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Heart Matters

January 5, 2024
Wellness & Wisdom Blog

A 29-day Heart Health Program!

SEARHC is inviting you to participate in our heart health program, Heart Matters! For all of February, National Heart Health Month, participants will be assisted with a personal health goal related to reducing their risk for heart disease. This free, all-ages and inclusive program starts February 1 and runs through February 29. All Southeast Alaskans are encouraged to join us to learn how to turn health goals into heart healthy habits!

The program starts on February 1. Every week you’ll make a personal health goal based on your overall heart healthy habit you’re trying to achieve. Each Wednesday you’ll receive an email from our team with instructions to submit your goal completion rate. Each time you submit you’ll be entered into the weekly prize drawing! We’ve got a great lineup of prizes and if you stay on track to finish off the month, the better your chances are to win big! If you log all four weeks, you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing.

Do you want to increase your odds of winning a prize? Post a photo, story, or reel on social media (Facebook or Instagram) about your Heart Matters experience and use the hashtag #heartmatters in your post to receive additional entries in the weekly drawings.


  1. REGISTER here for the program.
  2. DOWNLOAD the paper tracker OR use your own way of tracking the completion of your daily goals (the paper trackers do not need to be submitted, this is just a resource for you to track your goals).

For more information please reach out to SEARHC Health Educator, Kate Grumbles.


Alongside the Heart Matters program, SEARHC will be leading a virtual education series every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. featuring professionals and healthcare providers discussing topics such as goal setting, nutrition, diabetes prevention, heart health and stress management.


  • Feb. 1: SMART Goals
    • Join the Heart Matters Team on February 1 to discuss SMART goals, habit formation and the importance of tracking your Heart Healthy Goals. Take control of your heart health and transform your life. We’ll provide you with insights on how to make lifestyle modifications to maintain a healthy heart.
      • View the recording here.
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  • Feb. 8: Nutrition
    •  Join us for our second week in the Virtual Seminar Series. During this session, we will hear from SEARHC Registered Dietitian Sadie Meyer about the significance of consuming healthy foods that are crucial in maintaining a healthy heart.
      • View the recording here.
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  • Feb. 15: Stress Management
    • SEARHC’s Behavioral Health specialist, Tenelle Bragg (LCSW, CIMHP), will offer valuable insights on stress management during a presentation on February 15. Managing stress is crucial, as it can lead to unhealthy behaviors that increase the risk of heart disease, such as overeating, smoking, and lack of exercise. Join us and learn to manage stress effectively from our expert!
      • View the recording here.
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  • Feb. 22: Diabetes Education
    • Have you ever wondered; what is diabetes? What is pre-diabetes? Join the fourth session in our Virtual Seminar Series with Kim Blood (RD), on February 22 to learn how diabetes affects your heart health and how lifestyle changes can help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Join the meeting here.
      • View the recording here.
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  • Feb. 29: Healthy Heart Maintenance
    • Join us on February 29 to learn from Dr. Adam McMahan about maintaining a healthy heart. He will provide valuable guidance on reducing risk factors, adopting healthy behaviors and the importance of regular health screenings. Join the meeting here.
      • View the recording here.
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Download the press release here.

Alexandra Vrabec

A lifetime Juneauite, Alexandra Vrabec earned a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Southeast. With over a decade of experience in communications and marketing, Alexandra has worked with city, state and non-profit organizations across Alaska. A national award-winning video producer, she brings creativity and strategic insight to her work, complemented by her expertise in non-profit organizational development and strategic planning.

The views and opinions expressed on the Wellness & Wisdom Blog belong to the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. The Wellness & Wisdom Blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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