Our first year of active participation in the Healthy Futures Campaign has ended! For 6 months students have logged their physical activity outside of the school day and by so doing they have worked toward being more ‘fit’ and earned some prizes along the way!Healthy Futures

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 also play a critical role in the solution for healthier, active children by providing motivation, encouragement and daily opportunities for recreation.

In our first month of participation there were 87 logs completed. Then the next five months followed with 148, 162, 156, 179 and last month 203 logs completed. The minimum goal was 30 minutes, 3 times a week. Many students exceeded this.

I wish everyone a healthy, happy summer. Remember to get out and play, every day!

~Ms. Childers

Safe Kids Alaska,SafeKids led by Providence Alaska Medical Center, is once again partnering with the Anchorage Fire Department. 2015 is the 10th summer season of the Anchorage Bike Helmet Project.

With generous funding from Providence Alaska Medical Center, bicycle helmets will be available at all AFD stations for children and teens up to age 16.

Beginning April 15, families are welcome to stop by any Anchorage Fire Department Station, 7 days per week, between the hours of 10:00am and 7:00pm, to have children fitted with bike helmets! 

(AFD Crews may be off-site at any time conducting emergency responses.) 

*No appointment necessary 

*Children MUST BE PRESENT to be fit with a helmet 

*Helmets are provided at no cost to children & teens 

*Helmet supply is limited to stock on hand 

*AFD Stations will NOT distribute helmets to groups/programs  (groups should contact Safe Kids Alaska at 907-212-3194 or safekidsak@providence.org)

Dear Parents and Guardians Healthy Futuresof Kindergarten and First Grade Students

It is time to return your child’s Healthy Futures Log for the month of March. If you have been helping your child keep track of his/her exercise outside of school, just send in the completed log showing at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times in each week. We need all logs returned by Friday (4/3) morning. I’ll submit your child’s log for the March prize of a jump rope!  Thank you,  Ms. Childers, health teacher

Our student bTough Slusherody has been doing a fantastic job completing their exercise logs for the Healthy Futures Program! Last month’s blue logs were collected and prizes will go out this week. Students have already been issued their yellow copy of the March log. Students in kindergarten and first grade must complete their logs at home. Students in grades 2-6 are doing them in school. All March logs are due to Ms. Childers by March 30th to be eligible for the prize.

In the meanwhile, maybe your family would like to look ahead to an event coming that could be added to your child’s April log? Join the Tough Slusher family fun run.  Looks like there won’t even be slush.

Remember to… Play, every day!

During health class, Mrs. VanGorder’s 6th graders enjoyed a “Sugary Drinks” lesson with Ann Potempa of Healthy Futures Alaska! Students learned about reading the labels on drinks to discover the sugar content. One teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar. To put it another way, 16 grams of sugar in a product is equal to about 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Miss Becker’s class enjoyed the same presentation given by Ms. Childers.IMG_0012

Our Healthy Futures Activity Logs will continue again this month and will run for March and April as well. Students in grades 2-6 will keep their logs at school but students in kindergarten and first grade will need to complete theirs at home. Teachers of K/1 students were given logs to send home last week. Please help track your child’s exercise outside of the school day. The goal is at least 30 minutes, three times a week to earn the prizes each month. Of course, the greatest prize is that of a healthy future!

Questions about this activity may be directed to Ms. Childers, health teacher:  childers_cheryl at asdk12 dot org

from Mrs. Childers, our Health teacher:

Second through sixth healthyfuturesgraders have just completed the third round of keeping Healthy Futures Logs! First graders took theirs home for November and should be 

returning them by Dec. 3rd. Remember, just 3 days of exercising per week for 30 minutes each to qualify for the November prize from the Healthy Futures campaign!

For the month of September we saw 87 logs returned for the Frisbee prize and in October we saw 148 logs returned for the red water bottles. A special thanks goes to Ms. Angela Watts, a parent volunteer, and her anonymous helpers for getting 148 names written on the water bottles! Hopefully, November will be our highest participation yet with logs being returned to receive the nerf football!

It is so great to hear about so many students showing such enthusiasm for getting out and playing to stay fit and healthy. By eating right, and getting exercise, children will lead a lifetime of enjoying healthy bodies.

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Dear Parents,
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

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