School Partnerships (2013-2015)

5th grade girl drinks milk with her health school lunch 

The Obesity Prevention School Grant Program ended June of 2015. While shortened to just two years, grantee districts had many accomplishments. Four districts successfully updated their local school wellness policy through their school board. Three districts met the criteria to apply for USDA Healthier US School Challenge recognition. Another successfully updated their district health curricula. Several districts increased the number of salad bars available to students and increased their sites offering school breakfast programs. Each of the districts maintained active school wellness teams and successfully increased opportunities for before- and after-school physical activity programs.

A few of the successes of obesity prevention partner districts are highlighted on the Play Every Day Success in Alaska Schools page as well as the blog posts below:

While the PAN Program is no longer funding grantees, we are maintaining partnerships with Alaskan school districts and are committed to providing technical assistance to schools as they work to improve the nutrition and physical activity opportunities for their students. Resources can be found on the Alaska School Wellness Policies webpage. We also provide evaluation and support and technical assistance to the Department of Education and Early Development Child Nutrition Program in their CDC cooperative agreement for school health: Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement Through Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools (DP18-1801)


For more information about the Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) unit in School settings, please email: Lauren Kelsey, MPH or call 907-269-8165.

Webpage updated January 2022