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Health care providers prescribe recreation; SEARHC helps pay the bill


December 23, 2021

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Lucy Robinson, recreation coordinator at Wrangell Parks and Recreation, said people can sign up for a card that acts like a prescription and grants them access to exercise programs and other physical activities, courtesy of funds from SEARHC.

Eat your fruits and veggies, move around plenty and drink lots of water – a combination of these recommendations have come from health care providers for generations.

Doctors have always told patients exercise is important, said Dr. Victor Sanoe Harrison, lead hospitalist at Wrangell Medical Center under the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. What's new is that an entity like SEARHC is helping to pay the costs for exercise.

"Exercise has been prescribed forever," Harrison said, "just finding someone to pay for it is novel."

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