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HEALTH/WELLNESS

Substance abuse solutions

Conference offers MORE DETAILS Women learn risk factors for heart disease at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center.
hope to create healthy
communities The two-day Substance Abuse: A Advice to take to heart
Community Response Conference kicks
Contributed by Tamara Clark, off at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, On Feb. 25, folks showed up to HEART HEALTH AND KIDS
event coordinator, TOGETHER! and runs through 1:30 p.m. Thursday, support a lunch and learn event
April 28 at Great Wolf Lodge Conference for women’s heart health as part of On Feb. 19, children at Head Start Early
The Substance Abuse: A Center, 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, American Heart Month at the Chehalis Learning Center were shown that what
Community Response Conference Centralia. Tribal Wellness Center. Heart disease we eat and the good choices we make will
aims to increase awareness of new, For more information, contact Tamara and stroke cause one in three deaths keep our hearts healthy and strong for a
proven and/or promising techniques Clark, event coordinator, TOGETHER! among women each year – more than solid foundation in life. They learned that
and programs that are being at 360-493-2230, ext. 10, or go to all cancers combined. It is a deadly eating salmon and other types of fish will
used to address all spectrums of thurstontogether.org. disease, but you can take steps to avoid keep their hearts in good shape. It just
substance abuse from prevention to some of the complications. happened that salmon was served that
intervention, treatment and aftercare. ALSO day for their lunch.
Participants examined various
Join us for keynote presentations by The Tsapowum Chehalis Tribal materials supplied by the Special your risk for developing cardiovascular
Dr. Chan Hellman, a world-renowned Behavioral Health Program will sponsor Diabetes Program for Indians. Many disease such as angina (chest pain),
researcher on hope, as well as our four tribal members for this event. people were shocked to discover how heart attack, stroke (caused by blood
community’s own Liz Davis, who will Please contact Christine Semanko, much sugar and fat is in common food clots) and peripheral artery disease.
provide a deeper look at neurobiology, counselor, at 360-709-1701 to sign up. that they consumed daily. After lunch,
epidemiology, adverse childhood there was a short video about what can Steps you can take to reduce stress:
experiences and resiliency. The event address the second day covering cause heart disease. n Deep breathing
also will include a screening of the the neurobiology, epidemiology and n Meditation
documentary “Paper Tigers.” resilience related to ACEs and the Some of the discussion during n Visit with a friend
increase of new research during the question-and-answer session n Daily activities you enjoy (such as
Topics such as marijuana policy, the past 20 years of using ACEs to also was shocking. Risk factors are go for a walk)
recovery, peer education, e-cigarettes, reliably predict trouble later in life. uncontrollable, but lifestyle changes Practicing these can reduce how
innovative prevention approaches, were discussed. your heart can be affected on a daily
prevention in tribal communities, “Paper Tigers”: A plenary viewing basis. Good health can be achieved
and housing and homelessness on the first conference day of this Do you smoke? Are you physically when you make lifestyle changes.
and their connection to addiction/ documentary captures pain, danger, inactive? If you’re a woman, do you
recovery will be covered. beauty and hope of teens struggling have more than one drink a day? Do
with toxic stress in their lives and you eat a diet high in fat? How do you
Highlights the educators armed with new respond to stress? The answers to all of
science and fresh approaches that are the above could also impact your risk
Hope Research: Dr. Hellman, changing their lives for the better. for heart disease and stroke.
Ph.D., will give the keynote address
on the first day and a follow-up The conference is planned by Knowing your numbers is
breakout session introducing TOGETHER! in collaboration with important! The American Heart
research regarding hope and the local and statewide partners such as Association recommends you be aware
impact it has relating to substance the Thurston County Drug Action of the following key numbers:
abuse, ACEs
and resilience. Team and the n Blood pressure less than 120/80
Washington n Fasting blood sugar less than 100
Beyond Association for n Body Mass Index less than 25
ACEs 101: Substance Abuse These numbers will allow you and
Davis will give and Violence your health care provider to determine
the keynote Prevention.

Join challenge to quit smoking

The Centers for Disease Control include milestone badges, links to
has launched a Facebook event for quit, resources, tips, encouragement
those who want to quit smoking, but and exclusive video content with
still need to take the first step. words of advice from participants.

What is it? 30 Smokefree Days When is it? It started March 1 and
lets users RSVP to the event, which runs through March 30
allows them to join a supportive
community with daily quitting The Chehalis Tribal Wellness
inspiration. The event page serves as Center has providers available to
a resource for people to find support assist you in achieving your goals to
and get helpful tips on how to quit quit smoking. For more information,
smoking and stick with it. Posts call the Chehalis Tribal Wellness
Clinic at 360-273-5504.
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