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CDPHP Collaborative News: Spotlight on Healthy Futures - AUGUST 2013


Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

CDPHP Collaborative News

Move More, Eat Well, Stay Safe, Tobacco Free

Related Links

Alaska Childhood Obesity Related Publications:

Obesity in K-7 Students – Anchorage, Alaska – 2003-04 to 2010-11 School Years (2013)


The Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Alaska (2010)


Alaska Obesity Facts (2012)


Childhood Obesity in Alaska (2009)


Featured TV PSAs


Kikkan Randall Challenges Alaska’s Kids to Play Every Day


Kids Play Every Day with the Healthy Futures Challenge


Section Links:


Poison Help! 1-800-222-1222


Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)


Living Well Alaska - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


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Spotlight on:

Healthy Futures


Healthy Futures is an Alaska-based, statewide grassroots initiative founded in 2003 by two parents, the late Bonny Sosa and her husband Sam Young. Bonny and Sam were concerned with the growing obesity epidemic in Alaska and felt if they stood by doing nothing, they were part of the problem versus the solution. Healthy Futures is now the signature program of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.




Currently, about 26% of Alaska high school students and 41% of 3-year-olds are overweight or obese, and only 21% of high school students get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. The mission of Healthy Futures is simply to empower Alaska's youth to build the habit of daily physical activity. This is accomplished through two core programs: the Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge and increasing youth attendance at community recreational events. In addition, Healthy Futures provides youth with access to positive, physically active role models, called Healthy Heroes,  through classroom and event participation. These heroes include Alaska athletes, such as Olympic skiers Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks and Aelin Peterson, as well as NHLer Scott Gomez.




The Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge uses activity logs as an incentive-based, record-keeping tool for students and teachers. With parental supervision, children record their daily physical activity during a one-month period on a Healthy Futures activity log. To successfully complete the challenge, the student must log 30 minutes of vigorous activity outside of their physical education classroom, three times per week for four consecutive weeks. Students turn in completed logs to participating Healthy Futures school coordinators, and then they receive monthly incentives. Students who turn in three consecutive logs are eligible for the grand prize incentive drawing. The grand prize is a $300 sports package of the student's choice.




Partners and sponsors of Healthy Futures include the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Providence Health & Services Alaska, the United Way of Anchorage, ConocoPhillips, the Alaska Kidney Foundation, Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation, Anchorage School District, as well as individual donors.




Healthy Futures has been growing steadily since its inception and is still picking up steam! In its first year of operation (2003) 2,300 kids participated by attending a community event or submitting a physical activity log. At that time, 30 schools participated. In the spring semester of 2013, Healthy Futures had 15,703 total participants who attended events or submitted activity logs, with 136 schools participating. To date, 131 schools are signed up to participate in the Fall 2013 Healthy Futures Challenge! (Click to see map of participating schools).


Cindy Norquest, program director for Healthy Futures, recently participated as an expert guest on a panel in Washington, D.C, organized for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association collaboration, Voices for Healthy Kids. Norquest was invited to speak about obesity prevention efforts in Anchorage, one of a number of communities recognized for seeing declines in childhood obesity rates. In addition, Norquest was a 2013 recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award.






Get Involved with Healthy Futures





> Healthy Futures Home


> Play Every Day —Healthy Futures Challenge


> Participating Schools


> Healthy Futures Community Events


> Healthy Futures Sponsor and Partner Information


> Email Healthy Futures

  Play Every Day!


New Section Publications:




2013 Alaska Tobacco Facts


CHRONICLES Volume 5, Issue 2: Clinical Outcomes Associated with Self-Management Classes among Patients of an Urban Community Health Center (2013)

Key Section Publications:


Strategic Plan: Executive Summary (2012)


Strategic Plan (2012)

Web of Chronic Disease Infographic (2013)

Save the Date

Childhood Obesity Prevention & Child Health Summit 2013




ANTHC's Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training


  • September 16-20, 2013.
  • For more information, visit ANTHC's website or call 907-729-3646.



The 8th Annual School Health and Wellness Institute


  • Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2013, Registration opens August 1, 2013.
  • Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage
  • For more information, please email Wendy Hamilton or call 907-465-2768.



Alaska Public Health Association - 31st annual Health Summit


  • January 27-29, 2014
  • Captain Cook Hotel
  • Visit ALPHA website for more information

Committee Updates


Integrated Communications Group

The Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has an Integrated Communications Group (ICG) that meets every other week to develop a cross-sectional, multi-risk factor communications initiative now called “Safe and Healthy Me”. The group is using the latest social marketing principles to design the campaign and will soon be launching a website that will feature relevant health and safety topics. Videos, stories, and links to social media will be some of the ways Safe & Healthy Me will attempt to reach Alaskans with health resources that are specific to the state.

Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids

The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids formed to expand the reach of an interagency taskforce of leaders in the health and education fields called Alaskans Taking on Childhood Obesity (ATCO). Since the members of ATCO understood that childhood obesity is caused by a complex array of factors and that the solution would require a comprehensive, coordinated, long-term approach, they recommended establishing an alliance to guide, coordinate and expand the reach of childhood obesity prevention efforts.



The Alliance will be releasing the statewide childhood obesity prevention strategic plan September 16, 2013, at the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Child Health Summit supported by the State of Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program.


To learn more about the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids or to register for the summit, visit www.akhealthykids.org.


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