New & Notable
Updated State Plan Launched!
The 2008 update of the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan includes new examples of initiatives across the state and many other new features.
Now available online!
Healthy Communities Tool Kit Expanded!
The Healthy Communities Tool Kit Part 2: Implementing and Evaluating Success" features key lessons and resources used in Washington communities as they mobilized to make policy and environmental changes. more...
The New Partners In Action Web Site is Live!
The 2008 update of the State Plan provided an ideal opportunity to refresh the Partners in Action Web site's look and content. As you explore the new site, you will many new features including the 2008 Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan in a browsable Web-based format and as a PDF. check out the site...
The Plan in Action:
Washington State Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
Children in twenty-five schools across the state are enjoying Washington- grown fruit and vegetable snacks this year as a result of the Local Farms - Healthy Kids bill passed by the Washington state legislature last spring. more...
Promoting Access to Healthy Foods in Rainier Valley
The Healthy and Active Rainier Valley Coalition's Healthy Restaurant Initiative, Shop Arounds, and Community Kitchen aimed to improve access to nutritious foods and increase awareness of healthy options in the community. more...
Garden Raised Bounty
Through its farm and garden programs, GRuB helps to ensure sustainable access to fresh produce for food insecure individuals and families. GRuB's 2008 youth crew grew more than 8,335 pounds of produce for the Thurston County Food Bank, their families and for market. more...
Take a Fresh Look:
In October 2008, Washington broadened eligibility for the Basic Food Program by increasing the gross income cap from 130% to 200% of the federal poverty level. DSHS estimates that 23,000 additional households could enroll in the program. more...
City of Tacoma: A Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
The City's efforts to support mothers as they return to work include a progressive breastfeeding policy that encourages supervisors to allow 30-minute breaks for mothers to express milk and a comfortable lactation room. more...
Colorsplash! Therapy Playground and Garden at Fircrest School
With the help of University of Washington students, Fircrest School created a garden and playground that offers active therapy options for residents with severe developmental disabilities. The garden incorporates features that stimulate physical coordination and improve safety. more...
No Child Left Inside
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission provided grants to twenty-five outdoor education and recreation programs across the state to help get Washington's children away from TV and other screens and back outside to learn about and enjoy nature. more...
In Motion Encourages Active Transportation Options
King County Metro Transit partners with local communities to encourage healthier travel options. Using social marketing strategies, the program helps residents learn about and try car-free options for work and errands. more...
Mark Your Calendar
2009 Washington State Dietetic Association Convention -
Food & Nutrition: Your Northwest Connection
April 26-28, 2009 -
2009 Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Summit: Building a Bridge to Policy Action
May 7-8, 2009 - Washington, DC
3rd Annual Washington Healthy Schools Summit
May 28-29, 2009 @
2009 Feed Your Brain Grants
Deadline - March 27, 2009
Washington State Recreational Trails Program
Deadline - April 1, 2009
Looking for Tools & Resources that were developed for you?
Many tools to improve nutrition and physical activity through policy and environmental change are available on the Partners in Action web site.
Look for the Washington icon to find resources that were developed and tested in Washington or that feature Washington state examples.