NANANordic wins success story scholarship from Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute

NANANordic to share student cross-country skiing program at SHWI conference

Healthy schools, bodies and minds: that is what the Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute (SHWI) promotes and NANANordic is glad to be recognized as helping further the SHWI mission.  NANANordic is one of only six Success Story Scholarships being awarded this year.  
This year’s Institute will be at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage from October 29 –31.

Last year NANANordic brought some of the best cross-country skiers in the United States to Kotzebue, Kiana, Selawik and Noorvik to teach students in the NANA Region how to cross-country ski. This year NANANordic is planning to travel to all 11 villages in NANA’s Region.

As part of its’ seventh annual event, SHWI is flying Northwest Arctic Borough School District representative Scott Warren to Anchorage where, along with NANANordic founder Lars Flora, he will share his experiences assisting with NANANordic. The two will discuss the innovative skiing program with teachers, school nurses, public health nurses, counselors, school superintendents, school board members, administrative staff, school nutrition staff, parents and students from across Alaska. 

Last spring, Flora, a two-time Olympian, approached NANA Development Corporation (NDC) with the idea, including an opportunity to bring other volunteer coaches with him. Flora is humbled by SHWI’s support.  “What an honor.  To have a conference like this recognize the value NANANordic provides helps us so much.  It brings awareness of our program to more people and helps us get more kids off the couch and into a pair of skis.”

SHWI could not agree more.  Program Co-Chair Wendy Hamilton is excited to help others see what NANANordic is doing. “This type of sustainable effort really provides an amazing opportunity for schools and students. We are pleased to help it grow and prosper.”

NANA Development Corporation Vice President of Communications and Marketing Robin Kornfield said, “I like the way NANANordic has been able to work in partnership with multiple organizations that serve the students of the NANA region.  NANA, the school district, Maniilaq Association, other corporate sponsors have joined together to make this program happen. We are just getting started and I am looking forward to seeing even more people on skis this coming year.”

The theme for the 2012 Institute, Healthy Schools, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, highlights the important link between student health and academic success.  Schools play an important role in growing healthy students, and this year’s topics address both the physical and mental aspects of student health needs.

NANA Development Corporation is the business arm of NANA Regional Corporation, one of Alaska’s 13 Regional Native Corporations, representing more than 13,000 Iñupiat shareholders from northwest Alaska.  NDC employs more than 11,200 people around the world in industries including mining, oil and gas, engineering and construction, facilities management and logistics.

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For more information contact: Lars Flora-907-717-7627 or Robin Kornfield at 907 265 4131.

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