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Alaska’s Response to Obesity

Alaska’s Response to Obesity

  • Alaska Physical Education Standardsare voluntary guidelines for school districts created by Alaska educators and adopted by the State Board of Education & Early Development in 2010.
  • Alaska Food Policy Council's mission is to improve the food system for the benefit of all Alaskans. Active partners include state agencies, tribal entities, universities, farmers, fisheries, and industry.
  • SNAP EBT – Farmers’ Market Pilot Project [PDF - 718Kb] is currently being evaluated. It pilot tested the feasibility of farmers’ markets’ ability to utilize Electronic Benefit Transfer machines to accept SNAP (also known as Food Stamps) and other debit cards.
  • Alaska Division of Agriculture Farm-to-School Program is a new partner for the Obesity Prevention and Control Program (OPCP). Since its inception last year, the OPCP has participated in the FTS Advisory Board and strategic planning.

State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile

Download State Profile [PDF – 795KB]

Adult Overweight and Obesity

Among Alaska’s adults age 18 and over 1

  • 65.6% of adults were overweight, with a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater
  • 24.5% of adults were obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater

Adolescent Overweight and Obesity 2

Among Alaska’s adolescents in grades 9 through 12 2

  • 14.4% were overweight (>85th and < 95th percentiles for BMI by age and sex)
  • 11.8% were obese (>95th percentile for BMI by age and sex)

Child Overweight and Obesity

Among Alaska’s children aged 2 years to less than 5 years 3

  • Data not available

For more detailed data on rates of fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity and breastfeeding, please see Alaska’s State Profile [PDF – 795Kb].


  1. CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Prevalence and Trend Data – Overweight and Obesity, U.S. Obesity Trends, Trends by State 2010. Available online at
  2. CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health. The 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available online at
  3. CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. 2010 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System. Available online at

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