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King County was one of nine communities awarded a grant by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program*. King County’s project led by the Housing Authority focuses on improving the policies and systems that support healthy eating and active living for children at four public housing sites. Incredibly diverse populations live at these sites. At one, for example, more than half of the 1,100 residents are 18 years old or younger and nearly half of the families do not speak English at home.
The King County Housing Authority's goal is to link public housing residents, housing authorities and community organizations and build new social and physical environments that will promote healthy lifestyles and combat childhood obesity. Plans include improving consumption of healthy foods; creating a strong local and sustainable food system; increasing physical activity access and levels; and enhancing public housing social and built environments to support healthy living.
King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program
* About Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), advances community-based solutions that will help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It focuses on changing policies and environments to support active living and healthy eating among children and families. The program places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of income, race/ethnicity and geographic location.
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Children, families at four public housing sites
Seattle, King County