Articles written by Erin Widener

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  • Attention cancer patients: YMCA offers support

    Erin Widener, YMCA of Alaska|Aug 1, 2020

    In our fifth month of hunkering down, many of us consider ourselves very fortunate to have comfortable living conditions, sufficient income to keep the wolves from the door, and good health to enjoy our days. It is not always easy to adapt, but we’ll manage, and maybe even get a little bit used to some of the strangeness that came with the COVID virus. But, what if we had a cancer diagnosis during these months of quarantine, or what if we started receiving chemotherapy or radiation in the past five months? Many long-term survivors are still on...

  • Prediabetes is best controlled by lifestyle changes

    Octavia Chambers and Erin Widener and Chung Nim Ha, Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services|May 1, 2017

    Prediabetes is a surprisingly common condition among U.S. adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 86 million U.S. adults (more than one in three) have prediabetes, with only about 9 million even aware that they have it. Prediabetes not only increases a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but it can also have a significant impact on health care costs and overall well-being. Prediabetes is not just a condition of national concern, it is also a growing concern here in Alaska. According to the American D...

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