Welcome to the new school year! I am looking forward to working with you and your child, and pleased to announce our school will be participating in the Healthy Futures Challenge this year.
The contest will run for three months, September, October and November. In addition to students winning prizes, our school can win up to a $600 grant for equipment or educational materials that support the mission of developing the habit of daily physical activity. The top three schools with the highest percentage of participation will then be awarded grants.
What is Healthy Futures? Founded by concerned parents, Healthy Futures is a statewide, grassroots movement to help youth build positive, lifelong physical fitness habits through two core programs: the Healthy Futures Activity Log Challenge and promoting youth attendance at local recreational events.
Why Healthy Futures? Kids are not as active as they should be. They need daily vigorous physical activity to build strength, endurance, healthy muscles and bones or they may face tough problems like obesity, anxiety, and lower self-esteem. At Airport Heights, we are committed to helping students develop the skills, knowledge and desire they need in order to be physically active now and for the rest of their lives. Parents and the community also play a critical role in the solution for healthier, active children by providing motivation, encouragement and daily opportunities for recreation beyond the classroom.
How does your child participate in Healthy Futures? With your encouragement, your child participates in physical activity for a consecutive 4-week period. This year our logs will be kept in the health classroom and students will record their activity for the week when they attend health class. The goal is a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity with increased heart rate three times a week for four consecutive weeks outside of the physical education classroom. I will in turn, send in completed logs in exchange for exciting prizes, including the chance to win a grand prize sports package of their choice, worth up to $300.
This is a wonderful program that is sure to benefit your child and our school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’ve included a website that list activities the whole family can enjoy. www.playeveryday.alaska.gov
Ms. Cheryl Childers, health teacher