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Obesity summit to be held in Anchorage

The Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids, a new statewide group committed to preventing childhood obesity in Alaska, will hold its first Childhood Obesity Prevention and Child Health Summit Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

The alliance consists of organizations and individuals working in multiple sectors, including health care, education, private industry, and government. About 100 Alaskans have signed up to attend the summit next week.

Members of the press are invited to stop by any time. The agenda is available at: http://akhealthykids.org/agenda/.

Some of the key addresses and demonstrations include:

Monday, Sept. 16    

  • 9:10 to 10:15 a.m. — Amy Greene with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors gives an overview of the relationship between adolescent academic performance and health behaviors like physical activity and nutrition.
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Alaska Native local chef Rob Kinneen will talk about the culture of food in Alaska.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Chandra Poe from Fit4Mom will orchestrate a wellness and fitness break.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

  • 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. — Mouhcine Guettabi, assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, discusses the economic costs of childhood obesity.
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Jean Kilbourne, renowned national author and filmmaker (Killing Us Softly) talks about how food and sugary drinks are marketed to children in her keynote, “Falling in Love with Food: How Food and Sugary Drink Marketers Seduce Us.”

For more information about the Summit or the Alaska Alliance for Healthy Kids, visit http://akhealthykids.org. For more information about the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Obesity Prevention and Control Program, visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/Obesity/default.aspx.

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