Kids, listen up!
AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts.
Did you know:
- 17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report)
- Increasing physical activity is a great way to reduce obesity and the many illnesses and chronic (long term) conditions that appear due to being overweight? Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sore joints are just some things that can happen to kids who don’t exercise enough.
- Getting outdoors is a great way to get “Vitamin N”? As in “Nature”? As in, feeling good in your mind and body? Brain drain? Get outside for a while and let the oxygen flow – the start of a new school year is a great time to create, and keep, healthy outdoor habits!
How you can help:
- Play outside, every day. Today, tomorrow, and the next day. Grab a buddy, your sister or brother, your dog, and take a walk or bike ride. Build a snow man this winter. Rake leaves for your mom or dad. Go for a hike in the forest and listen to the wind. Snowshoe. Ski. Climb a tree. Encouraging each other is a great way to stay healthy as a family.
- Join an event. Healthy Futures Alaska is an organization supporting hundreds of kid-friendly fun runs, walks, and physical fitness challenges every month, and they are usually FREE to kids. It’s so easy! Visit the Healthy Futures website and find out how your whole family, pack of friends, and school can participate.
- Be a good team member. Do you know someone who likes to stay inside a lot? Find ways to encourage him or her to get outdoors and stay healthy. Buddy up and be there for each other; often, staying active is easier with a friend.
- Stay with it. Ask your PE teacher about more ways to stay active, encourage your parents to follow organizations like Healthy Futures, and don’t give up when the weather gets bad. After all, you’re an Alaska Kid!