Story last updated at 5/6/2009 - 10:47 am
JUNEAU -- Gov. Sarah Palin is encouraging Alaskans to sign up for a six-week physical activity competition to improve their health and give Alaska a chance to receive national honors for the second year in a row.
Both adults and children can now sign up for the National President's Challenge, sponsored by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Alaska took first place in last year's National President's Challenge, with 2,868 participants, the highest per capita rate of participation among all states.
Registration for the National President's Challenge will remain open at http://www.presidentschallenge.org/login/register_individual.aspx. Once signed up, each participant has eight weeks to complete six weeks of physical activity. Adults need to complete at least 30 minutes of activity five days a week and children ages 6 through 17 need to complete at least 60 minutes of activity five days a week. All activities must be logged into the President's Challenge Web site, www.presidentschallenge.org.
The challenge is free, and about 100 different activities count toward the weekly goal. Alaskans can sign up as individuals or as a group. Last year's participants do not need to re-register this year if they can recall their user names and passwords. The 2009 National President's Challenge ends on July 24.