Enough with the "War on Women" talk already. Recent remarks by Republican Sen. Pete Kelly of Fairbanks during an interview about his effort to combat Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have been carried way out of proportion.
"In Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, drowning surpasses all other causes of death to children 14 and under" (Infantswim.com). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2007, there were 3,443 fatal unintentional drownings in the United States, averaging ten deaths per day!
More than one in three people in the United States is obese, the category beyond overweight, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.
ANCHORAGE - Too few Alaskans are getting an annual flu shot, doctors say, with some patients claiming they are too healthy to need a vaccination and others saying the side effects scare them away.
JUNEAU - Aiming to reduce childhood obesity, the state health department plans to study the policies of Alaska schools for physical education and recess, an official said Thursday.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services began distributing more than 90,000 doses of vaccine to clinics across the state last month in preparation for the coming flu season.
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