The Kodiak Area Native Association, or KANA, is hosting a health forum in Kodiak. It is called Healthy Kodiak 2018. The forum is open to the entire community and it is free.
It is focused on strategies to promote community awareness. The day will be filled with interactive discussions, educational presentations, and activities facilitated by a range of experts in their fields with a focus on health.
Experts will present on a range of topics from supporting and caring for loved ones, to building and maintaining healthy communities.
There will be presentations on food as medicine, walking to connect, and therapy through nature, among other topics. Samantha Marlar-Enbom (MAR-lur EN-baum), a behavioral health consultant with KANA, will present on that last item — also called eco-therapy.
“What I’m going to be talking about more is how we can kind of help ourselves through the darkness of winter, the general kind of yucky weather that we tend to have in Kodiak and how that impacts us,” said Marlar-Enbom. “But basically, the main message that, if anybody takes away something from what I’m going tell them is to get outside, get outside everyday and we are actually going to brainstorm and problem solve some ways to get outside, some things to do.”
Another workshop, with Juneau storyteller Gene Tagaban, will focus on the role of storytelling in promoting whole health.
The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Afognak Building on Near Island.
Details on the guest presenters and a schedule will be posted on the Healthy Kodiak Facebook page and at healthykodiak.org.