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It's time for the Healthy Futures Challenge: Find out if your child's school is signed up


The Dorsch-Aften family gets outside to play every day, just another way to commit to the Healthy Futures Challenge and lifelong health.
 
 
 
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Our kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen their hearts, bodies and minds, and build healthy habits that last a lifetime. The Healthy Futures program helps us rise to the challenge by motivating thousands of kids to get moving each year.
 
Judging from the program’s growth, kids and schools love the results.The 2014 Spring Healthy Futures Challenge kicks off this week in a record 169 elementary schools from 37 Alaska school districts, up from 36 schools and four school districts three years ago.
 
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.