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About the Program

Key Program Efforts

Building Partnerships

Get out and Play. Every Day. !

How many sodas does the average Alaska teen
drink per day?

Is obesity really on the rise
in Alaska?

What are the economic costs
of obesity in Alaska?

For answers to these and many more important questions read the Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Alaska, Summary Report:
Burden of Overweight and Obesity in Alaska, Summary Report

Obesity Prevention and Control Program

About the Program: Who we are

Obesity continues to be a serious health concern in Alaska. In 2013, 65% 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.

  • 26% of Alaskan high school students are overweight or obese; 12% are classified as obese (2013)
  • 45% of Alaskan high school students drink one of more soda or sugary drink each day (2013) 
  • 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 (2013)
  • 79% of Alaskan high school students do not meet the physical activity recommendation of 60 minutes every day (2013)
  • 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 Grants;
  • 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
  • facilitates the Alaska Food Policy Council that works to strengthen Alaska’s food systems to spur local economic development, increase food security, and improve nutrition and health.

Program Contacts


3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage AK 99503
Fax: 907.269.5446