Healthy Futures program director Cindy Norquest and her daughters.
For more than four years, I have been the program director of an enthusiastic grassroots group called Healthy Futures.
Healthy Futures was created by two Alaska parents who were concerned about the health of Alaska’s children. Over time, it evolved into the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Our mission is to empower Alaska’s children to build the habit of daily physical activity into their lives.
We do this through three programs:
- Running a Physical Activity Log Challenge through Alaska schools.
- Supporting community events by making them fun and affordable for Alaska families.
- Working with positive, physically active Alaska role models. (Think of our Olympic skiers, Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks, among so many others.)
In 2011, we partnered for the first time with the Department of Health and Social Services. We work together on the Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge
that’s offered twice a year through Alaska schools, once in the fall and again in the spring. The Challenge is a way to reward students for being physically active over a three-month period. The next Challenge will run February, March and April.
During the Challenge, students record their physical activity on a Healthy Futures Activity Log for four weeks. At the end of the four weeks, students turn in their completed activity logs to their school coordinator – typically the PE or health teacher – to receive an incentive for being active. Students who complete all three activity logs during the Challenge are entered into a grand prize drawing. Four grand prize drawings are offered each Challenge period. The grand prize is $300 that can go toward lessons (like swimming or other sports), registration fees, or any equipment that promotes physical activity. In addition, schools with the highest level of student participation can win cash prizes up to $1,500 per year to spend on physical education equipment.
Parents can support the Challenge by volunteering at their school to help collect activity logs, pick up and/or deliver incentives, and by being physically active with their child every day. To find out if your school is registered for the spring challenge, visit www.healthyfuturesak.org
. Thank you for working with us to help our kids get active and healthy!
Cindy Norquest is the program director for Healthy Futures, the signature program of the nonprofit Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Healthy Futures has been promoting and encouraging childhood physical activity since 2003. Alaska parents concerned about the growing obesity problem in Alaska founded Healthy Futures. For more information, visitwww.healthyfuturesak.org.