WIN Minutes 06-25-13

Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 25, 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 seven participants today, including: Jessica Durtsche, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennet and Miles Martin. We enjoyed chicken enchiladas and cole slaw, farmstead cheddar cheese, raisins with walnuts and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

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

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


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



Envisioning Wellness: Kat says she received an email from our public health nurse, Patty McKenna, who affirms that she will be present July 2nd to present the next Weight of the Nation video. Per discussion, we shall be viewing numbers three and four out of orders, so will watch the third one on childhood obesity in August. The fourth which we will wat5ch next is on the industrial food system and how it impacts health and wellness and contributes to obesity and disease.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Where oh where are our isolated showers?

David: Put in a temporary fence for the bulls which are busily eating down the tall grasses now at the side of the soccer field on the end of E street. The grass is growing; he’s getting ready to start making hay. The pigs are getting bigger.
Kat: Garden is doing great but she is having world war raven with the birds gleefully eating all of her potatoes and melons out of the ground. Miles suggests it is because there are not enough baby birds this season for them to feed upon due to late breakup. Lotsa watering, lotsa weeding.
She and Jessica attended the prevention advisory committee meeting Monday at the school. Kat suggested that we have a pig roast as a prevention activity sometime at the end of summer, when school starts and the living center kids get back. People seem favorably inclined to the idea.
Brianna resigned from her RHS position with Railbelt. We shall all miss her good work effort and enthusiasm. RMHA shall have to post an opening for a new RHS worker.

Jessica: Staying busy helping with farm and garden chores.

Virginia: Had to pen her weeder geese up as the dogs were getting to them; so, she only has them out now while she is on property, working the peony beds. The peonies are coming up good; she is budding the off so there is only one bud per stalk.
She is doing paperwork for Toghotthele.

Jeannie: Has flyers for the all churches combined worship services to be held the last day of Gospel Fest, 10 AM- Noon, 07-07. Miles agreed to hang flyers in all the usual places around town.
She will be doing another load for Project Overhaul. She estimates she has hauled over four tons of trash already. She needs volunteers; she has several places she needs to pick up from.
Audrey has an appointment to go back to the orthopedic surgeon July 8th to see if the leg has healed well enough for her to begin putting weight on it.


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