Social distancing should not mean sitting around. Healthy Futures is committed to helping you keep your kids and family moving! How to stay active while social distancing? Here are some ideas and helpful links:
- Play Every Day Important Update: Alaska kids can get out and play during social distancing, but avoid indoor play dates
- REI – Ideas for keeping kids active while social distancing
- MOM BOSS – Keeping The Kids Busy During Social Distancing and Self Isolation | Activities For Kids
- Core Workout from APU Ski Coach Galen Johnston
For older children and parents: Sign here up for our 100 Miles Challenge here. We are starting April 1st this year. It’s fun, and it encourages physical activity and social interaction. All activity converts to miles. Make a team with family, school groups, sports teams, or just a fun team and participate in a fun, healthy competition. 100 Miles in May is normally a fundraiser. Pledging is optional this year. Sitting around and isolating is not!
For younger children: Schools are closed but the Spring Healthy Futures Challenge is still on! We are working with registered elementary schools to ensure they can deliver the resources you need to participate from home. Check with your school to find out if they are signed up. Our monthly activity log is available for ALL children and parents. Whether or not your child is signed up for the Challenge, we encourage your family to use the log as a way to maintain a daily routine of physical exercise. Download an activity log to print and fill out by hand here.
What is the Healthy Futures Challenge?
Run through elementary schools across the state, the challenge encourages children to develop the habit of daily physical activity by asking them to keep track of their physical activity with an activity log. Children who log 60 minutes of activity at least 15 days of the month are rewarded with a small incentive.
Each school participating in the challenge has a “challenge coordinator,” often the Physical Education teacher at the school. The coordinator is responsible for registering the school for the challenge, explaining the challenge and the importance of physical activity to their students, collecting the logs, reporting the log information to Healthy Futures staff, and distributing the incentives to students. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing coordinators!
To see if your school is registered for the challenge, click here. Not registered and interested in getting your school involved? Talk to your school’s principal, PE teacher, or contact Healthy Futures staff.
Being Active as a Family
- Choose an idea from the Healthy Futures Activity Word Cloud.
- Take a walk together every evening after dinner, or walk/bike to work/school together.
- Go sledding.
- Go for a bike ride or ski on one of Anchorage’s 250 miles of world class trails!
- Make a goal to visit a new park once a week. Did you know Anchorage has over 220?!
- Go for a hike!
- Participate in a Healthy Futures sponsored event.
- Include physical activity in family events such as birthday parties, picnics and vacations (red rover).
Supporting Your Child in the Challenge
There are many things you can do to both help your child be more active and support them in completing their activity log. Below are some ideas. Have more ideas? We’d love to hear them! Submit them in the suggestions box at the bottom of the page!
- Be a positive role model for your child’s activity–be active yourself! Include your child in your daily activity and/or complete your own activity log along with your child and keep it displayed at home.
- Keep your child’s activity log in a prominent place in the house (eg. the refrigerator, next to their bedroom door), and create a routine for filling it out together daily.
- Visit the links below with ideas for how to talk to your children about the importance of being physically active.
- Healthy Futures supports events in the community encouraging physical activity, many of which are open to families and free. Check out our events calendar and attend an event with your child.
- Play Every Day blog encouraging play in the midst of Covid 19 and social distancing
- State of Alaska’s Play Every Day campaign
- Center for Disease Control: Obesity Prevention
- Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
- Providence Alaska Medical Center: Health Library
- United Way of Anchorage: Healthy Kids and Adults
- AK On the Go
- Anchorage Park Foundation
- Anchorage Parks and Recreation Activity Guide
- Healthy Futures Events
Resources for Talking to Your Child About Physical Activity and Advocating
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Issues
- Stop Obesity Alliance
- Centers for Disease Control
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- PE for Parents: Take Action