JUNEAU, Alaska –
With winter right around the corner, staying active is an effective way to improve physical fitness, maintaining both mental and physical health, and can help ward off seasonal affective disorder. SEARHC is excited to launch a free October fitness program “Movetober – Stay Healthy Stay Bright this Fall.”
The goal of the program is to motivate Southeast Alaskans to move daily – doing whatever type of activity that works for them, indoors or outdoors. Participants are encouraged to make a fitness goal and then track their daily active minutes. CDC recommends adults (18-64 years) complete at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking and a minimum of 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles. Each week entrants will submit their active minutes fitness goal and be entered to win prizes. Prizes range from outdoor reflective gear to light-up arm bands, and more. The longer participants stay involved in the program, the bigger the chances to win.
Regular physical activity provides a wide range of benefits from improved brain health to reduced risk of disease, strengthening of bones and improved ability to do everyday activities. Kelsey Evans, a SEARHC Health Educator based in Klawock, is hopeful that the program will see around 400 participants.
“We’re inviting community members from all over Southeast Alaska to hike, bike, walk, roll, run, dance or just move throughout the month of October,” said Evans.
The most recent SEARHC fitness program, “Move for a Cause” in April saw more than 500 participants from 19 communities in Southeast.
Participating is as Easy as 1-2-3
- Register online at searhc.org/movetober
- Track progress weekly for the whole month of October
- Submit active minutes weekly to be entered in a drawing for a variety of prizes
For more information, visit searhc.org/movetober or contact SEARHC Health Educator Kelsey Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.755.4995.