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Story last updated at 3:39 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SVT Health Center celebrates National Health Center Week

The SVT Health Center celebrated National Health Center Week in early August with a focus on back-to-school and healthy lifestyles.

The activities at the SVT Health Center included a drawing for a free bicycle, which was won by local teenager Lindsey Seneff, and a bounce house for younger children.

Families who visited the SVT Health Center during National Health Center Week received a backpack that they filled with free school supplies.

SVT Health Center Director Beckie Noble said 68 students received sports/school physicals during the week, and 17 of those students also received dental screenings.

State Rep. Paul Seaton also staffed a booth with information about the Alaska Vitamin D Resolution, which aims to increase awareness of vitamin D deficiencies, testing and supplementation.

In July, Mayor James Hornaday issued a proclamation declaring the week of Aug. 7-13 Health Center Week in Alaska. As part of the proclamation, Mayor Hornaday encouraged "all community residents to recognize and support the important contribution of Alaska's health centers in improving the quality of life for all Alaskans." In early August, Gov. Sean Parnell also named Aug. 7-13 Community Health Center Week.

The SVT Health Center provides medical and dental care to residents of the communities of Homer, Seldovia and Anchor Point.

The center is owned and operated by the Seldovia Village Tribe, which promotes wellness in the southern Kenai Peninsula through health care and social services, economic development and education.