Anchorage Health Education

The Anchorage-based health education department consists of health educators, program coordinators, administrative support personnel, and a management team. Together, the team partners customer-owners, family members, primary health care providers, and other community organizations to help customer-owners make healthy choices in their daily lives. These services include group learning circles, support group gatherings, educational workshops (including online offerings), special health events, individualized health coaching, cooking classes, educational events, bingo, and much more. The team also creates health-relates social campaigns, educational videos, and hosts regular public events in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center.  The department operates a number of federal, state, and private health related grants, and travels regularly to villages serviced by Southcentral Foundation to conduct local health events. Team members also provide program services and learning circles for area community partners, such as the Covenant House, Cook Inlet Native Head Start, and the Alaska Native Charter School.

Contact Us

Health Education
Mt. Marathon Building
4201 Tudor Centre Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 729-2689

6:15 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

The Anchorage health education department provides

Health Coaching

Health coaching and wellness tools are available through the My AK Wellness online fitness portal and mobile app. It features personalized meal planning and recipes, exercise plans and videos, fitness tracking, educational workshops, plus monthly themed healthy habit challenges with health incentives.

Monthly Wellness Activities Calendar

Health education monthly wellness activities calendar features all activities, learning circles, and special events, plus a recipe of the month and the healthy habit monthly challenge.

Click here to view the calendar, or click here to download it.

Lose to Win Weight Loss Program

The Lose to Win weight loss program is an evidenced-based weight management program that focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The primary goal of Lose to Win is to help improve your overall health. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight.  Lost to Win provides all the essential tools needed to help reach your weight loss goal and keep it off. Healthy eating habits and physical activity are the keys to success. Participants who attend Lose to Win and meet their goals can also win an array of healthy incentives, such as healthy cookbooks, table top grills, blenders, food steamers, serving ware, exercise balls, gym bags, food processors, and more! Health educators, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavior health consultants facilitate this program. Lose to Win also features health coaching to support and guide you along the way.

Learn more here.

Quit Tobacco Program

Choosing to quit tobacco is one of the best choices you can make for your health. While it is not an easy thing to do, many people have quit tobacco through the program. We offer tobacco counseling in an individual or group setting, with extensive health coaching.

We will help you learn the skills you need to quit tobacco for life. Our tobacco educators can provide you with the tools and resources to help you be successful, including access to nicotine replacement therapy and other quit aids. If you have any questions about quitting, please talk to your primary care provider or one of our tobacco educators.

Click here to learn more.

Diabetes Education Program

Diabetes Education Class

Discover ways to manage your diabetes and enjoy living a healthy life. The Diabetes Education program features a monthly diabetes education class that is hosted by a certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. At the class, you will learn about:

  • Interpreting blood sugar readings
  • Planning healthy meals for you and your family
  • Incorporating exercise into your daily life
  • Coping with stress
  • Choosing treatment options and talking with your doctor
  • Finding the right kind of support

The class dates and time vary, and lunch is provided. You will need to pre-register for the class by calling health education at (907) 729-2689.

The Diabetes Support Group

This popular support group is focused on helping participants with diabetes live and enjoy a healthy life. The support group meets on the first Monday of each month and participants share stories in a positive setting with group support. They learn ways to manage their diabetes from each other and from the professional guest speakers. This group is open to the public and a healthy lunch is served.

Healthy Heart Education

Healthy Heart Bingo is offered every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center.

Healthy Habits Education

Healthy habits weekly events are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center main lobby. In addition, Healthy Habits Bingo is every other Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the ANPCC.

Elders Wellness Program

The program features weekly nutrition and health education activities at the Elders Program location.

Childbirth Learning Circles

Weekly classes are available on the following topics:

  • Understanding Pregnancy
  • Birthing Basics

Online childbirth classes are also available.

Please contact health education at (907) 729-2689 to register for these classes.

Click here to learn more.

Toddler Time

Weekly learning circle for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Featuring Zumbini and other fun educational activities, such as singing, dancing, and crafts for little fingers. Refreshments are served.

Snuggle Time

Weekly learning circle for infants and their parents or caregivers, guided support and education on newborn care, breastfeeding, and other related topics.

Dinner Makes a Difference

A parenting and nutrition skills learning event to encourage families to have a meal together at least five times a week. Offered every Friday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, it features healthy cooking with tasty sample as well as how to shop healthy on a budget, cook quick and easy family meals, get the kids involved with mealtime prep, and increased family communication. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome.

Cancer Support

The power of hope cancer and education social group features a monthly cancer support group luncheon with activities, support, social connecting, and education. When cancer touches your life or that of a loved one, it’s important to have a network of friends to help. The power of hope social group is a place to find support and discover healthy ways to manage living with and surviving cancer. Professionals will be there to talk about a variety of important topics like nutrition and meal planning, exercise options, cancer prevention options, risk factors, early detection, gene counseling, coping with stress, choosing the right treatment options, and more. This popular program also provides a health lunch, which is open to the public, and held on the last Monday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mt. Marathon Building.

Click here to learn more.

My AK Wellness

Southcentral Foundation understands one health and wellness plan does not always fit everyone’s needs. My AK Wellness was chosen specifically for adult customer-owners and employees to customize their own health and wellness plans. As a free resource, My AK Wellness provides a website and mobile phone app designed to help achieve fitness and wellness goals. After signing up, customers can:

  • Track food and exercise
  • Log health and information such as weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol
  • Sync an activity tracker (e.g, Garmin, Fitbit, etc) and upload achievements such as daily steps, etc.
  • Participate in monthly healthy habits wellness challenges to improve health and win prizes
  • Create personalized healthy meal plans with shopping lists
  • Create workout routines (complete with follow along videos)
  • Find healthy recipes from the Dinner Makes a Difference program
  • Talk with a dietitian or health coach
  • Take a health-related educational workshop on a wide variety of topics
  • and more!

Coming soon to the My AK Wellness Portal in 2018:

  • A pilot of the new online version of the Lose to Win weight loss program
  • The diabetes education program will have a featured workshop
  • Dinner Makes a Difference cooking videos

Click here to learn more.

Mt. Marathon Store

The Mt. Marathon Store is conveniently located just off the main lobby of the Mt. Marathon building at 4201 Tudor Centre Drive. Kaladi Brothers Coffee is available, along with healthy snacks, fresh food, and a variety of healthy beverages. In addition to the healthy food options, the store offers a selection of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements to support your health and well-being.

Browse other wellness-relates items, such as:

  • Exercise products, such as stability balls, stretch bands, and yoga mats
  • Athletic shirts, gym socks, and towels
  • Healthy cookbooks
  • Personal hygiene products, such as deodorant, shampoo, and sundries
  • Maternal child health product and supplies for new moms
  • High-quality supplements
  • Alaska Native art cards

Open Monday through Fridays, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on these healthy education department activities and programs, as well as specific schedules, please click on the links above, or contact the health education department at (907) 729-2689. We look forward to walking with you on your wellness journey.

Calendar of Events
My AK Wellness
HED Facebook
Pinterest Page