Health, Home and Family Development offers information on food safety, food preservation, nutrition, as well as many other topics.

Diabetes Self-Management Program

Take charge and feel better

The Diabetes Self-Management Program will help you take control of your diabetes rather than letting it control you!  This six week workshop will help you: Prevent or Delay complications, plan meals, deal with stress and depression, exercise more and learn about medication usage, positive thinking and communication skills.

Diabetes Prevention Program

16 week program and monthly follow-up for one year — $240

 Call Leslie Shallcross at 786-6313 for more information.

You may be at high risk for Type 2 diabetes, but there is something you can do about it.
Have you ever been told by a health care professional that you:

•    Are at risk for getting diabetes?
•    Have prediabetes?
•    Have borderline diabetes?
•    Have high blood sugar or glucose?
•    Had gestational diabetes?

Prediabetes Can Lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Without weight loss and  moderate physical activity, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years. The lifestyle changes you make will help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

But there is something you can do about it.This program follows the Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum. It is an approach that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and includes:
•    Trained lifestyle coach
•    CDC-approved curriculum
•    Registered dietician
•    Help with weight loss and physical activity plan

StrongWomen Class

StrongWomen is a strength-training program from Tufts University that is designed specifically for midlife and older women. The name StrongWomen should not frighten anyone away from this class -- the class is appropriate for anyone who wishes to increase muscle mass and bone density with easy, slow paced exercise.

Participants will quickly see increases in strength and enjoy the support of others in this non-competitive fitness class.

Call 786-6300 for more information or click here to find a program near you.

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

This is a free service provided to test pressure canner gauges for accuracy. Drop the gauge off at our office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Testing is generally completed within ten minutes.

Living Well Alaska

Learn how to feel better. A six-week workshop for people with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and/or chronic pain. Chronic conditions can make living a healthy life challenging. 
At a Living Well Alaska workshop, you learn to meet these challenges by:
·     Managing symptoms
·     Setting goals & solving problems
·     Dealing with depression & emotions
·     Using relaxation techniques
·     Working with your health care team
·     Eating well and being active

To pre-register for the next available class
Call 786-6313

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program

Nutrition assistants provide in-home and group nutrition education classes for low-income families. Target audience is families with young children.
Call 786-6300 for more information or email

Family and Community Education

These clubs offer educational programs to their membership on family living skills. The Hotline newsletter is sent to club members. Contact 786-6300 for further information.

Canning Fish Safely

Canning is a popular method to preserve fish; and, with proper processing, home-canned fish can be both high quality and safe to eat. Extension publications can show you how to prepare and process fish using pressure canner temperatures that will destroy the bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

These publications also gives answers to questions frequently asked, such as, "Is it safe to process fish in a boiling water canner?" (No. It is not safe.) "Is it safe to leave salt out of canned fish? (Yes. Add an amount suitable to your taste.) "Can previously frozen fish be canned? (Yes. Frozen fish can be canned. Thaw to refrigerator temperature first.)


Canning Fish in Jars

Canning the Catch is a publication that gives you step by step instructions for canning your fish.

Canning Fish in Quart Jars is a publication that helps you safely can your fish in quart jars.

Home Canning Smoked Fish

Home Canning Smoked Fish and Home Smoking Fish for Canning. Following the procedures in this publication will give the best results if you are planning to can your smoked fish. 

Freezing Fish

Freezing is the method most people choose for preserving their catch. Follow the preservation techniques in Home Freezing of Fish to keep the fish in good condition when freezing.

Food, Nutrition and Health

Publications on research-based food preservation information are available through our online catalog

Preserving Alaska's food

Preserving Alaska's Bounty provides web-based information on preserving food in Alaska. Topics include canning basics, canning products and methods, and meat products and methods.


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