Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2009
The Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan's overarching goal is to build environments and establish policies that promote healthful living. Partners in Action showcases initiatives and resources that support the Plan's objectives and "make the healthy choice the easy choice" for Washington's residents.

The Plan in Action: Featured Activities

Bridging Community Access to Healthy Local Foods

Mount Vernon's Saturday and mid-week farmers markets promote access to fresh, local foods and engages customers with nutrition education, cooking demos, children's activities, and outreach for Basic Foods and WIC.more...

Wireless Technology Mini-grants for Farmers Markets

Washington State Farmers Markets Association awarded 20 mini-grants to farmers markets across the state in 2009 to increase access to farmers markets by food stamp and debit/credit customers. more...

Harvest Against Hunger

The Harvest Against Hunger project increases the amount of fresh produce available to hunger relief agencies in Washington by creating connections with local farms and building volunteer capacity to glean produce that would otherwise go unharvested. more...

Advocating for Access to Healthy Food for All in Kittitas County

Shape Up Kittitas County's Food Access Coalition brings together organizations and community members to advocate for consistent access to healthy food and an understanding of nutrition for everyone in the county. more...

South Sound Breastfeeding Welcome Here Campaign

The Olympia Farmers' Market, South Puget Sound Community College, and a growing list of South Sound businesses and institutions are displaying the International Breastfeeding Symbol to alert moms to locations where they can breastfeed comfortably. more...

Breastfeeding Protections Added to Washington State Anti-Discrimination Statutes

A breastfeeding civil rights bill (HB 1596) enacted in the 2009 Washington state legislative session protects a woman’s right to breastfeed in public places such as parks, theaters, malls, and hospitals. more...

Making is Easier for Island County Youth to Eat Well and Be Active

Island County Public Health's Healthy Island Youth Initiative uses policy and environmental strategies drawn from the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan to provide access to healthful foods and physical activity opportunities for children in child care, schools, and the community. more...

Ellensburg Adds Bicycle Friendly Amenities and Street Markings

During a celebration of National Bike-to-Work Day in May, the city of Ellensburg launched a sharrow markings pilot project that was recommended in the city's recently adopted non-motorized transportation plan. New artist-designed bike racks were also unveiled. more...

Mark Your Calendar

September 25, 2009
Washington State Food & Nutrition Council Annual Conference: "The Right to Eat: Exploring Food Policy, Access and Equity" - Renton, WA

October 5-6, 2009
Washington State Joint Conference on Health - "Healthy People in Healthy Places: A New Path to Hope" - Yakima, WA

October 7-8 & October 9, 2009

2009 Healthy Worksite Summit - - Bellevue, WA & Spokane, WA

October 15, 2009

Healthier Aging in Washington: Evidence Based Program Strategies, Partnerships & Successes - SeaTac, WA



Funding Opportunities

Alliance for Biking & Walking Advocacy Advance Grants Program
Deadline for inquiry application - 8/26/09

Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grants
Application cycle opens 7/15/09, closes 9/15/09

Childhood Hunger Grants to Encourage After-School and Summer Meal Program Participation
Accepting applications from 6/1-9/30/09

2010 Youth Garden Grants
Application Deadline - 11/2/09



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Many tools to improve nutrition and physical activity through policy and environmental change are available on the Partners in Action web site.

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Partners in Action is a quarterly
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