Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 12, 2016
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 13 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Gayle Rayme, Ed Herrgard, Mary Alexander, Miles Martin, Tim Horn, Natalie Wong, Amie, James & Kenneth Verhagan and Maryellen Robinson.
We enjoyed moose vegetable soup and purple cabbage kim chee for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Tim Horn.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Ed, with a short moment of silence.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two 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: No new guests today.
Phlight Club/Phlight Camp: Natalie said that the next Phlight Club/Camp will be held February 19, starting at 5 PM and will run through Noon on Sunday, February 21st. Natalie and Katie Stone will work with the younger students doing Phlight Camp while Derek Peterson will run the Phlight Club activities with the upper division students. The students in Phlight Camp are encouraged to bring parents with them for the overnight. This will be by application and posters and applications will be forthcoming.
Natalie also said that she will be starting a student newsletter. This activity will take place Monday afternoons right after school and is being run as part of the after school program. Natalie will be using the Lucid Presss.com word processing program. She is soliciting student artwork, photographs, essays, interviews, etc. for content.
Nenana Health Fair: This will be our tenth annual Health Fair and is scheduled for April 2nd at the Civic Center. Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn have had their first planning meeting this week. They have identified a list of potential donors for door prizes. They will be using the RMHA button machine to make slogan buttons. Maryellen located the button making equipment is down in the Healy office. She mentioned that the program for making the images for the buttons is on Nikki’s computer down there so we will need to coordinate with her. Begging letters have been generated.
Nenana Health Challenge: The latest Health Challenge will begin January 27th. There are two levels: six week or eight week. Anyone interested in developing healthier diet and exercise routines for themselves is encouraged to check this out and give it a try. Participants are only competing against themselves. There is a $25.00 for the shorter or $30.00 for the longer buy-in fee and there are prizes for those who demonstrate the greatest improvement.
Amie is also interested in preparing a presentation exploring the science of the influence of nutrition and activity on brain function and academic performance. She would like to present this to WIN and then present it to the school board towards her goal of encouraging the school to use some of the STEM grant funds to implement healthier eating and exercise programs for our students. She said the idea began for her when she was reading the book Spark, by John Jay Raity.
Race and language makes no difference; the barriers are gone when persons can come together on high spiritual levels.” –Rolling Thunder, CHEROKEE
My Creator, let me see all my brothers and sisters through the spiritual eye.
Maryellen: Took a couple years off but now she is busy with back-to-back meetings. The next PINK meeting will be January 24th. They will begin organizing for Kick Butts Day. She would like WIN members to join her for the I ACT Free Interior Training March 29 and 30th at the Alpine Lodge in Fairbanks.
Mary: Glad to hear about Amie’s plans.
Bonnie: They went to the Veteran’s Appreciation luncheon today at the Senior Center. It was very nice.
Basketball games tonight, Nenana versus Effie Kokrine with the girls playing at 5:oo and the boy’s game at 6:30PM. Friday and Saturday Nenana teams will play home games against Tok.
Miles: His worms are exploding. He is hoping that in the future when there are community events happening on Tuesdays around noon that WIN will know about it and incorporate it into our agenda.
David: Went to Delta yesterday to get a big load of barley and ended up stuck in the traffic jam at the scene of the accident last night out there at mp 314.5; ended up stuck out there for four hours. He’s got pigs birthing.
Kat: Sat with the EMS crew last night mourning the tragic loss of one of their members.
Ed: Volunteering to spread some sand on the ice at the Senior Center. It will give him an opportunity to meet Vicki.
Tim: Kid’s Craft activity at the Nenana Library tomorrow after school; they will be doing some string art.
She appreciated the mayoral candidate forum. Don’t forget to vote on the 19th.
Hannah stuck her head in and said that Yoga will begin again next Wednesday at 10 AM, at the Meda Lord Center.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:13 PM