Story last updated at 8/12/2009 - 1:17 pm
JUNEAU - For the second year in a row, Alaska has taken first place in the National President's Challenge on physical activity that ended July 24. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports confirmed that Alaska, with 1,710 citizens taking the challenge, had the highest per capita rate of participation among all states and territories.
"Alaskans once again demonstrated to the rest of the country that we enjoy a challenge and enjoy being active," Gov. Sean Parnell said. " I want to congratulate and thank the hundreds of Alaskans who not only signed up for the challenge, but kept their participation levels up throughout."
The President's Council will give special recognition to Alaska through Gov. Parnell in honor of Alaska being one of the five states that logged the most activity during the fitness challenge. 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.