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Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Gets Out in the Community
As a part of the Alaska community since 1999, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute has a firm commitment to supporting the communities where we live and work. AHVI believes that increasing awareness and research efforts can help prevent heart disease and lower the staggering statistics that continue to plague our community and nation at large. Fortunately, the opportunities to support Alaska and the people that call the Last Frontier home are plentiful! Here are just a few of the worthwhile causes that we support:
American Heart Association
AHVI supports the American Heart Association’s mission to raise funds and awareness for the fight against heart disease through its support of numerous events including the Alaska Heart Run, the Alaska Heart Walk and the Go Red for Women Conference and Luncheon.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
Whether it’s walking or raising funds, AHVI supports the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes as a fun and healthy way to show support for those living with type 1 diabetes.
Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
AHVI supports the health and emotional benefits of music, art and creativity through its sponsorship of Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.
Alaska Mended Hearts
Through providing Mended Hearts hats for the Alaska Heart Run and Heart Walk and actively promoting and participating in Mended Hearts’ monthly meetings and annual seminar, AHVI supports Mended Hearts Chapter 290’s mission to improve the quality of life for heart patients and their families.
Roasted Chicken Breast with Corn Salsa
Owner Frank Eagle of Lavelle’s Bistro in Fairbanks offers visitors and locals a warm, comforting atmosphere and presents a selection of delectable menu dishes. At Lavelle’s each dish is made to order, and the restaurant is known for its extensive wine cellar. Lavelle’s roasted chicken breast with corn salsa is light, refreshing and a perfect heart-healthy meal for the summer season. Bon appétit! For more information, visit www.lavellesbistro.com or call 907-450-0555.
Ingredients for chicken:
1 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Juice of 1/2 lime
Ingredients for salsa:
1/2 c. blanched frozen corn
1/2 c. diced Roma tomatoes
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 sprig parsley, chopped
Juice of one lime
1/4 medium red onion, chopped
1tbs. vegetable oil
Brush boneless chicken breast with some lime juice then sprinkle both sides to taste with granulated garlic, cinnamon, cumin and smoked paprika. Combine all salsa ingredients and mix together.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place prepped chicken in oven for approximately 15 minutes or until juice of chicken runs clear when pierced with a knife. Alternate preparation for this dish includes pan-searing chicken on the stove with a tablespoon of olive oil.
Plating: Spoon salsa on plate and top with hot chicken breast for a taste, temperature and texture sensation.
Heart Friendly // Calendar
Summer // Alaska Farmers Markets
Shop for fresh produce & Alaska-made goods throughout the summer from a variety of vendors around the state. www.alaskagrown.org
JUNE 1 – 7 // CPR Awareness Week
Red Cross chapters across the country will conduct CPR/AED classes, demonstrations and events to raise awareness on the importance of CPR & AED training. www.american.redcross.org
JUNE 7 // Alaska Run for Women
WHERE: Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Event starts at 8:30 a.m. Register now at www.akrfw.org.
JUNE 8 // Bill Mitchell 5K Fun Run/Walk
WHERE: In Palmer at the Mat-Su Borough parking lot. Register at www.palmerchamber.org.
JUNE 13 – 22 // Slam’n Salm’n Derby
Raise money for Anchorage’s Downtown Soup kitchen while fishing for king salmon along Ship Creek. www.downtownsoupkitchen.org/salmon-derby
JUNE 21 // Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon & Half Marathon
WHERE: Events take place throughout Anchorage on Saturday, June 21. To register or learn more, visit www.mayorsmarathon.com.
JUNE 28 // Color Run 5K
WHERE: This colorful 5K begins and ends at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena. Register now at www.thecolorrun.com/anchorage.
JULY 12 // 5K Bear Paw Classic
WHERE: Downtown Eagle River, starts at 10:30 a.m. Learn more at www.bearpawfestival.org.
JULY 20 // Her Tern Women’s Half Marathon
WHERE: West end of the Delaney Park Strip in Anchorage. Learn more at www.skinnyraven.com/races/her-tern2014.
AUGUST 2 // Alaska 10K Classic
The race begins on the Alaska Pacific University campus. To register, visit www.skinnyraven.com/races/alaska-10k-classic.races/her-tern2014.
AUGUST 16 // Big Wild Life Runs
WHERE: Downtown Anchorage. To register for one of the eight races, visit www.bigwildliferuns.org.
AUGUST 17 // Annual Alaska Mended Hearts Charity Golf Tournament
WHERE: Eagle Glen Golf Course on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). To register, please contact Ron Crowl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute Team
The team at the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is dedicated to leading active and heart-healthy lifestyles, and Alaska provides the ideal backdrop for leading this type of life. Kymberli Brock, an ANP in the Mat-Su office, and her family are adamant about getting outside and enjoying the many activities Alaska affords.
“As far as summer fun, there is nothing better than being outside,” said Kymberli, who moved to Alaska with her husband Chip and 15-year-old daughter McKinley from the Midwest more than five years ago. “Whether it is hiking, boating, floating, fishing, flying, there is always something for
everyone to enjoy! Chip and I grew up in the Midwest and have always loved heading to the mountains. Our daughter McKinley also loves the outdoors.”
One of the family’s favorite activities is hiking. While Kymberli and her family all love hiking in the fresh air, especially around Denali National Park, the outdoors is also her husband’s “office,” which provides all the more incentive to get outside to enjoy it. Chip is a long-time wildlife painter, and he gains most of his inspiration from taking pictures of Alaska’s breathtaking natural surroundings and famed wildlife, including moose, caribou, bears and sheep. The Brocks pack camera gear on every hike because they never know what they are going to see. Kymberli knows that even if they have hiked the same trail 50 times, they will never see the same thing twice. The trio will take thousands of pictures of wildlife, and then Chip sorts out the best of those photos to put onto canvas with oil painting.
Kymberli touts Alaska as an amazing place where the air is cleaner and the sights are spectacular, and the best way to experience it is to get to the outdoors and take it all in.
Benefits of Staying Hydrated
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute reminds Alaskans to stay hydrated as they get outdoors to enjoy the long summer days. In addition to assisting with memory function, internal temperature control, joint lubrication and immune health, staying hydrated is critical for heart health. Keeping the body well hydrated allows the heart to pump blood through blood vessels and muscles properly.