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School district report tracks student obesity

One in every three students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is either overweight or obese. This ratio has held steady for at least the past three years.
CPH sees spike in influenza cases

Central Peninsula Hospital has confirmed 34 cases of influenza since the October start of the flu season. Eight of those patients ended up being hospitalized.
Vaccinations encouraged as flu season arrives

...2011-2012 season spiking in April. Both those high points saw between 400 and 500 cases, according to the Alaska Division of Public Health Section of Epidemiology's website, The vaccines can be administered...
All Wildwood inmates to be tested for tuberculosis

...said the prison-wide tests "follow protocol." Dr. Beth Funk, the TB control officer for with the Alaska Division of Public Health, said once a positive case of TB is identified, the next step is testing people who have been exposed to...
Environment must be monitored, but scare tactics wrong What others say

Yet another environmental scare has proven to be unjustified alarmism. The Alaska Division of Public Health has issued a report reassuring people living near the Red Dog zinc mine that berries and greens from the area are perfectly safe...
When it comes to health care costs, every little bit helps

The Kenai Peninsula Borough recently announced its participation in a discount prescription drug program offered through the National Association of Counties, or NACo, of which the borough is a member.
Peninsula teen births higher than national average

School programs and the availability of reproductive health services keep the Kenai Peninsula's teen birth rate consistent with Alaska's largest city, health officials said. However, according to Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics data, the Peninsula has a higher teen birth rate than the national average despite three straight years of national decline. The consequences of teen pregnancy, such as higher likelihood of welfare use and child neglect, can have a negative effect on mother and child.
OP-ed: Delay in vaccinations a cause for concern

...slightly to 39th. Despite this slow but steady trend in the right direction, a recent study performed by the Alaska Division of Public Health indicated that more Alaska mothers have been choosing to delay or decline vaccines for their children. This...
Rate of AIDS growing for Alaska Natives

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Natives are infected with HIV and AIDS at a higher rate than caucasion Alaskans -- and state health officials aren't sure why.
State wins award for low income nutrition program

...Award. ''We were the only WIC program to get the award,'' said Karen Pearson, deputy director of the Alaska Division of Public Health, which administers the program. Alaska has 27 WIC hubs that serve 12 villages accessible only by water...


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