Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center

Wellness Center

The health education department, based in Wasilla, consists of health educators, program coordinators, administrative support personnel and a management team. Together, the team partners with customer-owners, family members, primary health care providers and other community organizations to offer free services and programs to make healthy choices in their daily lives. These services include group learning circles, special health events, individualized health coaching, cooking classes, and educational events!   The team also creates health-related social campaigns, and host regular public activities at the Valley Native Primary Care Center . The department operates a number of federal, state and private health related grants, and travels regularly to villages served by Southcentral Foundation to conduct local health events. Our department also works closely with community partners such as Knik Tribe, Chickaloon Tribe, migrant education, and Sutton Elders Group.

The VNPCC health education department focuses on:

Wellness Activities Calendar

Health education monthly wellness activities calendar featuring all activities, learning circles and special events.

To view the calendar, click here. To download the pdf, click here.

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 overall health, and in the process, lose weight. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Lose to Win provides you with all the essential tools you need to help you 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, blenders, food steamers, serving ware, exercise balls, gym bags, food processors, and more! Health educators, primary care providers, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral health consultants facilitate this program. Lose to Win also features health coaching to support and guide you along the way.

Click here to learn more.

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 our 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 treatment specialists 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 contact the Valley wellness center.

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Diabetes 101

You can 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 health educator, registered dietitian, and exercise physiologist. At the Diabetes 101 class, you will learn about:

  • Planning healthy meals for you and your family
  • Incorporating exercise into your daily life
  • Discover ways to manage pre-diabetes, or diabetes, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle
  • Talking with your care team
  • Finding the right kind of support

The classes dates and time vary, and a light snack is provided. You will need to contact Valley wellness center at (907)631-7630 for more information and to register.

Elder Wellness Program

This program features weekly nutrition and health education activities at the Elders Program location. 30 minutes of exercise focused on strength, balance, and range of motion.

Birthing Basics

Birthing Basics is a two-part class offered for parents in their third trimester of pregnancy (28-42 weeks). Classes focus on the following topics

  • Third trimester health
  • Stages of labor
  • Newborn care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Comfort techniques
  • Possible variations in labor and birth
  •  Pain medication
  • Lactation

Click here to learn more.

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding basics focuses on breastfeeding and health, physiology of lactation, latch, positioning, breastfeeding lifestyle, pumping, and what to expect during the breastfeeding relationship. This class is open to all moms and partners during and after pregnancy.

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Toddler Time

Weekly learning circle for toddlers and their parents or caregivers featuring marching and other fun and educational activities, such as singing, dancing, and crafts for little fingers. Refreshments areserved.

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

A nutrition and culinary skills learning event to encourage families to have a family meal together at least five times a week. Offered every first and third Wednesday of the month, healthy cooking on a budget features healthy cooking with tasty samples and education on how to shop healthy on a budget, cook quick and easy family meals, get the kids involved with mealtime prep, and increase family communication. Registration is required call 907-631-7630.

Healthy Food Fun Demonstrations

This program features food tastings and nutrition information in the VNPCC lobby twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gathering Participation

For the 2018 Gathering, the focus is traditional food. A healthy diet is a healing diet. Our traditional foods are abundant with protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Gathering and eating traditional foods has many health benefits including contributing to physical fitness and good health, keeps people connected to nature, upholds respect for animal and human life, and encourages sharing among the community. It is an important part of cultural traditions, contributes to children’s education, teaches survival skills, and provides skills in food preservation and preparation. Traditional foods are low in unhealthy fats and cholesterol, have no added chemicals and additives, and are a healthy sources of protein.

For more information on these health education department activities and programs, and specific schedules, please click on the above links or contact the health education department at (907) 631-7630. We look forward to walking with you on your wellness journey

Contact Us

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center Wellness Center
1001 S. Knik-Goose Bay Road
Wasilla, AK 99654

(907) 631-7630

(907) 631-7653

7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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