Current Air Quality Advisory for Southcentral Alaska

Fire officials are expecting wildfire and smoke activity to continue and increase throughout parts of Alaska. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. The best thing you can do is limit your exposure to smoke and call your health care provider if your symptoms get worse. Visit the state wildlife smoke webpage for more information: dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/eph/Pages/wildfire/default.aspx

For recent DEC air quality advisories:
http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories

DEC also maintains an air quality index in some communities:
http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Aq/

Below is a chart for assessing air quality by visibility, click here for the full PDF which includes more information.

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Walk with a Doc Homer returns! With Dr. Paula Godfrey – “Stop the Bleed – what to do in a bleeding emergency”

  Walk with a Doc returns on the first and third Saturdays of each month, with our “reunion Walk” on Saturday, September 7th from 9AM-10AM at SPARC (South Peninsula Athletic & Recreation Center) with Paula Godfrey, DO (SPH Emergency Department).  Dr. Godfrey will tell us about “Stop the Bleed” and what to do in a bleeding emergency, and we’ll spend the rest of the hour walking, asking questions, getting free blood pressure screenings and more!

Please bring your clean, indoor walking shoes to change into!

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer!

Walk with a Doc is always free (and fun)!  All are welcome – SPARC is accessible for walking, running, stollers, wheelchairs, walking poles, etc.  All ages and abilities can join us for a healthy Saturday morning activity, with snacks & coffee provided!

Thanks to the generous co-sponsorship of the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, Walk with a Doc will be offered on the first and third Saturdays of each month from September 7th, 2019 through May 16th, 2020!  You can find out more here, on Facebook, and on our Walk with a Doc national page.

Please contact wellness@sphosp.org or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with any questions or suggestions.

Safe Sitter 1-Day with CPR for students entering grades 6-8

The next Safe Sitter 1-Day Essentials with CPR at South Peninsula Hospital is scheduled for Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Registration, including the program fee of $50.00 (scholarships available upon request!) is required by August 5th – please contact wellness@sphosp.org or call the South Peninsula Hospital Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 to register and for more information.  Further details, including class location, will be shared with you upon registration.

Does your 6th-8th grader feel ready to stay home alone, watch their brothers and sisters, or babysit for younger children? Then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter®. Safe Sitter® is for young teens in grades 6-8 who are ready to learn the skills they need to care for themselves and younger children.

In addition, Safe Sitter® teaches young teens life and business skills, so that they know how to be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate whether they are babysitting or doing odd jobs for family, friends, or neighbors.

You’ll have fun. You’ll learn a lot. And at the end of the day, you can proudly say, “I am a Safe Sitter®!”

Walk with a Doc! Seasonal Affective Disorder – what it is and ways to cope, with Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Homer private practice counselor Bobbi Cleary, MSCP, LPC at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, January 19th from 9:00 am-10:00 am for Bobbi’s brief talk on Seasonal Affective Disorder – what it is and ways to cope with it and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities! There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Upcoming walk: February 2nd with SPH Physical Therapist Kristen Rubio, DPT on exercise & chronic pain.

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the SPH Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Next Walk with a Doc – Saturday, June 16th with Dr. Paula Godfrey!

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Paula Godfrey, DO at SPARC (600 Sterling Hwy next to Homer Middle School) for our next “Walk with a Doc”! All are welcome Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 am-10:00 am to hear a brief talk by Dr. Godfrey on locating and using an AED in an emergency and spend the rest of the hour walking at your own pace, chatting & asking any questions. This is a free event, open to all ages and abilities! There is parking up at the SPARC and down below in the Homer Middle School Parking lot. Find out more on Facebook or our page on the Walk with a Doc National website!

Walk with a Doc is a nationwide walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle. What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians.

There will be free blood pressure screenings, prizes, and refreshments!

Please bring clean indoor walking shoes.

Email wellness@sphosp.org, or call the Health & Wellness Department at (907) 235-0970 with questions or for more information!

Living Wills? Power of Attorney? Making Sense of Medical Decisions with Dr. Giulia Tortora

Join South Peninsula Hospital and Giulia Tortora, MD at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus –  533 E. Pioneer Ave in Homer on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM to learn about and discuss living wills & other advance care directives, and decisions around medical power of attorney, end of life care & dementia.

Dr. Tortora and SPH social workers will be available to answer your questions and provide & recommend resources to help.

This is a free event, all are welcome.

 

For more information, contact South Peninsula Hospital at (907) 235-0970 or email wellness@sphosp.org