessions are open to all community members, and will include information about evidence-based activities that support life-long changes. Participants must be 18 years or older.

For more information, contact Heleena van Veen at 966-8914 or heleenav@searhc.org.

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SEARHC to host weekly lunch-time hikes at Sitka National Historical Park in September

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion program will hold weekly lunch-time hikes at Sitka National Historical Park during the month of September. SEARHC’s September Walking Club will meet from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays to hike the totem trails.

The September Walking Club program is open to everybody in the community. Participants will receive a free pedometer to track their steps, a water bottle, and a lot of fun.

For more information, contact Heleena van Veen at 966-8914 or heleenav@searhc.org

SEARHC launches Southeast Wellness in Action fitness program in August

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is launching the Southeast Wellness in Action fitness program, which takes place from Aug. 1-27 in several communities throughout the region.

The goal of the program is for people to get at least 30 minutes of healthy, physical activity each day during August. Participants are encouraged to walk, bike, swim, hike, dance, mow the lawn, play children’s games, garden, gather subsistence food, chop wood, etc., just get moving. There are 1,440 minutes in a day, so make 30 of them active.

Participants can register by going to http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/wellness-in-action or contacting their local SEARHC Health Educator (in Sitka, contact Heleena vanVeen at 966-8914 or heleenav@searhc.org) between July 17-28. The program also is available in Juneau, Kake, Klukwan, Klawock/Craig, and Haines (click this link for local contacts and program information). Participants will submit a weekly activity log to their local contact by noon on Monday to be included in weekly drawings for prizes.

SEARHC Health Promotion to launch walking program on National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program will host a short one-mile walk at noon on Wednesday, May 3, at the SEARHC Short-term Housing Parking Lot in Sitka to launch its May Walking GroupĀ on National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association as a way to remind people about the unhealthy implications of sitting too long and the need for healthy physical activity.

For more information, contact SEARHC Health Educator Heleena Van Veen at 966-8914 or heleenav@searhc.org.

SEARHC Health Promotion to host lunchtime walking group for heart health

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searhc-logo-rgb-150-webThe SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program is hosting a lunchtime healthy lifestyle walking program from 12:15-12:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the main entrance of Sitka National Historical Park. This walking program was launched in celebration of American Heart Month in February.

Heart disease is the leading killer for men and women in the United States, and one in every four deaths each year is related to heart disease. Walking and similar healthy physical activity is a good way to reduce your risk for heart disease.

We’re “just trying to encourage physical activity for a healthy heart,” SEARHC Health Educator Heleena Van Veen said. The free walking program is open to all, and there is no target age group. For more information, contact Heleena at 966-8914 or heleena.vanveen@searhc.org.