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or to join the
Alaskans Taking on Childhood
Obesity Taskforce


Andrea Fenaughty, PhD.
CDPHP Epidemiologist
Alaska DHSS
Division of Public Health
(907) 269-8025

Alaskans Taking on Childhood Obesity (ATCO) Taskforce

The ATCO Charge

ATCO is charged with:

  • Focusing Alaska’s efforts to reverse the trend of increasing rates of overweight and obesity among children – preschool through high school – with the intent to have a lifelong impact;
  • Developing a team approach and partnership involving education, public health, and other governmental agencies in this effort;
  • Recommending evidence-based strategies that can be implemented to move Alaska in the direction of reducing its childhood obesity rates; and
  • Making specific commitments to work on these strategies collaboratively over the next several years.

Membership includes commissioners from Health & Social Services and Education and Early Development, the Anchorage School District superintendent, and representatives from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska State Senate, and the Alaska Association of School Boards.

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