Wellness Wednesday

Wednesdays at 10:00am
  • Hosted by YKHC Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Irniamta Ikayurviat, Tundra Women’s Coalition
  • Local Host Elyssa Loughlin

Wellness Wednesday is a talk show about health and wellness throughout the Y-K Delta that features health care providers from Bethel and the Y-K  Delta region. The program airs at 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday with hosts from YKHC Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Irniamta Ikayurviat, Public Health Nursing, and Tundra Women's Coalition. 

This week, Elena Aluksak from the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) joins us for a conversation on child safety. Aluksak and callers discuss what the responsibilities of caretakers are in keeping children safe with regards to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Charlotte Gruber

Mental health professional Charlotte Gruber joins us this week for a special discussion on mental health and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our bodies and minds. For resources discussed in this episode, please see below.


Michael Bialy

Join us for discussion topics such as protection within self-care, social balance, and the healthy mind platter with TWC's Outreach and Prevention Coordinator Michael Bialy, and on-staff counselor Shelly Andrews.

Join us for a conversation with Outreach and Prevention Coordinator Michael Bialy, and Executive Director Eileen Arnold from Tundra Women's Coalition (TWC). This week, Bialy and Arnold discuss the history and mission of TWC, Bethel's women and children's shelter.   

In this show we are joined by Elena Aluskak, the outreach coordinator at Irniamta Ikayurviat, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Bethel. She discusses how to empower children, and how to teach them to be strong. 

In this show, we are joined by YKHC Nicotine Dependence Counselor Aiden Keller and exercise physiologist Miles Rice. They discuss the effects of tobacco on diabetes, and how to stay active during quarantine. 

In this show, we are joined by Jessica Cochran from Anchorage Community Mental Health Services as she talks to her guests from around the state about children's mental health, and how to talk about a child's mental health during these hard times. 

North Star Behavioral Health

In this show, we talk with Janie Ferguson and Haley Morrissey, clinical community liaisons for North Star Behavioral Health. They discuss Mental Health Awareness Month, the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, and how the pandemic is affecting mental health. 

In this show, Julie Thompson, a public health clinician, and Nicholai Joekay looked at alcohol misuse in Alaska. They looked at Nicholai's alcohol recovery journey, and discussed the work they do with Recover Alaska.

On this week's show, Charlie Ess, a Wellness Coordinator with the Rural Community Action Program, or RurAL CAP, talks about youth engagemnet in tobacco prevention and cessation. He discusses what motivates people to join the cause, and tells his own quitting story. Listen to the end to hear a segment from a youth conference hosted by Ess.