Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 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.

New & Notable

2008 State Plan Cover  

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!

Tool kitHealthy 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: Featured Activities

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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...

Basic Food

Take a Fresh Look:
Basic Food

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 - Vancouver, WA

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 @ Seatac, WA



Funding Opportunities

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.

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About the Newsletter

Partners in Action is a quarterly
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