WIN Minutes 1-19-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 19, 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 and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

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: Jeannie Bennett, Harriet Borst, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Ed Herrgard, Mary Alexander, Natalie Wong, Virginia Young, Amie, James & Kenneth Verhagan and Jim Hautala.
We enjoyed hearty beef stew and cabbage/carrot/pineapple slaw, dark chocolate coconut dried cherry chews, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Natalie, with a short meditation on staying in the moment and experiencing gratitude.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda.

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Jim introduced himself to us. He and his wife Cindy are working at the NSLC; he taught for 28 in remote Alaska and they have moved to Nenana since they have two sons at UAF.


Nenana Health Fair: Jeannie reports that we are All Go for our 10th annual Health Fair to be held April 2, at the Civic Center. Blood draws will be provided from 8 AM-Noon and exhibits will be available from 9 AM-1PM. Jeannie and Tim will next meet Monday at 2 PM. Letters are ready to start sending/handing out: we request donations of money to defray the costs, gift cards and giveaway items for door prizes. We need graphics for buttons for vendors and visitors to memorialize this 10th annual health fair. Natalie would like to do a booth on positive parenting. She would also like us to have a table about protein based meat substitutes; she’s had several men mention they had stopped eating red meat due to issues with gout. Tim will ask Wanda Haken and Beth Norman to help identify any students who might want to have informational tables.
Freecycle: Jeannie said that the next Freecycle has been scheduled for this Friday evening, 01-22-16, at the Civic Center, starting at 5:30 PM. The theme is Soup-er Pot Luck. She has four people bringing soups so if others wish to contribute to the meal they might bring side dishes or a dessert. As always, items for giveaway need to be taken home again if no one avails themselves of them.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: When we’re through with this earth and all these problems, we don’t have to come back. But as long as we’re here we have a job to do and a purpose to fulfill, and that means dealing with the circumstances around us.” ——-Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Harriet: Her son Michael who just got a clean bill of health after a bout with liver cancer has been scheduled for a scan to examine masses or lesions on his lungs.
Amie: The new Health Challenge is scheduled to begin January 27th. There will be six week and week challenges running concurrently. Please email inquiries or requests for registration to
She also requested prayers for her grandmother in Idaho who broke her hip.
Bonnie: Don’t forget to vote! She thanks the Friends of the Library for arranging the candidate’s forum last week. She thought it was well organized.
Kat: Will be gone Wednesday-Saturday to attend the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification board meeting. She is taking her grand-daughter Aurora with her who has a cosplay event in Palmer on Saturday.
They have sold one and a half of the two steers they just had butchered; have some steaks, roasts and burger left. Have a pig being process for sale next week. Will be butchering more pork at the end of January and more beef in August.
Jim: Is getting a feel for the community and has found it most welcoming.
Ed: Came down to Nenana Wednesday to attend lunch at the Senior Center. Sat and visited with Rudy Summer from Tanana, then toured the Meda Lord Center. Likes to help people; he spread some sand on te4 ice at the Senior Center.
Mary: Yoga at Meda Lord Wednesday, 10 AM.
She got a fat tire big and is really enjoying riding it around. It’s got great traction.
They are awaiting approval for some renovations at Meda Lord. They need another washing machine but unfortunately that isn’t considered a renovation so they will need to look for another pot of money to replace that.
Virginia: Roland came down and finished her entryway, taping and mudding and painting. They are talking about the help they will need to hire next summer during peony season.
David: Bought Roland’s wrecked Ranger truck to pull the manual transmission to replace the automatic transmission of a Ranger truck he bought last year at auction. He towed it home from Fairbanks but ended up parking it at the pull-off at Ping Pong Alley as it started feeling kinda squirrely. Came back later with a larger truck to tow it the rest of the way. He’s got 26 new baby pigs all thriving plus 29 ready to go to butcher. The juveniles are gaining weight nicely.
Jeannie: Rob finished his latest project, putting sno-go tracks on their Expedition so they took it out in the woods on the maiden voyage in comfort.
She is planning a multi-family yard sale for River Days, June 4th. She will be utilizing a couple of empty lots downtown.


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