Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 1, 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 8 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Nancy Tarnai, Ashley Strauch, Miles Martin and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed baked salmon with rice pilaf, fresh green salad, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and pecans & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Bonnie Reed.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Maryellen, with a short moment of silence.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Maryellen introduced Nancy Tarnai and Ashley Strauch who are from the Fairbanks branch of the American Lung Association.
I ACT FREE Coalition: Nancy Tarnai and Ashley Strauch of the American Lung Association presented us with a slide show about Clean Indoor Air, second-hand smoke, the dangers associated with tobacco use, and some of the new ways the tobacco industry has rebranded nicotine products, including e-cigarettes. We had a lively discussion about prohibition and education as two strategies to reduce the harm of tobacco on society. Our conversation shifted to ways tobacco has specifically been marketed to youth, which are already disproportionately affected. Some of the negative effects of tobacco use include reduced lung growth and function, asthma, stroke, heart attack and various cancers, including lung cancer. They talked about the K-12 Policy which they have been working on for several years, to make all schools in Alaska officially designated to be “Tobacco Free.” UAA went tobacco free last year and UAF is slated to be tobacco free as of December 31, 2015. This engendered discussion about the challenges now of addressing public use of electronic cigarettes and issues emerging since the recent initiative enacting legalization of marijuana.
They provided an opportunity for people to sign a petition in support of prohibition of tobacco use public places and multi-unit dwellings. They were invited to have a table at the Health Fair in April to give other people an opportunity to learn more about their efforts. They said they would provide electronic versions of their presentation to Kat so she might forward it to other WIN members unable to be at the meeting today. People interested in finding out more about this can check out the I ACT FREE Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/I.ACT.Free/ or the Tobacco-free Alaska Mission 100 web site at http://www.mission100alaska.org .
Nenana City Assembly: Kat McElroy provided copies of the resolution that is being proposed by John Kempen. The special assembly meeting scheduled for last night was cancelled as Mayor Pro Tem, Robin Campbell, was in Anchorage dealing with medical issues and was suddenly unavailable. She will not return until Thursday, so Wednesday’s work session has also been cancelled. There will be a work session next Wednesday evening, 12-09-15, 5:30 and our regular City Assembly meeting 12-10-15, 6:30, at the Senior Center as usual. Kat urges people to educate themselves about the issues and to attend the assembly meeting to provide public comment as any decisions made by the assembly affect everyone.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: May all your words be sweet and tender, for someday you may have to eat them. Anonymous
Kat: Will not be here on the 16th; she will be attending a trauma-informed care training in Fairbanks 12-15 and 12-16. She is sorry she will miss Miles presentation on Winter Gardening as he has been doing some really interesting experiments over there.
Maryellen: Is running a poster contest open to elementary-high school students. Theme for the posters is: Nicotine Can Kill a Teen, or anything that speaks directly to the dangers of tobacco use for young people. First prize will be a set of Beat headphones. She says this is open to ANY student, and that people should make sure they have their name and their grade clearly written on the back side of their entry poster as they will be judged by grade level. More information? Call Maryellen at 832-5557.
I ACT FREE will be having their monthly meeting this Friday at Noon, at TCC, fourth floor conference room, in Fairbanks. People are invited to participate via teleconference.
PINK will have a table this weekend at the Christmas Bazaar.
David: Is all about keeping the animals fed, hydrated, alive. They don’t much care for the cold. He’s going thru a lot of barley to keep those piggies fed. He said he put his own truck into the ditch the other night, driving with frost on his windshield.
Tim: The Christmas play is scheduled for this Wednesday evening, in The Pit at Nenana City Public School, at 6:30 PM.
The Ham Radio class will meet Friday, 6-7:30 PM, at the city library.
Book Club meeting Monday, December 7, 7:30 PM.
Christmas Dinner at NCPS December 9th, 5PM, with the Christmas concert to follow in the gym at 6:30 PM.
Bonnie: The Book and Holiday Fair is running thru December 11th at the school. This will be the only book fair they have this year.
Bingo For Books will be Wednesday, December 8th, 5-7 PM.
The Christmas Bazaar will be held all day Saturday and Sunday at the Civic Center.
This Friday night UAF will have web-based interactive singing lessons at the city library from 6-7 PM.
Call Nenana Native Council at 832-5461 before December 11 if you would like to participate in their Christmas Gift Exchange. Their Christmas party will be December 15, at the tribal hall.
December 17th, at the Civic Center, Nativity Play, 7 PM.
December 19th, 6-7 PM, video presentation at Nenana City Library: Saint Nicholas was a real person.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM