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House Finance completing work on state operating budget

...Committee on Tuesday cut advertising funding for an anti-obesity program and rebuffed a Democratic-led effort to boost education...campaign. The campaign is aimed at addressing childhood obesity and encouraging kids to be active.Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North...
Heroin ranks low among health priorities in Alaska

...Heroin is a relatively small problem in Alaska, falling below issues the state considers public health priorities, including obesity, tobacco use and public water system fluoridation."While heroin use is a serious and growing problem for Alaskans and other...
Empire Editorial: Bar pee sticks not the right fix

...may be struggling with alcohol dependency to take a free pregnancy test inside a bar is like asking someone who's fighting obesity to attend a support group at McDonald's.We're not saying every woman who enters a bar is an alcoholic and we're not...
Arctic Games athletes encourage children to be active

...operated by Healthy Futures and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, seeks to raise awareness about childhood obesity and encourage kids to stay active."We try to have a lot of fun," said Harlow Robinson, Healthy Futures' executive director...
We must fight childhood obesity among minority students

...often I see young adults who developed obesity during childhood. Some of them now a preventable disease, as are other obesity-related ones, like heart disease...less healthy lives than their parents. Obesity's impact is even more problematic for...
Suicide, obesity rates increase in Alaska

ANCHORAGE - The rates for suicide, obesity and infant deaths in Alaska have increased...Health Director Ward Hurlburt said that obesity has become one of the state's most expensive health problems. Complications from obesity such as diabetes and high blood pressure...
Anti-obesity campaign is reasonable and well-grounded

...Michelle Obama launched her campaign against obesity, she's drawn increasing criticism from...big-government playbook for fighting obesity. In fact, a large part of the more insidious "solutions" to the obesity problem being promoted by much of the...
Alaska Farm to School and Alaska Grown programs receive statewide award

...stores and farmers markets," said the nominator, Diane Peck, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Obesity Prevention and Control Program."The Alaska Division of Agriculture is proud of the work that the Farm to School and Marketing...
Alaska flu cases spike; season hasn't peaked

...Natives have a higher rate of underlying medical conditions such as lung disease, diabetes, congestive heart failure and obesity, all of which heighten the chances of hospitalization and death from influenza, she said.Crowded homes, a lack of running...
Outside editorial: Getting a grip on the obesity debate

...According to contrarian views of the obesity/overweight issue, the concern is overblown...challenges the link between health problems and obesity. Some naysayers suggest the antifat campaign...Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity rates leveled off last year, but are...


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