April health fairs, services around the state

April is a busy month for all Alaskans. Many of you are getting excited to be able to gather in outside groups for lots of fresh air and sunshine, hiking, biking, walking (with no ice cleats), camping, recreation, sports and other healthy activities.

Alaska Health Fair and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are teaming up for your health. We are pleased to offer free A1C screenings for those who qualify, while supplies last, and free resources on diabetes and prediabetes and a free membership in the Omada Health online program that you can claim today. This provides a dedicated health coach and care team to talk with on diet and exercise, along with interactive weekly lessons and smart devices, all delivered to your door, and more.

To receive Omada Health membership free of charge visit their website, click on “Check eligibility” and enter your Alaska zip code when in the form – https://go.omadahealth.com/alaska .

Give us a call for more information or visit http://www.alaskahealthfair.org. Take time to review current events and updated schedules on the website. All event dates are posted under specific Alaska regions – Southcentral, Southeast, Northern region.

On the website, scroll to the lower half of the main page. Find the community you are interested in, pick the city/date, select that line’s “Make Appointment” button and schedule your time.

You’ll quickly receive a confirmation from notifications@calendly.com, and subsequent reminders, with the ability to change or cancel.

If you experience difficulties, call our offices for assistance:  Anchorage 907-278-0234, Fairbanks 907-374-6853 and Juneau 907-723-5100.

April health fair dates:

April 2 Fairbanks, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 9 Seward, 8 a.m. to noon

April 22 Soldotna, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 23 Soldotna, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

April 23 Willow, 8 a.m. to noon

April 30 Salcha, 8 to 11 a.m.

Anchorage Office blood tests available; dates/times vary monthly

Fairbanks Office blood tests available; dates/times vary monthly

During these difficult times, we know that taking care of your health needs can be challenging. Take time to take care of yourself, as it is up to you to meet your personal health needs.

Sharon Phillips is the Alaska Health Fair, Inc. Tanana Valley/Northern Region program director.