Honoring Women’s Health Week

Southcentral Foundation Health Education hosted a booth in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby during Women’s Health Week, offering a different activity each day.

Women’s Health Week, held this year on May 14 – 18, is an annual observance to encourage women to make their health a priority. Getting screened, staying active, eating healthy, managing stress, avoiding unhealthy behaviors, and taking time for oneself are all key factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

During Women’s Health Week, Southcentral Foundation Health Education held a number of events in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center lobby. These included a Know Your Numbers station, spring traditional plant harvesting, and mom’s quick and easy dinners with Instant Pots. Other events included Dinner Makes a Difference and a card making station for Mother’s Day.

Part of staying healthy includes knowing some important health numbers such as risk factors for chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. This also includes knowing your blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and body weight or body mass index. At the Know Your Numbers station, participants had their blood pressure and blood glucose taken. They were encouraged to make an action plan and talk with their primary care provider about their results and how eating healthier and regular exercise can help prevent chronic illnesses. In addition, participants learned about the many learning circles that can help them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. Those services include Dinner Makes a Difference, the Diabetes Education program, the Lose to Win program, and the group exercise classes offered at the Mt. Marathon Building. To find out more information on any of these activities, visit the health education or physical therapy and exercise page on southcentralfoundation.com.

To help customer-owners get ready to harvest traditional plants, health education hosted an activity booth with information on how to appropriately harvest and use some of the most popular plants. Devil’s club is used in making salves; spruce tips are edible and high in vitamin C; fiddlehead ferns are edible and high in vitamin A; and nettles are edible and high in vitamin A, B, and C. Attendees also had an opportunity to talk with health educators about harvesting tips and special recipes.

If you have any questions regarding your health, contact your primary care provider at (907) 729-3300 or contact health education at (907) 729-2689 for questions regarding healthy activities.

by Riley Stewman

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