SWAN sponsored programs...past and present.
Valdez, Alaska is known for its winters and better yet, for its surrounding terrain. Valdez Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with the University of Alaska land management, maintains a series of phenomenal cross-country and multi-use trails for public use. Prince William Sound College and SWAN have partnered to create Ski for Free, a program that supplies nordic ski gear to any willing individual with a desire to take advantage of what Valdez winters have to offer. With only a 3-day limitation per use, there is no cost to rent the following gear:
- Skate skis, poles and boots
- Cross-country skis, poles and boots
- Adjustable poles
- GPS units
Prince William Sound College launched the opening of their teaching kitchen in March 2018. The first "healthy cooking" class was attended by a diverse group of community members who learned hands on healthy cooking techniques. More classes and events are coming soon.
Up until 2018 SWAN partnered with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support Healthier You, a Parks & Recreation program that inspires the community to get healthy during the Alaskan winter and into the beginning of summer. Since 2010 the community has lost an average of 1,440 pounds per year.
Although the original Healthier You program was fazed out by the City of Valdez in 2017, Prince William Sound College launched a similar program ("Healthier Valdez") which continues to produce tremendous health-driven results in the lives and families of the Valdez community.
SWAN partners with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support a series of races including 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and fun runs for all ages.
SWAN partners with the City of Valdez Parks & Recreation to support Rock Wall climbing activities for all ages.
SWAN partners with Providence Health & Services and the Valdez City Schools to provide our 5, 6, 7 and 8th graders with activity trackers. SQORD is the fitness platform that makes healthy, active play more fun for kids by allowing them to compete and earn points for everyday activities. Unfortunately, 2018 will be the final year for SQORD. Hopefully something new and exciting will take its place.
SWAN partners with Providence Health & Services and the City of Valdez Police Department to provide free bicycle helmets and fittings to our entire community at our annual Bicycle Safety Event that includes a bicycle rodeo obsticle course, hand signal review and helmet fitting.
This partnership between the Valdez High School and SWAN has provided many new Health and Well-being books to the VHS Library. In 2018, with the support of SWAN new Desk Cycles are now available to students and staff as well.
In the spring of 2016, SWAN partnered with the Valdez Community Garden Association to establish a garden near the Providence Valdez Medical Center and the Valdez Senior Center. garden plots were made available to all Valdez residents interested in growing fresh vegetables and developing community relationships with fellow gardeners. In its upcoming third year, the garden continues to grow in popularity and sustainability.