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Anchorage AK 99503
Fax: 907.269.5446

Obesity Prevention and Control Program - Home: About the Program

Obesity continues to be a serious health concern in Alaska. In 2014, 66% of adults were overweight or obese and the state has high rates of childhood and youth obesity. Overweight and obesity are alarming because both conditions increase the risk for a number of health problems, including chronic diseases, which can lead to reduced quality of life, premature death, and substantial medical care - and productivity-related costs.

  • 31% of Alaskan high school students are overweight or obese; 14% are classified as obese (2015)
  • 45% of Alaskan high school students drink one of more soda or sugary drink each day (2015) 
  • 52% of Alaskan high school students watch TV, videos, or use a computer for non-academic reasons for three or more hours of each day (2015)
  • 79% of Alaskan high school students do not meet the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes every day (2015)
  • 74% of Alaskan adults do not meet the aerobic and muscle strengthening physical activity recommendation (2013)
  • 46% of Alaskan adults watch TV, videos, DVDS or use a computer outside of work for more than 3 hours every day (2013) 


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What we do:

Our mission is to prevent and reduce obesity among Alaskans though the promotion of physical activity and good nutrition. The program:

  • ​manages the Play Every Day campaign, Community Nutrition efforts, and the Obesity Prevention School Partnerships and the Early Care and Education Initiative;
  • serves as a credible source of information on the causes, health and economic consequences of obesity;
  • provides information to the public, health professionals, and the media;
  • maintain systematic collection, analysis, evaluation and reporting of obesity prevalence and related physical activity and nutrition behaviors;
  • identifies population groups at greatest risk for the health threats of obesity;
  • develops partnerships with and provides leadership to a wide variety of private and public agencies;
  • provides technical advice and support to partners in implementing obesity prevention strategies;
  • facilitates the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids that works to prevent childhood obesity; and