PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Alaska No. 1 in Physical Activity Challenge
Alaska has taken first place in the National President's Challenge on physical activity that ended May 15. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports announced recently that Alaska, with 2,868 participants, had the highest per capita rate of participation among all states.

"We encouraged Alaskans to sign up and get active, and they did so in a very big way," Gov. Sarah Palin said. "All of us can add a little more activity every day to feel and look better. This spring, thousands of Alaskans did just that by skiing, biking, kayaking, running and walking their way to a victory for our state."

The President's Council will give special recognition to Palin in honor of Alaska being one of the five states that logged the most activity during the fitness challenge this spring.

The National President's Challenge started March 20. In order to complete the challenge, adults had to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week for six weeks. Children had to complete at least 60 minutes of activity a day.

By the time the challenge ended, participating Alaskans had logged in enough activity to put the state in the No. 1 slot by a 3-to-2 margin over second-place Arkansas.