Designed to promote the connectivity between various health care resources and public awareness of local services available, the 2nd Annual "Got Health" celebration and forum was held at Kenai Middle School.
"The event is a continuation of the earlier Healthy Communities activities. This is the next generation of trying to bring to the for front the importance of promoting health and wellness in our community and doing it through several processes; one the Got Health gathering and two having community dialog about what we as a community can work on together to promote health," said Regina Theisen Kenai public health nurse and one of the organizers of the Got Health event.
Sponsors of the event included Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Community Action Coalition, Central Peninsula Hospital, Strong Women Change Club, and People Promoting Wellness. "We invited people and vendors who would cause individuals to think about their personal health and want to know what their bone density is or to check their liver and kidney function. CPH was here doing blood draws for lab tests at especially low prices and then there were people who promote health through social networks and things we do to promote our mental and social well being.
The Kenai Performers did a 30 minute skit and some blossoming high school musicians performed because we are learning more and more about the benefits of music to our health and well being, the Redoubt Homemakers were here and we had Elizabeth Eller do a home cooking for vitality seminar. All elements that add to making a healthy community," explained Theisen.
There was also a free lunch featuring sandwiches from by Arby's and soup by Odie's Deli.
Taking on tangible projects for the community was also on the Got Health Agenda along with the health promoting activities. "Projects that support the more vulnerable people of our community such as a day event that would provide services and information for the homeless," added Theisen. Brenda Bowen of CPH was administering free ultrasound bone density tests.
The test is a radiation free non-invasive procedure that estimates the bone density based on the characteristics of the transmitted sound waves. The test only took a minute and the results are used by a physician to help determine the risk of an individual developing osteoporosis and future bone fracture.
Last year the forum conducted a visioning exercise to look at what resources and needs the community had. Anyone unable to attend the Got Health forum and would like more information about the groups involved or projects being planned may contact Regina Theisen at Kenai Health Clinic or call her at 335-3400.