PUBLISHED: 8:12 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Kake to hold Honoring Our Veterans events
KAKE - The 10th annual Honoring Our Veterans potluck dinner takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Kake Community Center.

This event is sponsored by the Kake Healing Heart Council.

The dinner will be preceded at 1:30 p.m. by the Honoring Our Veterans walk that follows a short course from the Kake Community Center parking lot to Gunnuck Creek and back. Participants are encouraged to wear their military or Native regalia during the walk, and to bring their American flags. People should bring their favorite dish to share at the dinner, and healthy traditional Native foods are encouraged.

"We live in a free country because of the sacrifices of our men and women of the Armed Forces," said Dinah Aceveda, a SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Community Family Social Worker in Kake who is helping organize the event.

"Let's show our appreciation by sharing a thank-you dinner with our veterans."

The Honoring Our Veterans walk also will serve as an early celebration of two major health promotion events both scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 - National Native American Health and Fitness Day and World Diabetes Day.

National Native American Health and Fitness Day promotes health and wellness in Native American and Alaska Native communities around the country, while World Diabetes Day is designed to raise awareness about diabetes around the world.

Native Americans and Alaska Natives have some of the highest rates for diabetes among the country's major ethnic groups, and the best way to control or prevent diabetes is with regular physical activity and healthy eating.

For more information on the Honoring Our Veterans dinner and walk, contact SEARHC Community Wellness Advocate Georgie Reese at 785-3260 or Dinah Aceveda at 785-4892.