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 such as the Covenant House, Cook Inlet Native Head Start, and the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School 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-related 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.

Contact Us

Health Education
4201 Tudor Centre Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Phone
(907) 729-2689

Hours
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

The Anchorage Health Education department provides the following learning circles:

Health coaching and wellness tools are available through My AK Wellness and one-on-one with health educators. Features include personalized meal planning and recipes, exercise plans and videos, fitness tracking, and educational workshops.

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 is an evidence-based diabetes prevention program that focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The goal is to teach participants how they can improve their overall health. Health educators, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral health consultants work together to facilitate the curriculum. The facilitators address the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. They honor everyone’s unique journey through health coaching to support and guide you along the way. Participants who attend have an opportunity to win an array of healthy incentives such as healthy cookbooks, cookware, serving ware, small exercise equipment, and more!

Learn more about Lose to Win here!

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 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

Class dates and times vary, lunch is provided, and registration is required. Please call the diabetes program coordinator at (907) 729-8749 to register.

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.

Health Education hosts weekly activities at SCF’s Elder Program. The curriculum and activities are designed to provide health and nutrition education that honor Elder customer-owners and cultural traditions. Participation is limited to customer-owners that participate at SCF’s Elder Program.

Learn more about the Elder Program here!

Health Education offers classes for customer-owners to learn more about pregnancy and birthing. Participants are welcome to bring a support person with them to class. Pre-registration is required. There is an online course available.

Please contact Health Education at (907) 729-2698 to register. Click here to learn more about these courses and other resources for mothers, babies, and children!

Toddler Time is a weekly learning circle for toddlers and their parents or caregivers. Activities include Zumbini, singing, dancing, and crafts for little fingers. Health educators hand pick and facilitate culturally-inspired activities that are toddler-friendly. Light refreshments are provided for toddlers and their accompanying family.

Snuggle Time is a weekly learning circle for infants and their parents or caregivers. SCF lactation consultants provide guided support on newborn care, breastfeeding, and other related topics.

Dinner Makes a Difference is a learning circle that hosts parenting and nutrition skills learning events to encourage families to have a meal together at least five times a week. This learning circle is offered every Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center, in rooms 1127 – 1129. The team features healthy cooking with tasty samples and shares information on things like how to shop healthy on a budget, cook quick and easy family meals, get the kids involved with mealtime prep, and increased family communication. Registration is not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

The Power of Hope Cancer and Education Social Group features a monthly cancer 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. Power of Hope is a place to find support and discover healthy ways to manage living with and surviving cancer. Professionals are available 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. The luncheon is held once per month at the Mt. Marathon Building. Lunch is provided to attendees. Please click here to view the calendar.

Click here to learn more.

My AK Wellness is a free, confidential website and mobile app that helps you track exercise, food, and health information such as blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and more. The website hosts friendly competitions and provides tools such as exercise plans and videos and customized meal plans.

Customer-owners ages 18 and older, along with Southcentral Foundation employees, can sign up for My AK Wellness.

Getting started is easy! The first step is to log in and complete the personal health assessment (PHA), a short online survey that includes questions about food choices and lifestyle habits. Completing the PHA is an essential step in maximizing the program’s potential. Once completed, My AK Wellness can develop a personalized acion plan to help meet your specific wellness goals.

For account issues, please contact Cerner Consumer Support at (888) 252-8150. For additional assistance, please contact Southcentral Foundation Health Education Cerner Wellness Team at scfmyakwellness@southcentralfoundation.com.

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
Recipes