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Big rewards for sticking with the Challenge

Congratulations to Allison, pictured here with her parents, and all the grand prize winners of the Healthy Futures Challenge.

We’ve just passed the midpoint of the spring Healthy Futures Challenge in a record 149 elementary schools across Alaska.

The numbers are still coming in from participating schools, but many children in Alaska have participated in at least one month of the three-month physical activity challenge.

There’s a big reward for children who show endurance – children who can stick with this healthy habit of regular physical activity and complete all three months of the challenge.

Children who turn in a log for February, March and April are entered into a random drawing for four, $300 grand prizes that be used on sports equipment or physical activity programs. In the past, children have used the prize money to buy cross country ski equipment, swim lessons, even Irish dance lessons, says Cindy Norquest, Healthy Futures program director.

Kindergartener Allison Galloway of Rabbit Creek Elementary School won one of the grand prizes from the fall 2012 Healthy Futures Challenge. She and her family used the money to pay for downhill ski lessons at Hilltop Ski Area in Anchorage. Watch the news story about Allison by KTVA Channel 11.

What would you do if you won a $300 sports package?