WIN Minutes 5-07-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition


May 7, 2013


The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.


There were 18 in attendance today, including:  Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Phil Biddle, Jeannie Bennet, Patty McKenna, Linda Wortman, Beverly Joseph, Chuck Hugney,  Rebecca, Bill, Emily and Willam Troxel and Tara.

We enjoyed moose meatloaf with potatoes and onions, mixed green salad, chocolate pound cake, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and walnuts with halvah and figs for lunch.


WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Rebecca Troxel


PRAYER was led by Beverly Joseph, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes from last week were posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Public Health Nurse  Patty McKenna introduced her supervisor, Linda Wortman. Miles introduced his friend Phil, who is from Arizona and has just bought a small cabin here in Nenana for summer visits. Beverly Joseph was welcomed back, as was Chuck Hugney


We began the meeting with Updates/Announcements due to timing issues with the video presentation today.

Bonnie: Borough Study meeting tonight, 6:30 PM, at the tribal hall.

Ice Watch picnic Thursday at Noon down by the watch tower.

Also Senior Recognition Day at the Carlson Center.

Nenana Board of Equalizations meets Thursday night at the Senior Center, 5 PM, followed by the City Assembly meeting at 6:30.

Also Thursday night at the school will be Family Reading Night with Bingo For Books, 5:30-7:00 PM.

Friday at the Senior Center they will have an indoor picnic lunch in Honor of Mother’s Day, which is Sunday.

Jeannie: Passed around a Get Well card for Audrey who is in Denali Center getting physical therapy after breaking her femur in a fall she took a couple weeks ago. The prognosis is good. Jeannie picked up some items from Access Alaska to help make Audrey’s apartment at Meda Lord’s safer. Audrey is up and able to take some steps with the walker and determined to come back home.

Jeannie is busy preparing for the Gospel Music festival which will take place in Nenana in about eight weeks. Rob has been experiencing debilitating vertigo.

Lastly, she heard from Endil Moore that Steven Price with the Watershed Council will be removing derelict vehicles from Nenana. Hurrah!


Bill: Enjoying the ETT training.


Chuck: Is feeling really good about the ETT class; they have between 18-20 youth and adults from Nenana and Anderson getting CPR and/or ETT certification.

Suggests we do a presentation for Envisioning Wellness on the Couple’s Enrichment class that he and Carrie attend. It focuses on strengthening relationships by building specific skills like communication.

Report on the Soccer Field project: They have raised about five thousand dollars for this final push to complete the field. They need 8 thousand for a matching grant. The goal is to get topsoil and turf in place by fall. Chuck notes that our team have taken second and third place in state yet never been able to play a single home game.


Miles: Plans to open up his greenhouse today. He has tomatoes growing out of their pots, making flowers.

David: Built an outside pigpen so the porkers are really happy.. Has a goose setting on a mess of eggs. Some of the eggs are chicken eggs, doesn’t know what he’ll do when the chicks hatch out. Will have to figure out how to get them away from the goose. Has a murder of ravens lurking about the yar—waiting for the chicks, too, he guesses.


Kat: Understands that Rosemary is back from her mom’s funeral; Laura is staying on thru the weekend. All calm at Railbelt.


Tim: Back from Israel where among other things she saw Roland Powers.

Our Little Dribblers will be playing their first game in the gym at 6 PM.

A car wash has been scheduled for Saturday; she presumes at the A-Frame.

The Sports Awards will be held next Tuesday at the school.

Wednesday the 15th will be the Spring Concert at the school.

Friday the 17th will be Clean-Up Day starting with the Here Comes the Sun Fun Run at 10 AM.

Sunday, May 19th will be graduation, 2 PM, at Nenana City Public School.


Rebecca: Her hen hatched out zero chicks; she doesn’t know why. She has obtained a new rooster, a Leghorn, named, of course, Fog Horn.




The Weight of the Nation :  Patty McKenna will be showing this multi-part HBO special report video over the next several months. This video series was recently completed, is being aired nationally, is available for purchase, and contains significant information about the national obesity epidemic. One may find out more about this video project online at:

The web site says this about the series:

Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each featuring case studies, interviews with our nation’s leading experts, and individuals and their families struggling with obesity. The first film, CONSEQUENCES, examines the scope of the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The second, CHOICES, offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain. The third, CHILDREN IN CRISIS, documents the damage obesity is doing to our nation’s children. Through individual stories, this film describes how the strong forces at work in our society are causing children to consume too many calories and expend too little energy; tackling subjects from school lunches to the decline of physical education, the demise of school recess and the marketing of unhealthy food to children. The fourth film, CHALLENGES, examines the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic, including agriculture, economics, evolutionary biology, food marketing, racial and socioeconomic disparities, physical inactivity, American food culture, and the strong influence of the food and beverage industry.

The first segment, viewed today, focused on the consequences of obesity on the physical health of adults and children. We will view the second, Choices, next month.


WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.                                                                                                                                                     Carol Burnett

UPDATES/ANNOUNCEMENTS: Accomplished in the front half of the meeting



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