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2013 Alaska Heart Run
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute is proud to be presenting sponsor of the Alaska Heart Run, benefitting the American Heart Association. Sunshine and frosty temperatures welcomed more than 100 Alaska Heart Institute team members and thousands of others who participated in the 2013 Alaska Heart Run on April 27.
The 35th Alaska Heart Run kicked off with our very own Dr. Thomas Kramer firing the starting pistol from the main ceremony stage. Our volunteer-staffed booth was right next to the finish line – a great location for spotting and cheering on runners and walkers as they crossed the finish line.
Alaska Heart Institute’s booth was not easily missed. Many came by to take their turn answering heart-health questions and spinning the prize wheel. By the end of the day, booth volunteers gave away hundreds of t-shirts, heart-shaped pedometers, sunglasses and water bottles.
Along the route, groups of people, bands and cheerleaders stood by to cheer for participants of all ages. It was evident by the number of Mended Hearts hats and t-shirts with survivors slogans that heart disease touches the lives of many people.
And it’s not too late to join us this year in supporting the American Heart Association. Keep an eye out for our team registration for this fall’s Heart Walk in Anchorage.
Meet the Alaska Heart Institute Team
Thomas Kramer, M.D.
Dr. Kramer earned his degree in medicine from the University of Utah Medical College. He specializes in interventional cardiology and is board-certified in interventional cardiology and internal medicine. Dr. Kramer not only supports Alaska Heart Institute patients in the clinic but also in the community. This photo is of Dr. Kramer firing the starting pistol at the 35th Annual Alaska Heart Run.
Heart Friendly Calendar
JUNE // National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month
This is the perfect month to set a personal goal to get your recommended five servings a day of fruits and vegetables!
JUNE 1 // Tour de Cure Fairbanks
WHERE: Alaska Dog Musher’s Hall.
Register today at diabetes.org/fairbankstour
JUNE 1-7 // CPR Awareness Week
Everyone should know how to perform CPR – you never know when you could be the difference between life and death.
JUNE 7 – 16 // Slam’n Salm’n Derby
Raise money for Downtown Soup Kitchen while fishing for kings along Ship Creek, Anchorage.
JUNE 8 // Alaska Run for Women 5K
WHERE: Anchorage Football Stadium, event begins at 8:30am.
Register at akrfw.org
JULY 13 // Bear Paw 5K Run
WHERE: Eagle River at the intersection of Farm Ave. and Old Glenn Hwy
Run starts at 10:30am Register at www.cer.org or www.skinnyraven.com
JULY 27 // Dog Jog
WHERE: East High School, registration begins at 8:30am
Get some exercise for you and your favorite furry friend!
Register at friendsofpets.org
JULY 28 // Alaska Diabetes Camp for Children
WHERE: Camp Kushtaka in Cooper Landing
AUGUST 4 // Pennock Island Swim
WHERE: Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan
Help raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and raise awareness about diabetes when you compete in this fun, 8.2 mile open-water race.
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AUGUST 10 // Kenai Peninsula Run for Women
WHERE: Meet at 9am at Kenai City Park
Get your heart rate up while supporting the LeeShore Center domestic violence and sexual assault shelter
Register at leeshoreak.org
AUGUST 10-11 // Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival
WHERE: Girdwood, Alyeska Resort
Blueberries are great for your heart – high fiber content, full of antioxidants and able to dissolve “bad cholesterol”. To us, that’s reason enough to spend a weekend celebrating blueberries!
Grilled Rosemary Salmon Skewers
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 lb center-cut salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 1 in. cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2. Combine rosemary, oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add salmon; toss to coat. Alternating the salmon and potatoes, divide among eight 12-in. skewers.
3. Oil the grill rack. Grill the skewers, carefully turning once, until the salmon is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Service immediately.
*This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart Program. For more simple, quick and affordable recipes, visit heart.org/simplecooking
Easy to strenuous hikes for explorers of all abilities
Take advantage of the long hours of daylight by engaging in heart-healthy activities outdoors. You don’t have to be an experienced hiker or journey far to enjoy the Alaska wilderness. Here are a few of our favorite hikes around the state, ranging from easy to strenuous levels of difficulty.
Winner Creek Trail – Girdwood (easy)
The Winner Creek Trail meanders through Chugach National Forest and has very little elevation gain. Located just 45 minutes from downtown Girdwood, you can access the trailhead from either Crow Creek Road or just east of Hotel Alyeska. Out and back is about 5 miles through dense spruce, lush fern and devil’s club. About halfway through, you’ll step onto a hand-powered tram that will carry you across the glacial-fed waters of Winner Creek Gorge.
Angel Rocks Hiking Trail – Chena Hot Springs Rd. (moderate)
Angel Rocks Hiking Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail that leads to Angel Rocks: large granite outcroppings near the north boundary of Chena River State Recreation area. Hiking this trail can take just a couple of hours or become a leisurely day trip. This moderate hike is the first leg of the Angel Rocks-Chena Hot Springs Traverse, a more difficult 8.3 mile trek that ends at the Chena Hot Springs Resort.
Harding Icefield Trail – Kenai Fjords National Park (strenuous)
This 8.2 mile round trip trail is a spectacular, yet challenging, day hike. Starting on the valley floor, the trail winds through cottonwood and alder forests, passes through heather filled meadows and finally climbs well above the tree line to a breath-taking view of the icefield and Exit Glacier.