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HPRC Works with Public Health - Seattle & King County to Reduce Obesity and Tobacco Use, June 2010

The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) is partnering with Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) in its efforts to reduce obesity and tobacco use. BEginning in June 2010, HPRC researchers will conduct two workplace health promotion projects as subcontracts of federal grants PHSKC received in March 2010 through the national Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH, is PI for both projects. The contract ends Feb. 28, 2012.

HPRC and the American Cancer Society (ACS) will deliver HealthLinks, a free workplace health promotion intervention, to 50 low-wage workplaces with 20-99 employees in South Seattle and South King County. ACS will help the workplaces implement and sustain policy and programmatic changes that support healthful eating, physical activity, and tobacco cessation. HPRC will evaluate the effect of HealthLinks on the workplaces' implementation of new policies and programs and on employees' eating habits, physical activity levels, and tobacco use.

In a separate piece of the PHSKC contracts, HPRC will partner with the Puget Sound Health Alliance to work with group purchasers (such as chambers of commerce, trade associations, and unions) and insurers to improve insurance coverage of tobacco cessation services and to create group contracts for discounted gym memberships and competitive prices for healthier vending machine and cafeteria foods in small and medium-sized workplaces.