Children’s is planting seeds for healthy living among nearly 500,000 people in South Seattle and South King County through a community-based prevention initiative. Children’s is planting seeds for healthy living
among nearly 500,000 people in South Seattle and South King County through a community-based prevention initiative.
Together with the Healthy King County Coalition and Public Health — Seattle & King County, we’re using a
federal Community Transformation Grant (CTG) to support policies and projects that promote nutritious eating, physical activity and tobacco-free environments in numerous communities where these programs are needed most.
Over the last year, we have partnered with local government, schools, childcare, hospitals and community organizations. For example, the CTG helped a group of seven school districts work together to make healthy school lunches more appealing to students, funded a farm tour so schools could learn about sourcing fresh food directly from farmers and helped two school districts update their physical education programs.
Children’s and its CTG partners also educated stakeholders on policies like increasing the supply of tobacco-free affordable housing and adding single gender sessions at public pools to enable people from all cultures to swim for exercise. Renton Public Housing and Renton Parks are now smoke free, and Tukwila offers weekly swims for men and women. Washington CAN! shares findings about barriers and opportunities to healthy living in their community with Auburn residents and community leaders.
CTG builds on a previous federal grant called Communities Putting Prevention to Work, which led to a 17% decline in youth obesity in King County,
according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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