September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. According to the State of Alaska Division of Public Health: one in every three Alaska kids is overweight or obese; obese children are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than children who are not obese; obese children and adults are more likely to suffer from chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers during their lifetimes.
Southcentral Foundation’s Native Men’s Wellness Program supports men dedicated to changing their circumstances by embracing a new level of accountability, determined and set by individual participants.
Alaska Native people know that traditional ways of healing are effective. For years, Southcentral Foundation has explored the traditional wisdom of Elders and studied the healing approaches that Alaska Native people have practiced for generations.
Thanks to an innovative partnership between Catholic Social Services, Alaska Regional, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and SCF, increased health care and respite services are now available at Brother Francis Shelter.