Obesity Prevention - Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids
The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids is committed to preventing childhood obesity in Alaska.
Mission: Reverse the upward trend of childhood overweight and obesity prevalence and its impact on the Alaska economy to improve the well-being of current and future Alaskans.
To prevent childhood obesity, the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids engages a full complement of committed individuals in efforts to reduce childhood obesity and improve children’s health in Alaska. The Alliance membership represents individuals, families, communities, schools, worksites, health care, public education, media, industry, and government and non-government organizations committed to preventing childhood obesity and improving the health of Alaskans.
The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids organizes its efforts around the Strategic Plan to Address Childhood Obesity in Alaska. The alliance takes a public health approach and focuses on environment- and policy-based strategies to “change the context” and improve the ability for everyone to make healthier choices for our kids. Making policy changes in schools, healthcare organizations, communities and other settings will have a great deal of impact on our opportunities for healthy living.
Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids Strategic Plan - Executive Summary (225kb)
Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids Strategic Plan - Full Plan (2mb)
Priority 1: Promote comprehensive, high quality physical and health education (K-12) for Alaska students.
Priority 2: Promote adoption and integration of evidence-based or consensus guidelines for prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of overweight and obesity from pregnancy through adolescence by primary healthcare providers.
Priority 3: Improve access to healthy choices and healthy environments for parents and children, to increase healthy eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding.
Maintain a comprehensive public education and communications effort that uses a social marketing approach to promote physical activity and other health messages for children and their families.
This priority is not a standalone activity, but a way to make positive change by promoting healthy schools, healthcare and communities through social marketing. The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids supports Play Every Day, a social marketing campaign produced by the Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program and Healthy Futures.
Small workgroups will collaborate to achieve these priorities, guided by the leadership and direction of the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids Steering Committee. These groups will implement Action Plans developed during the Summit and revised as groups met.
Six Indicators for Promoting Healthy Kids: These six indicators, recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as evidence-based best targets for reducing obesity, will be tracked by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to help evaluate the efforts of the Alliance.
1: Increase Breastfeeding Initiation, Duration and Exclusivity
2: Increase Fruit & Vegetable Consumption
3: Increase Physical Activity
4: Decrease Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption
5: Decrease Energy-Dense (“Junk”) Food Consumption
6: Decrease Non-Academic Screen Time
History of the Alliance for Healthy Kids
The Alliance formed to expand the reach of an interagency taskforce of leaders in the health and education fields called Alaskans Taking on Childhood Obesity (ATCO). Since the members of ATCO understood that childhood obesity is caused by a complex array of factors and that the solution would require a comprehensive, coordinated, long-term approach, they recommended establishing an alliance to guide, coordinate and expand the reach of childhood obesity prevention efforts. The State of Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control Program assists the Alliance and the program staff provides the physical activity and nutrition expertise.
Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids Contact
Karol Fink, MS RD
Obesity Prevention and Control Program Manager
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503