You can view the full newsletter by clicking here – Winter 2016, or read below.
A Letter from AHVI CEO and 2016 Go Red for Women Chair Keli Hite McGee
I invite each of you to join the American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement in support of a mission that is near and dear to so many of us – to lead healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, while encouraging our loved ones to do the same.
The Go Red for Women conference and luncheon, being held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, is an empowering, enlightening and fun event designed to create awareness, provide education and raise funds for the battle against the number one cause of death for women in the United States: heart disease.
Having seen the effects of heart disease and stroke firsthand, I, along with the entire team at the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute, take great pride in supporting the American Heart Association. The organization strives to make advancements in the world of cardiovascular health that support our work in the research field as well as in patient care, and AHVI has been a proud sponsor of these efforts for more than a decade. This year, our own Dr. Watkins will even be one of the presenters during the conference’s health education seminars.
We support Go Red for Women because we understand the importance of educating everyone about the potential risks of cardiovascular disease. Go Red for Women makes a positive impact on all who attend through health seminars, screenings and life-changing stories. It provides women with the knowledge and tools needed to empower others to spread this important message. In addition to helping members of our family and community improve their heart health, the funds we raise will support vital research and continue our goal of increased community awareness for years to come.
This year, Andrea Beaman, a nationally renowned holistic health coach and natural foods chef, is the keynote speaker. Since 1999, she has taught health practitioners and the community at large how to harness the body’s own incredible preventative and healing powers with nutritional practices that are:
- Seasonal, local and organic
- Aligned with each person’s unique environment and biochemistry
- Rooted in traditional wisdom, intuition and common sense
- Focused on the physical, emotional and spiritual contributors to good health
On behalf of the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute and the entire Go Red for Women team, I hope that each of you will join us for this special event.
Keli Hite McGee
2016 Go Red for Women Chair
CEO, Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute
A special “Go Red” edition of heart-healthy recipes!
Baked Pears with Cranberry Apple Reduction
From the kitchen of Andrea Beaman, holistic health coach and natural foods chef
Twenty years ago, Andrea Beaman was diagnosed with an “incurable” disease. Instead of listening to her doctor’s advice to destroy her thyroid with radiation, she clawed her way back to health through natural eating, proactive lifestyle choices and several healthy improvements to her mind and body. Andrea is a strong believer that good nutrition doesn’t have to be hard, but rather eating delicious foods that are seasonal, local and responsibly farmed. Try this take on baked pears for a delicious and healthy sweet treat this winter. Andrea is the featured keynote speaker at the 2016 Go Red for Women luncheon in Anchorage on Wednesday, March 2.
- 4 Bosc Pears
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 to 8 cloves
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut a thin slice on the bottom of each pear to stabilize.
- Pour fruit juice into the baking pan; add cinnamon sticks and cloves.
- Roast pears, basting every 15 minutes until tender, brown and puckered.
- Remove pears and place on serving plate.
- Pour remaining liquid into a small saucepan and bring to high heat.
- Once sauce has reduced by half, drizzle over roasted pears.
HEART–FRIENDLY // CALENDAR
December 4 // Winter Wonderland Walk and Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Downtown Eagle River Commons from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Learn more at CER.org.
December 12 // 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage Student Union
Kids Fun Run begins at 10:50 a.m.; Jingle Bell Run/Walk begins at 11:15 a.m.
December 19 // Willow Winter Solstice Marathon
Where: Willow Community Center. Race starts at 9 a.m.
Learn more at WillowRunningCompany.com.
January 16 // Polar Bear 5K Fun Run
Where: Alaska Zoo at 10 a.m.
Learn how you can raise money for the Polar Bear Project with this 5K at AlaskaZoo.org.
January 25 // Skinny Raven Half Marathon
Where: Alaska Dome event at 11 a.m.
Learn more about this event at SkinnyRaven.com.
February 5 // National Wear Red Day as a part of American Heart Month
Learn more at AmericanHeart.org.
February 7 // Alaska Ski for Women
Where: Kincaid Park at 10:30 a.m.
Learn more at AnchorageNordicSki.com.
February 26 – March 6 // Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Where: Downtown Anchorage
Learn more about all activities, including the Frostbite Foot Race and Fun Run as well as the Running of the Reindeer, at FurRondy.net.
Family Tree of Heart Health
Did you know that having a parent or sibling with cardiovascular disease means your risk is increased by as much as 100 percent? Or, that your chance of having a stroke is increased if immediate family members have had strokes? Bottom line: family history is strongly linked to your risk for heart disease.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute cares about you and your heart, which is why we offer advanced imaging and diagnostic testing. Remember, the key to preventing heart disease is knowing what your risk factors are and how to manage them. Map out your blood relatives’ health history using this tree of heart health and ask your doctor what it means to you and your family.
Make an appointment for your cardiovascular screening today at AlaskaHeart.com or by calling 907-561-3211.
MEET THE ALASKA HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE TEAM
Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute welcomes Dr. Jonathan McDonagh to its team of cardiovascular experts.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute was proud to grow its team to 25 specialty cardiologists with the addition of Jonathan R. McDonagh, M.D., at the beginning of October. Dr. McDonagh joined the AHVI team shortly after completing two fellowships with the University of Michigan’s Medical Center and will be based in the clinic’s main office in Anchorage.
Dr. McDonagh received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1995. In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He then completed his residency at the University of Washington in 2005. Afterward, he relocated to Alaska, where he practiced in Soldotna for five years before heading to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to complete fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology.
“It is exciting to be returning to Alaska and to have the opportunity to serve the patients of the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute,” said Dr. McDonagh. “I look forward to adding my own unique experiences to the organization as we continue to grow and deliver superb service to our patients.”
With six locations across the state, AHVI takes pride in being the leading provider of cardiovascular care in Alaska.