Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 24, 2015
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, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had 6 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett and Miles Martin. We enjoyed pork short ribs baked with potatoes and apples, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Miles Martin was welcomed to Nenana and to WIN after his travels to Arizona.
SPEAKERS/TOPICS: Because of time constraints we did announcements first and altered the order of our agenda items so viewing the DVD would be last.
Nenana Health Fair: The Health Fair is on schedule to occur at Nenana City Public School, in the gym, on April 1st. Jeannie said that they have changed the times of the Health Fair to accommodate school science testing that also occurs that day. Blood draws will run from 8 AM-Noon, the exhibits will run from 9 AM thru 2 PM. Most of the youth exhibits however will not be peopled until 10 AM due to testing. They are having difficulty getting personnel to do blood pressure. David has volunteered. Kat said she will ask Leon if he hasn’t already left for Job Corps; he would be willing to make himself available as well. Jeannie will ask Jackie Suckling.
Street Lights Project: Virginia said she and Mary Alexander made a night time walking tour of Nenana and noted all missing, non-existent or malfunctioning lights. She provided a color-coded map for us indicating lights that need to be installed and lights that are in need of repair. Jeannie reminded Virginia to add the lights out on Cosna that Toghotthele funded that have yet to be placed. They will bring this map to the city assembly and ask that installing/repairing the lights be placed onto the agenda as a city work project.
Pleasure Unwoven: David was able to link his laptop computer to the big screen TV so we were able to watch the second half of this DVD, followed by a short discussion. We watched the portions of this video that spoke about the phenomenon of drug craving as experienced at a limbic level (sub-conscious) and the dopamine/glutamate feedback systems which drives craving. The moderator described the state of anhedonia experienced by addicts in recovery, which is an inability to experience normal pleasure due to the result of direct pharmacological influences of drugs on the dopamine system in the brain. He linked this to the notion of choice; explaining how the very concept of “free will” becomes compromised in addicts, he likened recovery to a process of changing the responses to the brain’s cues to use and explained why this so often fails. He closes with an impassioned plea to view addiction as the medical issue he believes it to be, as opposed to the historical framework of social ill or criminal issue.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.
Bonnie: Next Monday, March 2nd, the school will have a community dinner in the cafeteria from 5-6. That same evening at 6:30, in the gym, there will be a production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tripod Days is the first weekend of March, kicking off with the Charlie Stevens’ Memorial Texas Hold Em poker tournament, Friday evening at the Senior Center. A host of activities is slated to occur the 7th and 8th at the Civic center and downtown.
Miles: Back from Tucson. He bought materials for his art work, including amber, jade and opals. He would like gardening to be put onto the agendas. He is getting ready to but seeds, is willing to do plant-starts in his green house if people let him know whart they want, and has lots of worms for give-away.
Virginia: Went to line-dancing last night. She was the only adult there. It was fun and “It’s a good work-out!”
Jam session/singalong Friday night, 7 PM, at Kat and David’s place.
Kat: She and David will be gone next week to attend the SARE conference so she will not be here for WIN.
David: Has got lots of pigs. They are growing well. One of the mama’s pigs has been eating the gate to her pen; they are voracious feeders as they are nursing their large litters. He has to crack the barn door because it has been so warm.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:45 PM