The signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
Healthy Futures program was established at nearly the same time as The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Their shared mission of promoting a healthy youth population led to several collaborations. In 2011, Healthy Futures became the signature program of The Hall.
The goal of Healthy Futures is simple: empower Alaska’s youth to build the habit of daily physical activity. The two core elements of the program are the Healthy Futures activity log (to develop the habit of daily physical activity) and event support (to increase youth attendance at community recreational events).
Healthy Futures also works to address health equity through the Game Changer Fund. The Game Changer provides small grants to youth from low income families to remove barriers to participation in sports and recreation such as equipment, fees, and transportation costs.
Over 10,000 Alaskan youth from over 100 elementary schools statewide participate in the Healthy Futures Challenge every fall and spring. Over 50 events statewide annually receive support from Healthy Futures.
Healthy Futures was founded in 2003 by the late Bonny Sosa Young and her husband Sam Young, two parents concerned with the growing obesity epidemic in Alaska.