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Healthier You Sponsored Activities & Weekly Challenges

Healthier You Sponsored Activities and Weekly Challenges are designed to allow participants to learn and explore new things. Healthier You Sponsored Activities are free and open to the public, promoting healthy lifestyles through an activity or education session. Weekly Challenges encourage participants to discover new ways to improve their overall well-being and health through other dimensions of wellness.

Healthier You Sponsored Activities will be EVERY Saturday morning this year! (Most HYSA's will start at 10AM, unless otherwise noted in the newsletter and flyer. Most HYSA's are appropriate for ages 5+, unless otherwise noted.)

Week 1 Challenge Stay Hydrated- Drink your recommended water intake each day!
Saturday, Feb 6 Cross Country Ski Clinic with Michelle Cullen @ 1:00pm
Week 2 Challenge You Are What You Eat- Eat 5 servings of fruits & veggies each day!
Saturday,  Feb 13 Packing Healthy Lunches with Gianna McCune at Teen Center
Week 3 Challenge Be Heart Smart- Determine your target heart rate and reach it at least 3 times within the week!
Saturday,  Feb 20 Spin Class with Sarah Histand at PWSCC Health & Fitness Center
Two time slots available! 10:00-11:00am & 11:00am-12:00pm
Week 4 Challenge Team Building - Find a 20-60 minute activity to share with your classmates, co-workers, or HY Team (HINT: Go to this week's HYSA!)
Saturday,  Feb 27 Frosty Fever GIANT SKI RACE down Fairbanks St.
Week 5 Challenge Rest and Relaxation - Take 5-10 minutes a day to stretch, reflect, breathe, meditate, or pray
Saturday,  Mar 5 Massage Clinic with local massage therapists at the Teen Center
Week 6 Challenge Community Volunteering - Find one way to volunteer, mentor, or improve your community (HINT: Go to this week's HYSA!)
Saturday,  Mar 12 Easter Meal Baskets w/Valdez Food Bank at the Teen Center
Week 7 Challenge Career Wellbeing/Talent Finding - Take online Talent Survey (details to come!)
Saturday,  Mar 19 Rock Wall Climbing at Gilson Middle School Rock Wall
Week 8 Challenge Let it Rain, Let it Shine, Let it Snow! - Spend 10 minutes outside each day, enjoying nature or physical activity
Saturday,  Mar 26 Beacons & Eggs at Salmonberry Ski Hill 10:00am-12:00pm
Week 9 Challenge Families that Play Together, Stay Together- Spend 30-60 minutes doing a physical activity with your family, close friends, or HY team. (Hint- go to the HYSA!)
Saturday,  Apr 2 Valdez Winter Games - Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing & Ski/Archery Biathlon Presented by PRCS, VHS Ski Team, & PWSCC at Valdez Glacier 10:00am-1:00pm
Week 10 Challenge Financial Health - Prepare your taxes, look at online budgeting tools, etc. (More details to come)
Saturday,  Apr 9 H&FC Fitness Class
Week 11 Challenge Safety First! - Check your home, yard, classroom, or job site for safety hazards and report or fix these items.
Saturday,  Apr 16 Bike Safety Clinic and Tune-up at the Teen Center
Week 12 Challenge Finish Strong- get your Final Check-In for Program Completion.
Saturday,  Apr 23 Healthier You 5K Fun Run & Finale (Sorry no points given, but awesome prizes awarded!) See you there!

The Healthier You Sponsored Activities and Weekly Challenges will also be listed weekly in the E-Newsletter, on the Special Events Calendar, on the Welcome page at, and on our Facebook page.

By attending and participating in Healthier You Sponsored Activities, participants receive 4 Sponsored Activity points. Participants will add 4 total points to their Weekly Log total for each Sponsored Activity they attend, not 4 points plus activity points for the sponsored event.

By accomplishing a Healthier You Weekly Challenge, participants receive 5 Weekly Challenge Activity points. Participants will add 5 total points to their Weekly Log, by selecting the correct Weekly Challenge from the Activity drop-down box at

Parks & Recreation has final say on approval of all Healthier You Sponsored Activities. If you have an activity that you think should be a Healthier You Sponsored Activity event, please contact Healthier You Admin

Biometric Screenings

Biometric Screenings provided by SWAN and Providence Valdez Medical Center will have a different look this year. You will be given 2 opportunities to participate throughout the Healthier You Program. The Self Directed Blood Draw (not finger poke) will take place at Providence Valdez Medical Center. Fasting is highly recommended for accurate results. Sign up for screenings will take place during the Kick Off and Late Registration and then again during the final weeks of Healthier You. You can earn 4 points for each biometric screening and an additional 2 point for logging it into your online profile.