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Texas “Cafeteria Crusader” comes to Alaska

Susan Combs to discuss the impact of obesity

Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, will be in Alaska to present the keynote address at the state’s School Health and Wellness Institute, Oct. 31–Nov. 2, 2013, at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage.

Comptroller Combs has long been a crusader for Texas children and children’s health, first in her role as assistant district attorney in Dallas County, then continuing as the first woman elected to be the Texas agriculture commissioner. As the agriculture commissioner, Combs launched the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy, which promoted healthier eating by limiting serving sizes and caloric content and requiring daily offerings of fruit and vegetables. Her efforts led Time Magazine to dub her the “Cafeteria Crusader.”

In 2012, her office also launched ReshapingTexas.org, a comprehensive Web portal focused on the economic impact of obesity in Texas, in addition to providing resources for preventing and treating obesity.

Comptroller Combs was also featured in the HBO documentary series The Weight of the Nation, a public health campaign aimed at raising awareness of and reducing obesity.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, in conjunction with the Anchorage School District, is organizing opportunities for the media to interview Combs during a talk show or news format either telephonically, by arrangement, before her arrival in Anchorage, or telephonically or in person in Anchorage during her time in Alaska. A media opportunity is also being arranged for Wed., Oct. 30, 2013, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Begich Middle School lunch room, where Comptroller Combs will highlight healthy food choices, salad bars and the Healthy Futures physical activity program.

To make arrangements in advance, please contact Greg Wilkinson at the numbers listed above or Wendy Hamilton, School Health Program Manager, at wendy.hamilton@alaska.gov or 465-2768.

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