Positive Leadership for Active Alaskan Youth
30 Minutes of Synchronized Physical Activity!
February 23rd, 2017
The goal is to get thousands of Alaska children jumping, running, and dancing — all at once. PLAAY Day will kick off with Alaska’s first simultaneous student physical activity event Schools and other organizations from across the state will engage elementary students in a half hour of organized — and synchronized — physical activity. REGISTRATION at bottom of page.
What: Elementary-aged students participating in PLAAY Day will gather in school gyms, recreation centers, common spaces, outside or in classrooms to participate in a half hour of fun physical activity. Alaska role model athletes will lead and encourage students of all abilities through exercise routines.
Children from Ketchikan to Kaktovik will be linked via free video conferencing. Other available technology will be utilized for broadcasting and a recorded video will be provided to the school in advance and available online.
When and Where: Thursday, February 23rd across Alaska. Time TBD. See below for Registration.
Why: We know about the benefits of physical activity. It is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve a child’s self-worth, which in turn empowers them to recognize they can make active choices for improving their health. It increases the capacity for learning, reduces the prevalence of chronic diseases associated with inactivity, increases positive behaviors, and can mitigate risks associated with depression and suicide.
Role of Healthy Futures: Healthy Futures is the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Over 20,000 children from almost 200 schools around the state annually participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge every year. The PLAAY Day will be integrated into the 2017 Spring Challenge, strengthening the message about the importance of being physically active and benefiting from Healthy Futures existing statewide relationships.
Who: Collaborators represented on the PLAAY Day planning committee include Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Center for Pediatrics, American Heart Association, Anchorage School District, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Children’s Hospital at Providence, GCI, Play Every Day Campaign, Chugach School District, Maniilaq Association, United Physical Therapy, United Way of Anchorage, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Southeast, and other physical activity supporters.