PUBLISHED: 11:12 AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Eagles vs. Ravens event online
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge is going online for 2007, making it easier for Juneau residents to record their points from home or if they have to travel.

The 2007 challenge takes place Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. Online registration opens on July 15, which is when the Eagles vs. Ravens Web site address will be released. Online registration closes on Aug. 15. The contest is open to the entire Juneau community, and people can participate as individuals, on teams of 2-8 people, and for their respective moieties. Family and business teams are encouraged.

Eagles vs. Ravens began as a 1998 walking contest in Klukwan, with the losing moiety providing the winners with a picnic. Since then, the contest has expanded into other communities and it now takes a more holistic approach toward improving a person's overall health.

People still can earn points for doing physical activity, such as walking, cycling, running, kayaking or even playing hopscotch. But participants also now can earn points for other wellness activities, such as quitting tobacco, improving their nutrition, getting annual check-ups, reducing their stress, drinking water, mentoring, or for taking part in or attending community or cultural events.

The kick-off celebration for Juneau's 2007 challenge takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at the Tlingít-Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Dr. The celebration will feature registration, Native dancing, food and t-shirts for the first 400 registrants. Two hours into the celebration, participants will walk over to Twin Lakes for a play session for kids and adults at the new Project Playground.

"Eagles vs. Ravens brings individuals to a healthy common ground," SEARHC Juneau Health Promotion Manager Alan Travasso said. "The past Eagles vs. Ravens events set a high bar of expectation in the community. This year, the 'healthy community feeling' will shine through, and that's the exciting part."

Besides the kick-off celebration, this year's Eagles vs. Ravens includes several weekly events such as family swims, walking clubs and indoor rock climbing. An open house with biometric screenings takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the SEARHC Juneau Health Promotion Office, 3245 Hospital Dr. (lower floor). The closing ceremony and awards will be presented from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Tlingít-Haida Community Center.

For more information, contact Alan Travasso at 364-4458, Cachet Garrett at 463-4092, Christa Lott at 364-4460 or Christy Wallace at 364-4457. When the link is announced, it will be distributed to local media and posted on the SEARHC Web site,