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Alaska Obesity Facts: Local Foods


What's the link between obesity and local foods?

Research supports a connection between access to healthy food and increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, which can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases and help maintain a healthy weight. 

Graph showing the prevalence of local food activities of Alaska Adults by region in 2011. Harvest Wild Foods:Anchorage & Fairbanks=61%, Mat-Su, Gulf Coast and Southeast=72%, Rural=86%; Purchase from Farmer*: Anchorage & Fairbanks=58%, Mat-Su, Gulf Coast and Southeast=43%, Rural=30%; Consume from Own Garden: Anchorage & Fairbanks=37%, Mat-Su, Gulf Coast and Southeast=42%, Rural=15%. Source: Alaska BRFSS 2011. *Purchased at farmers' markets, farm stands, u-pick farms or CSA's. 

To learn more facts about the link between obesity and local foods download the pdf.

To learn more about obesity in Alaska visit Alaska Obesity Prevention and Control. For more obesity fact sheets and publications go to the Publications and Resources page.

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