Physical education, health and classroom teachers across Alaska have volunteered their time to help make the free Healthy Futures Challenge run for so many years. Due to their involvement, thousands of young children have been able to participate six months every school year in a physical activity challenge that awards prizes for logging daily activity.
The Fall Healthy Futures Challenge begins Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in more than 170 schools in 32 school districts across Alaska. This year, teachers in these schools will be able to benefit, too — in a new way. Teachers who coordinate the Challenge at their schools will be able to apply for one continuing education credit. They can do that after registering and completing an online course called “EDPE 590: Healthy Futures for Elementary Educators,” offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage.
"We are always looking for ways to provide value to the teachers who agree to champion the Healthy Futures Challenge at their respective schools,” said Harlow Robinson, executive director of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame and Healthy Futures. “Providing continuing education credits is a tangible way we can honor their role in the partnership."
The online course costs $74 and was developed by Healthy Futures with support from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Teachers who sign up for the course must complete all parts of the Healthy Futures Challenge. That includes registration; entering all three physical activity log periods in September, October, and November; and distributing prizes to participating students. Teachers also need to complete several short assignments that include posting to a discussion board and sharing ideas among other teachers coordinating the Healthy Futures Challenge at their schools. More information about the course can be found on the syllabus. Interested teachers can find out how to register online. Questions about the course should be directed to Alyse Loran at Healthy Futures. She can be reached at email@example.com or (907) 360-6331.
Starting Sept. 1, students participating in the Healthy Futures Challenge will keep a log of their daily physical activity with the goal of being active at least 60 minutes a day for 15 days each month. This helps Alaska children get closer to the national recommendation of 60 minutes of physical activity every day for the best health. Students can count active time in gym class and during recess.
Is your child’s school signed up for the Fall Healthy Futures Challenge? It’s not too late to sign up online.