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Sounds like fun

For adults, sometimes, who work in offices or sit in front of home computers when they aren’t working, exercise becomes a chore instead of a pleasure.

Kids need exercise, too, so why not train them up that it’s a good, fun thing?

That’s what the Healthy Futures Challenge aims to do.

Almost 10,000 students from more than 100 schools across the state (including the Ketchikan Charter School and Point Higgins Elementary) will take part in the February-through-April program, which aims to make “physical activity fun and encourages kids to start a regular habit of being active,” according to Healthy Futures program director Cindy Norquest.

According to the program and its partner, United Way of Anchorage, children who eat healthy and are physically active are more likely to be in school more, are able to focus on learning and then graduate on time.

Kids keep activity logs for 30 minutes of vigorous activity (not including physical education) three times a week for four weeks. There are rewards as the program proceeds, including for participation in community events.

You can get more information at the Healthy?Futures website, www.healthyfuturesak.org/index.html

However, even if a child goes to a school that isn’t involved in the program, it would be a great family challenge to get active together. In setting an example for our kids — having fun while staying healthy and keeping our bodies firing on all cylinders — won’t we get back to exercising ourselves?

Seems like a win-win for everyone. Because (though it’s difficult for some of us couch spuds to believe) exercise, making us feel better, really is something to look forward to and enjoy for life.

Let’s go!