More than 17,000 children are expected to join the spring challenge by walking, climbing, dancing, leaping, skiing, playing ball, setting up home obstacle courses, and coming up with other creative ways to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week.
The current challenge consists of three four-week periods beginning Feb. 2, March 2 and March 30. Kids sign up at their schools, play every day, and then turn in completed activity logs for prizes like reflective gear, stopwatches and other useful items. Students who turn in three consecutive logs during the challenge will be entered into a drawing for $300 sports packages that can be used to buy equipment or lessons that promote physical activity.
Healthy Futures also gives cash awards to 12 schools each Challenge period, based on the highest percentage of participation for their school’s population. Prizes range from $200 to $600 and the money can be spent on physical fitness gear or educational materials. A lottery will award an additional three schools with $200 awards.
Healthy Futures is the signature program of the nonprofit Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
. It has support from many partners, including the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.