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This Week's Healthier You Happenings and Info!
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Sarah Jorgenson-Owen
Healthier You Admin

Wendy Clubb
Healthier You Admin

314 Clifton Drive
P.O. Box 307
Valdez, AK  99686

907-835-2531 (ext. 229)
Fax: (907 )xxx-xxxx

Weigh-In Hours
Monday - Friday
5:00 am - 8:30 pm
*Weigh-in's taken on the weekend will not be reflected online for a full week.*
PWSCC Health & Fitness Center
303 Lowe St
Valdez, AK 99686

It's time to sign up for the LAST round of Biometric Screenings. The next round of screenings will take place Tuesday, April 7th- Friday, April 10th at the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center. 
Sign up for a time slot at the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center starting Monday, March 23- Friday April 3.

Weekly Newsletter
click here  You can find each Healthier You weekly Newsletter in paper form at the Civic Center Office, Teen Center foyer, and the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center.

Weekly Winners-

Joe Kuchin
Lanette Oliver
Sanoe Deaver
Rowan Miller
Alexander Buck
Victoria Deaver

*Winners may pick up their prizes from the Parks & Rec office (Civic Center) during business hours, Monday- Friday, 9AM-5PM* (Office is closed this Monday, March 30.)

Weekly HYSA Beacon & Eggs with Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Saturday, April 4th, 10AM at Salmonberry Ski Hill (Beacon Training at 10AM; Egg Hunt at 11:30AM)

Weekly Challenge-
 Spend 10 minutes each day outside, enjoying nature or a physical activity. (5 Bonus Points can be awarded once/ week for completing the Weekly Challenge.)

It's WEEK 6 for our "Couch to 5K" Running Program! Click here for the full 8 week program guide. There will be NO group run/walk this Wednesday, April 1st.

Healthier You wants to hear YOUR success story!
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Contact Sarah today to share your Healthier You success story. We would like several testimonials to share for advertising, presentations, and for CELEBRATIONS!

If you are willing to publicly share your success story, email or call Sarah at 907-835-2531 (x229).

NEW to Healthier You 2015!
Weekly Challenges! Participants can earn 5 points per week for every weekly challenge completed during Healthier You. Weekly Challenges can be logged in by the participant in the Activity drop-down box on the Activity Tab online. Weekly Challenges can be found on the “Weekly Challenges” page in this booklet and will be listed in each week’s Newsletter, along with the Healthier You Sponsored Activity. Click here for more on earning bonus points through the Weekly Challenge.

Organizations! Any local business or organization that wishes to track their employees or associates activity, can contact the Healthier You organizers before February 6thto have their organization listed online in the User Profile tab. Participants can select an organization or business during the registration process. Participants from multiple teams or individual participants not on a team can be part of an organization. Only one organization may be selected per participant. Tracking of activity points per organization is part of the Healthier You’s mission to encourage a culture of healthy living among all community members. The organization with the most activity points per person will win a special HY recognition.

New Rules! A maximum of 12 (physical activity) points per day may be logged. Also note: Half points will bot be counted. For participants logging activity points from an active job, the following criteria must be met: 1) Activity must raise one's heart rate for 20 min or more continuously, with no rest breaks; 2) No more than 3 hours (9 points) from an active job may be counted per day. Click here to review this in the Official Rules.

Stay Informed! In 2015, we have more ways for you to stay informed about upcoming Healthier You Sponsored Activities (HYSA), Healthier You deadlines, Weekly Challenges, activity tips, healthy recipes, and more! Find information weekly here on our Healthier You webpage, in our weekly E-newsletter, on the Welcome Screen of, and on our Facebook page! 

Healthier You 2015 Dates

Weekly Weigh-In    5AM- 8:30PM- Weekdays, January 26th- April 15th at the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center

Final Weigh-In    5AM- 8:30PM- Weekdays, March 30th- April 15th at the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center

Biometric Screenings    April 7th -10th at the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center
*Times and sign up sheets available now at PWSCC Health & Fitness Center

Online Activity Tracking ENDS at Midnight on Wednesday, April 15th at

Healthier You Fun Run & Finale    10AM- 12:30PM- Saturday, April 18th at the Teen Center

Healthier You At  A Glance

The Healthier You program runs for 12 weeks, January thru April. The program provides participants with weekly activities, weight loss, and smoke free days tracking. Healthier You is open to all participants age 5 years and older. Families are encouraged to participate together and form healthy lifestyles together. Participants can form teams which create workout groups that often outlast the length of the program. Each week Healthier You offers a special sponsored activity for the community free of charge. These activities range from sample workouts to health and wellness educational opportunities. Participants can also take advantage of free biometric screening, offered by SWAN at the beginning and end of the program as well as special one time Healthier You events such as clothing swaps, health coach workshops, and a 5K race. Healthier You participants earn points for their weight loss, physical activities and smoke free days. Recognition is given to the top point earners, as well, all participants that meet certain point threshholds are entered into the Grand Prize, Second Chance, and Over 25 Under 100 Prize drawings. Returning participants that meet maintained weight loss criteria are entered into the K-TWO (Keeping the Weight Off) Prize drawing.

Healthier You History
Healthier You was started in 2010 as a Parks & Recreation weight loss competition. In the first year, more than 200 people participated for a total of more than 1600 lbs lost.

In 2011, the Sound Wellness Alliance Network (SWAN) was approached by Parks & Recreation to partner together to bring this program back for its second year. SWAN became the program's major sponsor, and helped springboard the program into a more comprehensive healthy living program. SWAN's financial support, guidance, and volunteers significantly impacted the expansion of the program we enjoy today. Seeing the benefits of this community program, Providence Valdez Medical Center and the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center have joined in as current and past partners of the program.

  • Since 2010, HY participants have lost more than 6000lbs
  • Since 2011, HY Participants have logged more than 34,645 hours of physical activity
  • Since 2011, over 690 HY participants received FREE biometric screenings provided by SWAN to Know their Numbers!
  • Since 2012, HY Participants have logged more than 950 Smoke Free days

Today, Healthier You continues to promote a healthy lifestyle for the Valdez Community. The continued support of SWAN, the PWSCC Health & Fitness Center, and the Providence Valdez Medical Center have been a key factor in many successes of the program.