These guidelines are intended to support community members in educating each other about better food and drink choices to offer in schools, meetings, homes, cultural and recreational events, and in restaurants. There is information presented for various types of community members, from general background information on the
issues facing communities to specific handouts that can assist individuals in choosing better snacks for lunches.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services implemented the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 1990 in
cooperation with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The system gathers information about the health-related lifestyle choices of Alaskan adults related to leading causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and injury. The program is part of an ongoing national data collection system. Results are analyzed each year to improve our understanding of Alaskan
health habits and to measure progress toward national and state health objectives. This report summarizes survey findings from
1991 to 1996 and compares the results to selected national health objectives presented in the Healthy People 2000 publication.