Healthier Valdez

January 27-April 21, 2018

Program Overview

The Healthier Valdez Challenge is a wellness program that uses a holistic and community-based approach to health and wellness. The program challenges you to approach health from several angles. Main components of the program are: measured physical fitness improvements, exercise, nutrition, and sponsored wellness activities.

Activity Incentive Stamps Additional Information
Kickoff n/a Obtain your passport, learn program rules, begin your fitness assessment,  and set goals. (January 27, 2018)
Physical fitness improvements up to 50 stamps During kickoff demonstrations  and participation of  fitness assessment activities will give participants the opportunity to obtain stamps at each station. Complete the same activities again at the end of the program. Earn stamps for making improvements. See Physical fitness improvements in description in details and descriptions. (Jan 27-April 21, 2018)
Sponsored wellness activities up to 50 stamps PWSC and organizations throughout the community have  events that contribute to the different areas of wellness: physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational/financial, emotional. Event sponsors will stamp your passport when you participate in one of their events.  See Sponsored Activities below to learn more. (Jan 27-April 21, 2018)
Nutrition up to 60 stamps Earn stamps by keeping daily nutrition goals.  (Jan 27-April 21, 2018)
Exercise up to 60 stamps Earn stamps by completing at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. (Jan 27 - April 21, 2018)
Health & Fitness Center classes up to 30 stamps Obtain a stamp for your first 30 classes check-ins. (Jan 27 - April 21, 2018)
Healthy commitments up to 10 stamps Make a 12 week healthy commitment, record these commitments in your passport during week 1.  Record if you were able to keep the healthy commitment to week 12. Earn 5 stamps for committing to a healthy habit of your choosing like quitting smoking, or giving up soda. Earn another 5 stamps for the continued commitment to that healthy habit. (Jan 27-April 21, 2018)
Finale n/a Report on progress, post-program fitness assessment Saturday April 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm. (April 21, 2018).

 Calendar of Events

View the calendar below for upcoming events and activities. You can also stay up to date on upcoming activities on the Health & Fitness Center Facebook page. To register for workshops and class visit:


  • Program Details & Rules

    Healthier Valdez Details:

    Healthier Valdez is a holistic and community-based approach to health and wellness. It is for everyone in the Valdez community 5 years and up.

    Participants receive a passport at registration, and the goal is to obtain as many stamps as possible in your passport. Recognition and glory go those who reach high levels of achievement.

    Gold: 210 or more stamps.

    Silver: 180-209 stamps

    Bronze: 150-179 stamps. 

    Stay tuned to find out what glory will be bestowed upon the top teams.

    Register in one of three ways:
    • Kickoff on January 27, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Prince William Sound College. During the kickoff you will register, receive an orientation, identify healthy goals, and participate in fitness activities and self-assessments.
    • Condensed kickoff on January 31, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

    Register at the PWSC H&FC between January 27, 2018 and February 9, 2018.

    Teams: Have fun by joining a team. Teams can consist of 3 to 10 people. Each team must have a team captain responsible for declaring team names. Participants can only be on one team. Team totals will based on the combined stamps averaged.

    Main Program Components
    Physical fitness improvements:

    During the kickoff events participants will be in groups and go to several stations which are set up at PWSC to participate in the self assessment activities and physical challenges. Demonstrations and literature will be available with options for modifications based on ability and interest. Participants can write  goals in their own passport.  During the finale events the self assessments activities and physical challenges will be repeated with the hope that you will see improvements after your 12 weeks of hard work.

    Participants must sign the Health & Fitness Center Program/Participation form. No other documentation regarding health or the results of the assessments will be collected by the H&FC.

    Sponsored Wellness Activities:

    Participation in awesome sponsored events is the heart of this program. Many organizations in Valdez provide fun activities that contribute to wellness. We are spotlighting some of these activities and giving them a unique Healthier Valdez stamp.  If you attend the activity they will stamp your passport. Credit and non-credit classes at PWSC are considered sponsored activities.

    • Earn 1 stamp per  credit classes at PWSC. Bring in your class schedule to the Health and Fitness Center to have your passport stamped.
    • Earn 1 stamp per class by taking continuing education classes such as workshops, adult basic education classes, and English as a second language. Stamps will be provided at the activity or at the Health and Fitness Center with confirmation from the registration website.
    • Earn 1 stamp by attending or participating in community activities and events such as rock wall, swimming, concerts, and other events put on by organizations in the community. Stamps will be provided at the event.

    Health and Fitness Center Classes:  Participants can obtain up to 30 stamps for attending classes at the Health & Fitness Center.  Fitness instructors will stamp participants' passports. See the Health and Fitness Center page for a schedule of classes.

    Honor System Self Reporting components: : Participants will log when they have completed the activity.

    Daily Nutrition:

    Developing nutrition goals is as simple as incorporating a vegetable into your daily meal plan, cutting out soda or alcohol, or replacing high-calorie desserts with fruit.  Pick a goal that will push you, but is something you can achieve.  Check off squares by keeping daily nutrition goals. You may be surprised at how good you feel by making even small nutritional improvements.

    Daily Exercise:

    A habit of regular exercise provides tremendous health benefits. Check off squares in the passport for getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. It must be purposeful exercise. Chasing kids, cleaning the house, or walking at various times throughout the day while doing other tasks does not count. Exercise can be performed at a sponsored event, at a H&FC class,  at the H&FC, at home, or anywhere.

    Healthy Commitments:

    Commit to one or more healthy habit for 12 weeks  such as not smoking, sleeping 7 hours per night, or wearing your seat belt. Participants can record healthy commitments in their passport during week 1. Record if you were able to keep these healthy habits through to week 12.

    All program participants are responsible for obtaining a pre-exercise screening by a physician or other qualified professional before beginning any exercise/physical health routine. Participants must continue consultation while participating in ongoing or reoccurring PWSC health and Fitness activities or programs.

    Found passports can be turned in at the H&FC.



    Participate in the post assessment component Saturday April 21, 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Prince William Sound College.

  • Forms and Documents

    All participants are required to fill out a participation form:

    Click here to view and print the form or you can pick up a copy at the Health & Fitness Center.

    Click here to view and print the Food & Exercise Journal.Exercise schedule


  • Questions?
    Contact Chloe Whallon at (907) 834-1655



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