Free Community Presentation: The Secret Epidemic of Eating Disorders, with Carrie Warren, FNP-C

Join Carrie Warren, FNP-C for a free community presentation about eating disorders and their causes, how they are identified, and treatment options from 6-7:30pm at Kachemak Bay Campus on Tuesday, May 24th. There will be refreshments, time for questions, and information on local resources available.

Carrie is the only certified obesity management specialist on the Kenai Peninsula, offering a comprehensive program at South Peninsula Family Care that includes behavior modification and a personalized approach.

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Wellness Walk THIS SATURDAY!

South Peninsula Hospital offers free indoor walking and brief health information presentations at their Wellness Walks, the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9-10am at SPARC (South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center – 600 Sterling Hwy).

This Saturday’s Wellness Walk on May 21st will be about mental health info & resources in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, with Jay Bechtol from South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services. Come learn about the importance of keeping your mind healthy and get some steps in!

Free blood pressure checks, refreshments and door prizes are offered at walks. Please bring indoor shoes, and refrain from attending if you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. Masks are optional. Walks are at SPARC located at 600 Sterling Highway. For more information call SPH Health and Wellness at (907) 235-0285

Healthy in Homer – May 2022 – Your monthly local health & wellness e-newsletter from South Peninsula Hospital

We finally made it, happy MAY!! As usual, Homer never ceases to amaze me at the amount of awesome local happenings we have going on. May is mental health awareness month- a great time to get connected and get involved!

SPH sponsors Free Community Yoga in May

South Peninsula Hospital in partnership with the Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition, will offer free community yoga on Wednesday evenings the month of May at SPARC from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM.

Taught by Asia Freeman, the class will explore a combination of yoga and Pilates for strength, core stability, balance and flexibility. The class is accessible for all levels as long as you can sit on the floor, stand and lie down independently. Bring a yoga mat and block if you have one.

Participants will self-attest to COVID screening questions and are asked to not attend if experiencing any symptoms of illness. Participants will be spaced 6′ apart and masks are optional but always encouraged. The cost is free. SPARC is on the Sterling Highway next to the Middle School in Homer.

Proposals Sought for Community Health Needs Assessment

South Peninsula Hospital and MAPP of the Southern Kenai Peninsula are accepting proposals for the upcoming Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The deadline to apply is Monday, May 23 at 5:00pm. More information can be found at www.mappofskp.net

Registration Now Open for 6th Annual Community Steps Challenge

Registration is now open for the Homer Steps Up! 2022 free community wide steps challenge that runs from May 1 – 28, 2022. Anyone residing in the southern Kenai Peninsula is eligible to participate and enter for a chance to win great prizes.

Last year in 2021 there were over 600 total individual participants on 40 teams who took a total of 164 million steps together.  This year the community step goal is 175 million steps in May.

Enrollment is free at www.homerstepsup.com. Great cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place individuals, and the winning team takes the trophy! Random prizes are given away throughout the challenge. Last year’s team winner was the City of Homer. This year the team sizes are limited to 5 to 25 members, and there is only one team category.

On-line registration is now open, and special signup events will be held Saturday, April 16th from 9am-10am at SPARC, and again Saturday, April 30th at the Homer Chamber of Commerce from 11am-1pm. In addition to the chance to win great prizes, Homer Steps Up! participants are offered local discounts throughout the month of May at participating businesses who are offering an incentive of their choosing to Homer Steps Up Participants. Examples include % discount on purchases, Buy One Get One, free sample, etc.   Businesses simply display the Homer Steps Up! Community Business Partner poster or vinyl static cling (available at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and upon request at wellness@sphosp.org) in a high visibility area of a business. Homer Steps up participants will identify themselves with a Homer Steps Up! Key Chain!

If a business, organization, or group wants to register, contact wellness@sphosp.org or visit the signup events and pick up a free pedometer.

