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Alaska elementary schools can join Spring Healthy Futures Challenge this week 


The first 150 schools that sign up get prizes for students who participate.

15,794 kids.

That’s how many children in Alaska committed to being physically active this fall, and followed through.

All of those elementary school kids in 143 schools across the state took part in the statewide Healthy Futures Challenge this fall.

An anticipated record number of participants will take part in the spring Challenge that kicks off in February.

Elementary schools can sign up for the Spring Challenge on the Healthy Futures website now through 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Students participate for free and win incentives for being active. Schools can win, too, through grants given to schools with the highest participation.

Current funding allows the program to give the first 150 schools a “Get out and Play, Every Day” banner and incentive prizes for participating students. After 150 schools sign up, additional schools will be added to a waiting list pending additional funding.

Healthy Futures, the signature program of the nonprofit Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, became a partner with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Play Every Day campaign in fall 2011. That spring, 36 schools signed up and about 1,300 children completed the Challenge.

Look where the Challenge is today:

  • This fall, 143 elementary schools and 30 school districts across Alaska participated.
  • A record 15,794 Alaska children were physically active and logged that activity.
  • One out of five Alaska elementary school students participated in the Fall Healthy Futures Challenge.
  • One out of three Anchorage elementary school students participated in the Fall Challenge.

Here are the details about the Healthy Futures Challenge for spring 2014.

  • Who:
    All Alaska elementary school children, kindergarten through sixth grade
  • What:
    Students keep logs of their physical activity outside gym class. Each month, students submit logs to a school staff member who record them on a simple electronic database. Healthy Futures mails incentives to the school for distribution at no cost to the teachers or staff.
  • When:
    Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge Period — February, March, April 2014
  • Where:
    Alaska schools, with the help of Healthy Futures, the Department of Health and Social Services, school staff and parents.
  • How:
    Sign up at www.healthyfuturesak.org.