WIN MInutes 3-08-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition


March 8, 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.


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 11 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Gayle Rayme, Jeannie Bennett, Harriett Borst, Virginia Young, Amie, James & Kenneth Verhagan and Maryellen Robinson.

We enjoyed baked ham with potatoes and carrots, sliced cheeses and crackers and assorted dried fruit and nuts for lunch.


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


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Gayle, with a short meditation on the power of a group such as WIN or the Alaska Innocence Project, to make changes over time.


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.

MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with one noted correction on the spelling of Natalie Chong’s last name.


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.



Nenana Urban Farm/Animal Planet: To accommodate for timing, we watched this after discussions regarding the Health Fair and our Updates/Announcements. David Poppe and NSLC staff Marty set up the DVD player so we could watch the segment of Animal Planet’s documentary series Dr. Dee’s Alaska that featured pig castration at Nenana Urban Farm filmed last April. David explained that he had been contacted when Animal Planet was initially considering filming the series.

The episode was nearly an hour long so David fast forwarded through other segments of the episode that depicted Dr. Dee’s team attending to a dog with a mouth full of porcupine quills, a small horse with foot problems, a large horse with a tumor, a spay and neuter clinic they hold annually in Galena. The segment showing the pig castration in Nenana was short, maybe five minutes long. There were snippets of interviews with David, the vet and her assistant interspersed with footage of the procedures.

David also shared a shorter clip which was used as a promotional trailer for the series. It showed a castration Dr. Dee, David and her assistant performed on Ziggy, one of David’s bull calves. This clip also featured Deryl Kraus who was on hand to assist with both filmings. David said that the Animal Planet crew recently contacted him again and they are exploring a third filming here in Nenana, a cauterization on one of his cows who has knocked her horn off, leaving a damaged stub.


Nenana Health Fair: Jeannie Bennett brought flyers put together by Sharon at Alaska Health Fairs, Inc., in Fairbanks, has put together to publicize our event. The fair will feature free health screenings and health education and low cost blood tests. The general Chemistry/Hematology 27 test panel will cost $45.00. Additional tests available include: Thyroid, $30.00; Prostrate $25.00; Vitamin D., $50.00; A1c, $25.00; Blood Typing, $20.00. Insurance is not accepted for these tests; Master Charge, Visa, cash or check only. Blood tests require a 10 to 12 hour fast for accuracy. Diabetics are advised NOT to fast. Remember to be hydrated if you are planning to get the blood draw. You must be 18 years of age to have blood drawn.

Health screenings will include blood pressure, height/weight/BMI, glaucoma, hearing, and vision. Health education will include: Vitamin D, Behavioral Health, Immunization Education, Nutrition, Disease Prevention, Physical Activity, Alternative Health, Recycling, Assistive Technology, Alzeheimer’s, Senior Services, Massage Therapy, Cancer, Heart Health, Diabetes, and Breast Cancer.

Sponsors for Alaska Health Fairs Inc., in Fairbanks, include United Way and Banner Health/Fairbanks Memorial Hospital/Denali Center. Nenana sponsors include WIN, Coghill’s Store, Railbelt Mental Health & Addictions, Nenana City Public School and the City of Nenana. People wishing to volunteer should make sure to fill out a volunteer application online at the Alaska Health Fairs, Inc. web site.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Here Comes the Sun……                Lennon/McCartney


Virginia: Toghotthele is hauling gravel across to the other side of the Nenana River.

Lee Hulcher will be here at the end of the month to begin start up tasks for this summer’s Saturday Market.

Amie: Kenneth found his toes and has learned how to roll over. James continues learning new words daily. The Health Challenge just started its sixth week.

March 19th will be the Alaska Republican convention for district 6 here in Nenana at the Senior Center. Last week’s preference poll selected a candidate; now begins the task of selecting delegates to the nominating conference setting the platform.

Monday, March 28 Amie and Kristi will be presenting about physical exercise and brain development and function to the teacher’s in-service training.

Maryellen: Tomorrow is Kick Butts Day at Nenana City Public School. PINK and the other students have a host of activities planned.

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29th and 30th, the regional tobacco prevention coalition, I ACT Free, are having a training: Breaking the Ice. This training will concentrate on ways to educate our communities on the latest in tobacco prevention and provide excellent networking opportunity. This is a FREE event, anyone wishing to participate should contact Maryellen or Kat. Kat is willing to attend all day Tuesday or to provide transportation to people interested in attending the Tuesday lunch in lieu of WIN.

Kat: Nenana Urban Farm has smoked bacon and smoked hams for sale. Bacon currently selling for $7.00 per pound or two pounds for $12.00 and it was a big hit Sunday at Tripod Days. Hams are selling for $7.25 per pound and are averaging between seven and eight pounds and are selling fast in time for Easter. Email or call at 832-1078.

David: Has four cows due to calve in the next couple of weeks. The focus of his activity will be getting pigs moved onto berms out on their property at MP 315. While the weather was relatively mild, he says, “This has not been the easiest winter for me.” He had one little calf that died and one of the mother sows. He thinks the sow may have been cold-stress related. All the other animals, however, are doing well.

Bonnie: Thursday, 6:30 PM, City Assembly meeting at the Senior Center.

Saturday the Senior Bus will be going to Fairbanks to view the Ice Sculptures and March 15th they will be going to Noel Wein Library for seniors to get their taxes done.

March 15th, Spring Ahead, all clocks will need to be set ahead one hour to keep up with daylight Savings Time. March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, the Seniors will be celebrating with a special lunch. March 18th is Chief’s day and Nenana Native Council will be closed in honor of that.

Jeannie: The posts and beams have come in for the house they are building.



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