Complete information is online at homerstepsup.com  Call 235-0285 or email wellness@sphosp.org for questions or more information. The Homer Steps Up! Community Challenge is cosponsored by South Peninsula Hospital, South Peninsula Behavioral Health, SVT Health and Wellness, The City of Homer and SPARC, and made possible with a grant from South Peninsula Hospital Foundation.

SPH sponsors Free Community Yoga

SPH will offer free community yoga, on Wednesday evenings at SPARC from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM, for four consecutive Wednesdays: March 16th, 23rd & 30th and April 6th.  Anna Raupp RYT, will offer “Yoga For Recovering From the Pandemic – Return to the Love of Life” in this series of classes for individuals of all ages and skill level.

It will explore some basic techniques of Kundalini Yoga to bring about relief and rejuvenation for the total self; mind, body and spirit. Each class will contain accessible breathing exercises, warm-ups, movement sequences, deep relaxation with the symphonic gong and mindfulness exercises designed to lift that deep fatigue and rekindle joy. Each class will have a theme related to releasing stress, strengthening one’s felt sense, and building resilience using kernels of ancient Yogic philosophy as well as current edge scientific theory.

The class will be a floor based practice with a combination of sitting and standing poses.  Please plan to bring your own yoga mat and a cushion to sit on. Accommodations can be made for those who would be better served to perform the practice from a chair.

COVID screening questions will happen at the door and be required for admission. Participants will be spaced 6′ apart and masks are optional but always encouraged. The cost is free. SPARC is on the Sterling Highway next to the Middle School in Homer.

Free COVID-19 Testing offered on the Homer Spit UPDATED INFORMATION

South Peninsula Hospital is offering free COVID-19 testing at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit daily (except Wednesdays) through Saturday, June 13, from 9am-5pm. There is no charge to the individual for testing. This testing is offered only to individuals who fit one of the following criteria:

  • working in critical infrastructure or the fishing industry,
  • have had recent travel out of state,
  • have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19,
  • they have new onset of any symptom related to COVID-19,
  • have a provider referral.

Results should be available within 48 hours via the hospital’s patient portal. No appointments are necessary. Individuals are asked to provide a driver’s license or state I.D., email address, social security number and phone number to register, and show an insurance card if insured. The pavilion is located at the top of ramp two, near the public restrooms at the Homer Harbor.

Additional testing is available 24/7 at the hospital’s main entrance parking lot at 4300 Bartlett Street, Homer. For more information about testing, call the covid nurse at the hospital at 235-0235. For more information on South Peninsula Hospital’s COVID-19 response, contact Derotha Ferraro at (907) 399-6212.

Stop the Bleed – Save a Life!

Minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. That’s why bleeding control is the purpose of The American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed training.

So far, over 30 people in our community have been trained to Stop the Bleed, and over 1  million have been trained worldwide! 

Through a Stop the Bleed course, you’ll gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. The person next to a bleeding victim may be the one who’s most likely to save them.

Opportunities to take this free, one-hour class in Homer will be offered regularly in 2020. Dates will be posted here and on community calendars. Add your name to the list to be contacted for the next class by calling 907-235-0285 or emailing wellness@sphosp.org.

Take the course and become empowered to make a life or death difference when a bleeding emergency occurs. Stop the Bleed. Save a Life!

Click here more info about Stop the Bleed.

Click here for the PDF of the Stop the Bleed Booklet!

No-Cost Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Newborn Care Classes with Homer Medical Center’s West Wing Clinic Midwives

We offer childbirth, newborn care, and breastfeeding classes free of charge on a rotating basis throughout the year.  These classes are all held on Tuesday Evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in the South Peninsula Hospital Conference Rooms 1 & 2 (park in the lower parking lot and enter through the double doors by the cafeteria).

Click here for dates, topics & more information on the upcoming Winter 2019 Class Series from November 19th through December 17th with Laura Greet, CNM & Julie McCarron, CNM, Certified Lactation Consultant.

You may bring a coach with you to class, you may bring food, and you may come to all, a few or even just one class!

For more information please contact the West Wing Midwives at (907) 435-3040