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ACT on the Trail promotes wellness during Iditarod

February 17, 2017

ACT on the Trail is back supporting the health and wellness of our Alaska Native people along the route of the Last Great Race.

For the second-straight Iditarod season, ANTHC is pleased to partner with Alaskans Changing Together (ACT), an initiative for all communities across Alaska to come together with a shared hope and vision for wellness.

Led by two Kotzebue Iditarod mushers, Katherine Keith and John Baker, the aim of ACT on the Trail is to empower Alaskans to establish wellness goals, encourage their families, friends and neighbors in wellness, and to prevent abuse, neglect, suicide and suffering in rural Alaskan communities.

ANTHC staff will travel to select communities to host pop-up health fairs.

The community health fairs will visit:

McGrath – March 8
McGrath Community Library

Unalakleet – March 9
Community Center

Nome – March 16-19
Lonnie O’Connor Iditarod Basketball Classic (Nome Recreational Center) and the Nome Iditarod Headquarters (Mini Convention Center)

ANTHC programs visiting health fairs include tobacco cessation, injury prevention, suicide prevention, substance abuse and prescription medication take-back.

ANTHC staff will be at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, March 4. Staff will cheer on mushers, carry banners and signs, and will be joined by Alaska Native drummers.

Additionally, Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation will host an Iditarod ceremonial start celebration on Saturday, March 4 at 4000 Ambassador Drive in Anchorage. The event will begin at 10 a.m., and go until the last team mushes by. Enjoy gourmet hot chocolate and light refreshments inside the ANTHC Consortium Office Building.

Learn more about ACT on the Trail and how your community can get involved by visiting

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