CDPHP Collaborative News: Spotlight on Safe and Healthy Me - APRIL 2014

Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

CDPHP Collaborative News

Safe and Healthy Me - Eat Well, Move More, Stay Safe, Tobacco Free.



> National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Toolkit

> Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

> Youth Physical Activity Guidelines - Toolkit

> Physical Activity: The Role of Schools

> Physical Activity: The Role of Communities

> Physical Activity: The Role of Families

> Play Every Day – 60 Minutes a Day

> Healthy Futures Challenge

> Warm Weather Activity Ideas

> Get Outdoors! Alaska


Safe and Healthy Me

> David’s story

> Daniel's story


Play Every Day

> Alaska Families Play Every Day


Get Screened: Take charge of your health. Take charge of your life.

This is a public education campaign that starts this spring. It is designed to use media messages to increase the percentages of adult Alaskans who have scheduled annual checkups and received appropriate preventive health screenings, including colorectal cancer screenings.

Go to Safe and Healthy Me, Screening page for more information.

MAY 2014

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Spotlight on

Physical Activity

Woman walking through a lush green forest.

In Alaska, the annual transition from winter to spring brings an awakening of many types. Bears wake from their deep slumber, squirrels and birds return life to the forest, and people begin to emerge from their physical and mental “dens” eager to feel the sun on their faces and breathe the fresh air that can only be found in the Last Frontier.

In recognition of the spring awakening, May has been named National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition uses this month to promote physical activity across the lifespan — among children, adolescents, and adults. The Council website features a variety of resources and information about why physical activity is important, physical activity guidelines, and practical tips on how to get moving. In addition, there are resources for public health practitioners looking to increase physical activity in their area, including press releases, tweets, e-cards, and website badges.

Alaskans need more physical activity — 26% of adults and 79% of high school students don’t get the recommended amount.1

There are several different types of physical activity: moderate or vigorous, structured or unstructured. Moderate activities are those that elevate your heart rate but don’t usually work up a sweat. Vigorous physical activity refers to movements that have you working pretty hard – usually breaking a sweat and making it hard to carry on a conversation.

Activity does not need to be in the form of a 10-mile run or 45 minutes on a treadmill. To meet the physical activity recommendations, people should move in ways they enjoy. Walking, gardening, dancing, and even household chores all count as physical activity.

The national guidelines call for the following amounts of physical activity:   

  • Early Childhood – 60 minutes each of structured and unstructured activity.
  • Children and Adolescents – 60 minutes or more each day, including aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities.
  • Adults – 150 minutes each week, plus muscle strengthening twice a week.
  • Older Adults – 150 minutes each week, strength building twice a week, balance exercises as needed.

Southcentral Foundation has made physical activity an integral part of its services to customer-owners and employees. Their health education and wellness programs provide exercise education and individual counseling services along with chronic disease education and self-management, tobacco cessation, and injury prevention. In addition, a full schedule of group exercise classes like Zumba®, Pilates, yoga, functional balance, and strength training are taught both in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Alaska Success Story – Healthy Futures
Healthy Futures is an Alaska-grown program started by two parents in 2003 to motivate children to build the daily habit of physical activity. Healthy Futures supports low- and no-cost community events that get Alaska families active, such as Ski 4 Kids, Tuesday Night Races, and school running jamborees. Healthy Futures runs two free physical activity challenges each year in elementary schools across the state. Students who complete the challenge get prizes and schools with high student participation win grants that support their physical and health education programs.

About three years ago, Healthy Futures became a partner of the State of Alaska’s Play Every Day campaign. Play Every Day raises awareness about the health concerns linked to childhood obesity and inspires Alaska families to be physically active for the best health.

The Healthy Futures program and Play Every Day campaign have reached more Alaska families and grown significantly during the past few years. The number of elementary schools participating in the Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge has jumped from 36 in 2011 to a record 164 schools this spring. In fall 2013, almost 16,000 Alaska children were physically active during the Healthy Futures Challenge. That is about 1 in 5 elementary-age children in the state of Alaska participating in the Challenge and logging their physical activity during the month.

  1. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Alaska Obesity Facts Report – 2012. Anchorage, Alaska: Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services; August 2012.


Save the Date - Upcoming Events

Play Every Day: The Importance of Recess

Presented by: Carly Braxton, Senior Manager of Advocacy and Francesca Zavacky, Senior Program Manager, SHAPE America - the Society of Health and Physical Educators


    Learn to teach Tai Chi for Diabetes

    Dr. Paul Lam will be leading a two-day workshop teaching Tai Chi Instruction for Diabetes. Two Master Trainers and one Senior Trainer from the Tai Chi for Health Institute will be supporting Dr. Lam.

    Key Section Publications

    > CDPHP Strategic Plan: Executive Summary (2012)

    > CDPHP Strategic Plan (2012)

    > Web of Chronic Disease Infographic (2013)