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State doctor urges Alaskans to sign up for fitness challenge by Friday
Cost of participation? Nothing. Benefits of better health? Priceless.


May 28, 2009
Thursday PM

Alaska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jay Butler is reminding Alaskans that the last day to sign up for the National President's Challenge is this Friday, May 29, 2009.

As of today, more than 1,030 Alaskans have signed up to complete the six-week physical activity challenge and are on their way to feeling, and looking, better.

"This is one of the times in life when your participation costs nothing, but your small investment in daily activity pays off with huge benefits to your health," Butler said.

Adults who participate in the challenge are encouraged to complete at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week for six weeks. Children ages 6 through 17 need to complete 60 minutes of activity five days a week. Almost 100 different activities count toward the daily goal, including walking, weight-lifting, running and bicycling.

In 2008, Alaska won first place among all 50 states for participation in the National President's Challenge. Alaska leads the nation so far in this year's contest.

The President's Challenge concludes July 24, 2009. In order for their activity to count toward the state's overall participation, Alaskans who sign up for the challenge need to log in their minutes of physical activity on the President's Challenge Web site for all six weeks.

On the Web:

Sign up for the free challenge.

President's Challenge Web site


Source of News:

Alaska Health and Social Services


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