SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Heart Healthy Month on Saturday, Feb. 2

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Heart Healthy Month on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds benefit the city‘s Electrical Department Fund, which provides relief to lower-income residents who need help paying their utility bills.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Lesa Way by email at lesaw@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8804 or 738-3924.

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SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host Run for Hames Center’s Wellness Fund on Saturday, Jan. 5

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the Run for Hames Center’s Wellness Fund on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. race start at the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Facility. The cost of the five-kilometer race and two-mile walk is a donation of $10. Proceeds benefit the Hames Center‘s Wellness Fund, which helps create programs for those managing chronic health problems, those with limited means, and those with other needs.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event on the first Saturday of every month, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Lesa Way by email at lesaw@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8804 or 738-3924.

New healthy walking trail available on SEARHC campus

There’s a new walking trail on the Sitka campus of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC).

“The SEARHC walking trail was created as a way to increase opportunities for physical activity for SEARHC employees, patients, and visitors,” SEARHC Health Educator III Holly Marban said.

The 0.4-mile-long trail is built on top of a gravel bed, so there is surer footing for walkers when the nearby sidewalks are icy. The trail’s construction was assisted by Troy’s Excavation.

Walkers can access the trail from near the parking lot for the SEARHC Community Health Services building on the lower part of the campus. You’ll find the entrance to the trail next to the 20mph sign on the road connecting the lower part of the campus to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital.

From there the trail takes walkers through the woods (note, part of the trail is next to the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka housing complex, which is off limits to non-Coast Guard personnel). After wandering through the woods, the trail ends on the side of the SEARHC Patient Housing complex (the far side away from Mount Edgecumbe Hospital). The red line on the satellite map gives you a rough idea of where the trail goes.

At this point, the trail does not have an official name, Marban said.

Join Walk Sitka’s 2019 team in the APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge

Are you a regular walker, one who uses a pedometer or fitness app to track your daily step count? Then join the Walk Sitka team in the American Public Health Association‘s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, a national event that runs from Jan. 1 through April 7, 2019. The contest ends after National Public Health Week (April 1-7).

This event is free, and the competition helps motivate people to get out and do more walking. Many people set a goal to walk 10,000 steps a day, and that adds up over the contest that lasts just a bit longer than three months.

In 2017, Walk Sitka only had one person walking (Charles Bingham), but he recorded more than half-a-million steps while averaging about 8,500 a day (finishing in the top 60 teams). Last year, we had two people walking (Karen Hegyi and Charles Bingham), and Walk Sitka recorded more than 2.8 million steps (an average of 14,655 steps a day) to finish fourth overall. There was one other identifiable Alaska team in last year’s Billion Steps Challenge — Anchorage Public Health DHHS — which recorded more than 14.5 million steps but only had an average of 3,529 steps per day to finish 176th overall. There were 400 teams in the 2018 event, who totaled more than 2.2 billion steps.

To sign up, click this link and register using the code APHA2019. Once you’re registered, you should be directed to this link. Click on the View All Teams link, then scroll toward the bottom to find the Walk Sitka logo. Then click the Join Team button and you’re in.

The challenge uses a website called MoveSpring, which links to a variety of fitness apps for automatic registration of steps. But if you’re old school and use a pedometer clipped to your belt, there is a link so you can manually enter your steps.

SEARHC, Stride 365 co-host 22nd annual WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 3

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and Run Sitka’s Stride 365 program will co-host the 22nd annual WhaleFest Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Runners should meet at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. race start at Whale Park, 2500 Sawmill Creek Road. The cost of the five-kilometer and 10K races is $5, and the two-mile walk is free. Proceeds benefit the Sitka Sound Science Center and Sitka WhaleFest. Please park at the Thimbleberry Trail parking lot or along the sidewalk to Whale Park.

Pre-registration is available from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Registration also is available online at http://www.sitkawhalefest.org. The WhaleFest Fun Run t-shirts and medals for first through third places are donated by SEARHC.

Each month SEARHC and Run Sitka (#runsitka) host a Stride 365 event, with proceeds going to a different charity in Sitka. For more information, please contact Lesa Way by email at lesaw@searhc.org, or by phone at 966-8804 or 738-3924.

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.

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