Schools offer healthy alternatives for students
A new TV ad released by the state showcases how some Alaska schools are promoting student health.
The 30-second spot from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services highlights a new program in the North Slope Borough School District that turns some schools soda-free. According to DHSS, soda isn't allowed on elementary and middle-school campuses in the borough, soda can't be sold in the schools and students aren't allowed to bring the sugary drinks from home.
In an effort to give an alternative to unhealthy drinks, another Southeast Alaska school has installed water-bottle filling stations. The state says district staff gave each student a water bottle to use at the filling stations.
The ad is part of the Play Every Day campaign, which increases awareness of factors in childhood obesity and encourages families to choose healthy alternatives and an active lifestyle.
Its website offers tips on activities and suggestions for a healthy diet.
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