Alaska No. 1 Again in National Challenge
National Physical Activity Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - 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,” Governor Sean Parnell said. “Every one of us can improve our health by adding a little exercise to our day. 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 Governor Parnell in honor of Alaska being one of the five states that logged the most activity during the fitness challenge.
The National President’s Challenge started May 1. 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 significant margin over second-place Washington, D.C.
To see the final results go to: http://www.presidentschallenge.com/national_challenge/results.aspx
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