WIN 6-04-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition

June 4, 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.

We had11 participants today, including: Patty McKenna, Kat & Leon McElroy, David Poppe, Dawn & Jessica Durtsche, Miles Martin, Jeannie Bennet, Mary Alexander, Bonnie Reed and Tim Horn. We had vegetable beef soup, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and walnuts for lunch.

WELCOME: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennet, followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT.

PRAYER was sung by Bonnie Reed, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes posted at WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-mail list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.


The Weight of the Nation: Patty McKenna showed part two of the HBO documentary about obesity in the USA. This segment focused on Choices. According to the promotional material this segment, “offers viewers the skinny on fat, revealing what science has shown about how to lose weight, maintain weight loss and prevent weight gain.” It depicted workplace wellness programs, clinical research, medical interventions including bariatric surgery, and interviews with many individuals regarding their experiences with obesity.
Discussion followed, focusing primarily on previous local efforts to increase exercise in Nenana and promote more nutritional eating and food habits. Commitment to being healthy is a factor, it was agreed, and having other people to hold oneself accountable to seems to help effect life style changes. There was mention of issues the documentary didn’t address: the 12-step recovery process for food and eating issues and how unhealthy the industrial food system has become.
It was agreed to watch the next two segments out of order. We will next view the fourth segment CHALLENGES, which 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 on July 2nd.
The third segment, 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. We will view this one August 6th.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the HBO documentary and this project may go to: and click around.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: The longest journey begins with a single step.
Chinese Proverb

Kat: The Rural Provider’s Conference is going on all this week in Fairbanks at the TCC campus; our Brianna will be presenting a workshop on the effects of DV on families.

David: is in the process of moving cows out onto pasture.

Jessica: her basement flooded; she’s got a sump pump going and the water’s going down slowly.

Bonnie: Thursday, June 6th, Game Night at Meda Lord Center, 6:30 PM.
Elsie MacLaird pot latch Thursday night at the tribal hall.
The Library will host a Puppet Show June 11th at the Civic Center, 6 PM. There will be a pot luck; bring a side dish.

Tim: The blood drive is Wednesday, June 12th, at the Civic Center, 10 AM-2PM. She has eight people signed up; we need seven more donors.

Jeannie: Audrey is doing well and will begin physical therapy.
Project Overhaul next Saturday; as always, volunteers are needed. She will start about 9 AM; for more information, call 832-2075.


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