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3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503
Phone: (907) 269-2020
Fax: (907) 269-5446
​obesity@alaska.gov

Physical Activity and Nutrition​

Highlights:

Alaskans can prevent many diseases and early deaths if they grow up at a healthy weight and maintain that healthy weight throughout their life. About 1 out of 3 Alaska children is overweight or obese, as are 2 out of 3 adults.

Our mission is to improve Alaskans’ quality of life and lower related health care costs. Our work focuses on reducing obesity-related disease and death from diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers and other health problems linked to a lack of physical activity and poor nutrition.

Our program:
  • Helps young Alaskans grow up healthy by improving physical activity and nutrition in schools and child care programs
  • Supports building a healthy workforce by improving the availability of healthy foods and drinks in workplaces
  • Helps Alaskans be physically active by ensuring convenient routes for walking and biking to schools, parks and stores​
  • Educates the public through the Play Every Day campaign on ways to maintain a healthy weight though nutrition and physical activity
  • Collects, evaluates and reports on obesity trends, physical activity and nutrition behaviors​ among children and adults

Individuals, communities and schools can do the following:

Support Alaskans to adopt healthy habits that can lower their risk for weight-related diseases:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight,
  • Getting regular physical activity,
  • Limiting sugary drink consumption, and
  • Supporting breastfeeding to help infants grow up at a healthy weight.

Join our partnership with Healthy Futures​, so more elementary schools participate and more children log their daily physical activity and build the healthy habit of staying active.

Talk with your health care provider about ways to maintain a healthy weight.

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