“Living Well Alaska” to Help People with Health Issues


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Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center is hosting a free class for people who are struggling to cope with chronic illness. "Living Well Alaska" is the name of the program which is scheduled to start tonight and runs for six weeks. Public Health Nurse Darsha Spalinger, is one of the class facilitators.

(Wellness 1 "The class is …and less frequent.")

Living Well Alaska is designed to help people learn ways to self manage their condition. Similar workshops are being held throughout the state for people with all kinds of chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.

Spalinger along with school nurse Christy Kinter and Diabetes nurse Pricilla Johnson are certified to facilitate the course. Johnson talked about what participants can expect during the six weeks.

(Wellness 2 "We’re going to …participate in this.")

"Living Well Alaska" also covers topics such as managing fatigue, working with healthcare professionals, managing medication and stress reduction.

(Wellness 3 "Every week we … share those things.")

According to Providence spokeswoman, Borghy Holm, the course is available for up to twelve participants.

(Wellness 4 "If you’d like … think might benefit.")

As of Monday afternoon, six people had signed up to take part in the program. Spalinger said that at least two more participants are needed in order for the class to start on schedule.

If enough people sign up, the class will start tonight and will meet every Tuesday night until May 25th.

The "Living Well Alaska" class will take place in the Pillar and Pyramid rooms of Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center.

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