SEARHC holds high-visibility jacket drawing to encourage people to be active and bright this fall

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Health Promotion Program is holding a drawing for six high-visibility jackets to encourage Sitka residents to be active and bright this fall.

The drawings for the six high-visibility jackets (similar to the one in the photo above) take place on Monday, Nov. 4. Sitka residents can enter at the Sitka Public Library, Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop, the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, Tongass Threads, Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, and Blatchley Middle School.

Being safe and seen is critical for anybody walking or biking during the winter, and having a high-visibility jacket with reflective tape on it can help improve your safety while allowing you to stay active. Click this link to read more about the importance of being safe and seen, and how you can order free reflective tape from the Center for Safe Alaskans.

For more information about the high-visibility jacket drawings in Sitka, contact SEARHC health educator Doug Osborne at 966-8674 or

SEARHC to host Fit Happens Step Challenge for Southeast Alaska walkers in August

Are you a Southeast Alaska walker who tries to get your 10,000 steps in every day? Are you interested in a challenge that might help you reach that goal?

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) health promotion program is hosting the Fit Happens Step Challenge during the month of August, and walkers can shoot for 100,000 or 200,000 steps during the month. If you meet your weekly goals, you might even win prizes.

How do you participate? Go to to register and download your step trackers. Then email your weekly step counts over the weekend to your local site leader, so you’re entered before each week’s drawing at noon on Monday (drawings start Monday, Aug. 12). There are weekly prizes for each division (100,000 steps and 200,000 steps), and a grand prize drawing at the end of the challenge.

“This is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and build a new healthy habit,” Sitka health educator Heleena Van Veen said.

If you want to do more than walk, the step tracker sheets include step conversions for other healthy activities, such as gardening or cycling.

For more information, contact these local site leaders:

  • Haines – Pam Sloper | 907.766.6367 | pams@searhcorg
  • Juneau – Hannah Schlosstein | 907.364.4404 |
  • Kake – Monique Ybarra | 907.785.6514|
  • Klukwan – Joanne Spudd | 907.766.6319 |
  • Prince of Wales – Kelsey Evans | 907.755.4995 |
  • Sitka – Heleena van Veen | 907.966.8914 |
  • Wrangell – Hannah Schlosstein | 907.364.4404 |

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

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

SEARHC to host Sitka Walk For Life on Saturday, April 15

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Suicide Prevention and Domestic Violence Prevention Programs will host the Sitka Walk For Life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

This event starts at the Crescent Harbor Shelter and ends at the Sheet’ká Kwáan Naa Kahídi, where there will be a potluck, drumming and dancing by the Mount Edgecumbe High School Yup’ik Dancers, Sheet’ká Kwáan Dancers and the Haa Toowu Litseen Group.

In addition, there will be guest speakers and raffle drawings. Other groups participating in the event include Youth Advocates for Sitka, Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV), SEARHC Behavioral Health, and SEARHC Health Promotion.

For more information, contact Lanore Hahn at

SEARHC Health Promotion to host lunchtime walking group for heart health


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