As we look forward to the upcoming 2017 Iditarod Trail Race, we are requesting your help and support for Alaskans Changing Together (ACT) , and “ACT on the Trail”. In the fall of 2015 we had the opportunity to introduce this Wellness Initiative with Governor Bill Walker and the support of our congressional delegation. ACT empowers Alaskans to establish wellness goals, encourage their families, friends and neighbors, and work to prevent abuse, neglect, suicide and suffering in their communities.
“ACT on the Trail” links the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race with Alaskans Changing Together. Given that our primary advocate and spokesman, John Baker, and ACT Program Director, Katherine Keith, are both racing in Iditarod 2017 this makes perfect sense. Iditarod is an exciting time when people from all walks of life come together to support the race and the Alaskan spirit and strength it represents.
To maximize positive impact ACT on the Trail is partnering with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and the Iditarod race.
ANTHC healthy initiatives include:
- Healthy Alaskans 2020 – bringing together partners from many sectors across the state to improve health and ensure health equity for all Alaskans through shared understanding, united efforts, and collective accountability.
- Tobacco Prevention & Control – ANTHC’s Tobacco Prevention and Control program works to reduce tobacco use among Alaska Native people.
- Youth Groups and Coalitions: IKnowMine.org – providing truthful and accurate information that youth can trust in order for them to be in control of their own health. BeYouAlaska.com – a statewide media campaign that seeks to prevent and reduce underage drinking among youth by challenging the misconception that most teens drink alcohol.
The ACT Initiative represents these same values, and “ACT Along the Trail” is a unique opportunity to increase involvement in the race and to make Alaska a better place through acting to:
- Form youth councils, wellness coalitions, and youth leader programs at every checkpoint community along the Iditarod trail.
- Increase engagement of community residents with the Iditarod.
- Promote wellness, and increase awareness and utilization of existing prevention programs.
- Offer financial support to community organizations participating in “ACT on the Trail” and generate the greatest local positive impact.
- Obtain a commitment from partners for sustainable statewide action on prevention and wellness.
Specifically, this is the plan. We want for every community, along the Iditarod Trail to establish a:
Please join Governor Walker, our partners statewide, and the ACT Team, by becoming a part of “ACT on the Trail”. Your participation will help Alaskans come together through the Iditarod and impact wellness statewide.
If you want to help fund "ACT on the Trail" go to our Go Fund Me site.