Anchorage Health Education

COVID-19 Information

Southcentral Foundation’s leadership understands these are difficult times and continues to closely monitor this dynamic, rapidly evolving situation.

Part of SCF’s Emergency Management Plan and Pandemic Response includes different levels of operations and staffing based on many factors, including paying attention to guidance from health authorities and local officials.

  • Service delivery via phone. Learning circles are available via virtual delivery.

The Anchorage-based Southcentral Foundation Health Education Department consists of health educators, program coordinators, administrative support, and a management team. The team partners with customer-owners, family members, primary health care providers, and other community organizations to support customer-owners in making healthy choices in daily life through education and outreach. Services include group learning circles, support group gatherings, educational workshops (including online offerings), health events, individualized health coaching, cooking classes, educational events, and much more. The team creates health-related campaigns, educational videos, and hosts regular public events in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center. The department operates several federal, state, and private health-related grants, and travels regularly to Southcentral Foundation rural clinics to provide health education and health events.

Contact Us

Health Education
4201 Tudor Centre Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Phone
(907) 729-2689

Hours
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

The Anchorage Health Education department provides the following learning circles:

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 a weekly virtual learning circle for Elder customer-owners. The curriculum and activities are designed to provide health and nutrition education honoring Elder customer-owners and cultural traditions. Participation is open to all employees and customer-owners, ages 55 and older, as well as their caregivers.

Learn more about Teatime with Elders, click 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. In-person classes have been suspended.

Click here to view the current flier.

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. To learn more, click here. 

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.

Learn more about Snuggle Time here!

Southcentral Foundation Health Education is now offering the Dinner Makes a Difference class virtually via Zoom every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. This interactive learning circle will feature our favorite recipes and skills to support your wellness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. We encourage families to learn and explore with us together; all ages are welcome! For more information or to attend our learning circle, please click here.

The Power of Hope Cancer and Education Social Group features a virtual learning circle 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.

Please click here to view the calendar.

Click here to learn more about cancer prevention and support.

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.

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.

Click here to activate your wellness journey.

The Mt. Marathon Store is conveniently located in the Mt. Marathon building at 4201 Tudor Centre Drive. We offer locally-sourced fresh salads and sandwiches, wholesome snacks, and a variety of beverages. We also sell athletic clothing, fitness items, gym-bag essentials, and pain relief products. Browse our line of quality vitamins, minerals, and dietary supplements to support your health and well-being.

The Mt. Marathon Store is now open for online orders only. Visit here to place an order for pick up. For questions, call (907) 729-6731.

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 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
SCF Facebook
Pinterest Page
Recipes
Wellness Newsletter