The Alaska Play Every Day campaign shared its new school lesson plan on sugary drinks during a health seminar at Two Rivers Elementary School on Monday. It included a demonstration of sugar content in popular sugary drinks, along with a discussion of how sugary drinks affect a child’s health. This is a lesson plan that was also distributed to the approximately 170 Alaska schools that participate in the Healthy Futures Physical Activity Challenge.
Aliy brought Beemer as well as SP K retiree, Stormy, to the seminar. She talked about choosing water as the healthiest drink for her and her dogs. The seminar ended with a "mushing wardrobe" relay. The kids had to put on a fur mushing hat, a pair of goggles and beaver mitts then run through orange cones to the finish line. There they had to drink a glass of water then 'high five' their team mate before he or she could run the course. Both teams -- first and second place -- got awards. The awards were dog biscuits that were given to Beemer and Stormy.
Ann talks about sugar in soda and sports drinks. Aliy shows the kids her "secret" water thermos.
Play Every Day started three years ago to raise awareness about the health concerns of childhood obesity and to inspire Alaska children and their families to be physically active and choose healthy foods and drinks. About one out of three Alaska children is overweight or obese.