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Got Time to Get Out and Play?

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Olympic skier Kikkan Randall gets out and plays every day with Anchorage kids. (credit Boys and Girls Club)

We hope so.

The September Healthy Futures Challenge begins this Sunday, September 8. Participation last spring hit record levels: 136 schools and almost 10,500 individual students.

Even more schools have signed up to participate this fall throughout Alaska, with 145 elementary schools getting ready to kick off the Challenge this month. To find out if your child’s school is participating, look at the list of schools posted on the Healthy Futures

Here’s how kids complete the Challenge:
• Be physically active at least three days a week outside of gym class.
• Track your activity on a simple log form that the schools hand out.
• Turn the log in at school for a free, cool prize.
• Do the Challenge again in October and November.

How can you get all those minutes? The possibilities are endless – you just have to get out and play. You could take a walk with your family on Monday. If you live in the Anchorage area, you could run in the Tuesday Night Race series. Don’t worry, for the youngest racers (called Munchkins), it’s a short-distance fun run through the woods. The point isn’t to win; it’s to get out, get active and have a great time together. On Thursday, you could play a game of hoops in the driveway after school. When there’s more time on the weekend, join your family for a hike on a local trail. To find other community events, visit the Healthy Futures calendar.

Want more information? Read our post about the five simple steps to successfully complete the Challenge. At least 30 minutes of activity three days a week is needed to complete the challenge, but we’re not going to stop you if you do more! More is better. Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day for the best health. This fall, let’s see if we can get even more Alaska children to have fun and get out and play, every day.

Take the Challenge!