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Lions Club Fundraiser: Big Lake Yoga

Health and WellnessTuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm.

At The Big Lake Lions Rec Center.

$60/month or $10/class for drop-ins. Bring a mat.

Questions call 907.277.0640.

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"Better Breathers" presentation, May 12, at Big Lake Public Library

Health and WellnessThere will be a "Better Breathers" presentation, May 12, at Big Lake Public Library.

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Gov. Walker Issues Bike Month Proclamation

Health and Wellness Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has proclaimed the month of May as Bike Month; May 4, 2016, as Bike to School Day; and May 16-20, 2016, as Bike to Work Week.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will join organizations throughout the state during May to support Bike Month events. Biking is an affordable, healthy form of transportation and a great way to get the 30-60 minutes of daily activity recommended for optimum health.

According to a 2016 Benchmarking Report from Alliance for Biking and Walking, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alaska ranks sixth in the nation for percentage of adults who bike to work. In addition, Alaska and Vermont tied for the lowest rate of bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the nation.

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Big Lake Yoga by The Lions Club

Health and WellnessThe Big Lake Lions Club will be hosting "Big Lake Yoga", a fund-raiser on Mondays at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. Suggested donation is $10.

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Mat-Su Public Health is Open and Accepting Appointments

Health and WellnessMat-Su Public Health, located in the Big Lake Lions Rec Center, is open and accepting appointments. Call 907.352.6600 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”

Health and WellnessThe Big Lake Public Library Presents: “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest.”

Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, February 6 through April 2

Bring your friends, family, and anyone who wants to learn how to prevent or treat cancer naturally for life.

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”

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Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, February 6 through April 2

March 19th, "Episode 6: The Nocebo Effect, Healing Vaccines, Advanced Detoxing. "

Bring your friends, family, and anyone who wants to learn how to prevent or treat cancer naturally for life.

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”

Health and Wellness

Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, February 6 through April 2

March 5th, "Episode 4."

Bring your friends, family, and anyone who wants to learn how to prevent or treat cancer naturally for life.

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Change Your Habits, Change Your Life!

Health and Wellnessby Sammy Taylor

A week ago my husband realized he had kidney stones. For years, I’ve been reminding him that at some point he’d pay for his habit of drinking a half gallon of root beer each day. So payment came due!

Being the strong person that he is, he took matters into his own hands. Overnight, he went from a soda guzzling 70 year old to a water and fresh-squeezed juice guy. He has astounded himself with the changes in his own body. He’s noticed that he’s more clear-headed than he was drinking soda. We both noticed the disappearing bloat of his body and the new healthful glow of his skin. His kidneys no longer ache. Skin aberrations that seemed to be more and more common have now all but disappeared. I’m sure he’ll feel other benefits as time goes on.

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The Big Lake Public Library Presents: “The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest”

Health and Wellness

Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, February 6 through April 2

Feb 27th, "Episode 3: Cancer-Killing Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, GMOs, Juicing and Eating the Rainbow."

Bring your friends, family, and anyone who wants to learn how to prevent or treat cancer naturally for life.

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New statewide survey shows one out of three Alaska teens uses tobacco, e - cigarettes

Health and WellnessA 2015 statewide survey of almost 1,500 Alaska high school students revealed that one out of three teenagers currently smokes cigarettes or cigars, or uses smokeless tobacco or e-cigarettes. Nearly one out of five students reported using e-cigarettes during the past month.

“These numbers are alarming,” said Commissioner Davidson. “We were making progress, but when a third of our high school students now report using tobacco or e-cigarettes, we need to increase our partnerships with schools and local leaders. We need to make sure that Alaskans of all ages know the health risks of using tobacco products and e-cigarettes.”

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Want to help prevent suicide in Alaska?

Health and WellnessIf you or someone you know is in crisis, worried about someone, grieving, or just really needs to talk, call Careline: 877-266-4357 (HELP). Alaska’s statewide suicide prevention line is free, confidential and 24/7. Or text 4help to 839863 most eves. Careline’s site has veterans’ and other helplines and resources too.

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It’s time to compare and choose 2016 Medicare Part D plans

Health and WellnessThe annual window for Medicare beneficiaries to review their prescription drug, or Part D, insurance plan options for next year is open until Dec. 7, 2015. Alaskans who get both Medicaid and Medicare can enroll or change plans any time

“Consumers should always compare plans, but this year it’s more important than ever,” said Judith Bendersky of Alaska’s Medicare Information Office. “Plan premiums are trending upward for the first time in years, so are many medication costs, and most of the plans that did not have an annual deductible last year now have a $360 deductible.”

Also, Medicare charges penalties if people don’t sign up when first eligible

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DEC Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take - Back Day

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) – The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages Alaskans to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 2pm.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day promotes safe collection and disposal of unwanted or expired prescription medication. Proper disposal reduces the chance of discarded drugs entering waterbodies and causing harm to public health and the environment.

Alaskans have participated in several collection days over the past five years and have collected over 20,000 pounds of drugs since the event began.

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Alaska Wins $ 2.9 Million Grant for Health Care Workforce Training

Health and WellnessThe Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) has won a competitive federal grant to expand Registered Apprenticeship health care training in Alaska. DOLWD applied for the grant in partnership with the Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The grant will accelerate development of training programs for high demand health care occupations.The grant award was announced following a White House summit and Congressional briefing that featured Alaska as one of the leading states that uses Registered Apprenticeship.

"This grant will significantly expand Alaska’s training infrastructure in health care, which has the state’s fastest job growth,” said Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “This funding could not come at a better time, as we ramp up health care training in support of Governor Walker’s Healthy Alaska Plan."

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