Healthy King County Newsletter
November 2011
In This Issue
Burien joins five local communities with smoke-free parks
Youth in Action! teams document healthy choices in their neighborhoods
Making Redmond neighborhoods healthier
Implementing tobacco regulations in early learning
Wellness meets science fun
Celebrating healthy policies at Seattle churches
The Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
Volunteers needed to help plan January Coalition celebration
CPPW partners in action
CPPW in the news
Burien joins five local communities with tobacco- or smoke-free parks

The city of Burien declared its parks, beaches, playgrounds and playfields to be tobacco- and smoke-free on Nov. 17, joining Auburn, Covington, Seattle, Snoqualmie and the Vashon Parks District, which have similar policies.


"We're proud to be joining other cities in King County in declaring our parks smoke-free," said Burien Mayor Joan McGilton. "This benefits the entire community and is in line with the City's vision of promoting a healthy environment for people of all ages."


"When folks come to a public park, they expect to breathe fresh air - not someone else's cigarettes," said King County Executive Dow Constantine, who said he will work with the County Council to develop a no-smoking policy for King County parks.


 Burien Parks go smoke-free


Tobacco-free parks reduce exposure to second-hand smoke for children and families, and reduce pollution from cigarette butts, the main source of litter in public places.


Tobacco-free parks are part of a broad movement to create healthy and smoke-free areas, especially for kids and the most vulnerable. In recent months many hospitals, housing providers, and mental health and chemical dependency centers have also gone smoke-free.


In other places with smoke-free parks policies, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the policies are enforced mostly by residents themselves, much like with dog leash and alcohol policies. Residents  can also contact the parks departments about areas where the policy is not followed   

Youth in Action! teams document healthy choices in their neighborhoods


Seven Youth in Action! teams from across King County joined forces to create a photovoice project on healthy eating and active living in their communities.

CMCH Youth in Action Photovoice Project
CMCH Youth in Action Photovoice Project
The Youth in Action! teams took photographs and recorded narratives documenting what it's like to try to find healthy food and get physical activity in neighborhoods ranging from the Central Area in Seattle to Federal Way. Projects focused on:
  • School campus menu choices
  • Availability of healthy options around their schools and in their neighborhoods
  • Accessibility to parks and school grounds for physical activity
  • Safety and incidents of violence against young people throughout the community
  • The role that advertising plays in the decision making process around healthier lifestyles

The teams were convened by the Center for Multicultural Health, with the goal of empowering youth to seek and demand healthy choices in their neighborhoods. Click here to watch the photovoice project. 

Making Redmond neighborhoods healthier

Residents of Redmond will have greater access to healthy foods in their neighborhoods, thanks to recent updates to the City's Comprehensive Plan.


When it came time to update the plan, the City engaged in extensive community outreach efforts and found a significant level of interest from community members in both better access to healthy foods and backyard chickens.


 Redmond Community Input Meeting


As a result of community feedback, the City recently adopted amendments to Neighborhood Commerical policies and regulations that will allow additional small-scale grocery stores in residential areas in Redmond, giving community members better access to healthy foods where they live.


In addition, the Redmond City Council will take action in early December to allow single-family residences to keep hens. Several grassroots organizations have offered their ongoing support to ensure that Redmond community members have opportunities to learn proper animal husbandry and land management techniques for raising chickens.

Promoting health in early learning

By Matthew Gulbranson, PSESD

It's well-known that tobacco use is higher in low-income communities. Publicly funded early learning sites, such as Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP, are ideal venues for tobacco interventions because parents receive a great deal of support while engaged in the program.


Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) has been integrating tobacco policies, procedures, and training into the core infrastructure of the Head Start and ECEAP programs in King County. PSESD is enlisting early learning providers to adopt a comprehensive tobacco policy which includes a "Tobacco-Free Work Day." This prohibits employees from using tobacco anytime during the work day or coming to work with tobacco odors (thirdhand smoke). Eight early learning providers have implemented the policy, with more on the way.


PSESD not only supports its own early learning providers to adopt and implement this policy, but have also shared this policy and procedures (such as screening families for tobacco use and exposure) with agencies outside its network, including Child Care Resources of King County, the State Department of Early Learning, the Washington Association of Head Start and ECEAP, and the American Legacy Foundation. In turn, the American Legacy Foundation is helping other early learning agencies throughout the country implement systems change work relating to tobacco.


PSESD is able to provide early learning staff with best practice to engage families about risks of tobacco use and exposure while meeting the many sensitive needs of the 4,000 families they serve. This continued support of families, changed policies and procedures for early learning sites and centers, and recommended changes to policy and regulation on a state and federal level will help advance a nationwide movement to protect our youngest citizens.


Learn more about PSESD's Tobacco Cessation Project.


Kids playing

Wellness meets science fun!

By Meredith Braud and Zeta Strickland, Pacific Science Center 

After months of work to develop hands-on activities that bring to life the science of wellness, Pacific Science Center is delivering workshops to families and youth all over King County. 


"Mission: Nutrition" is a workshop for families and youth to engage in hands-on activities such as measuring out the amount of sugar you'd find in a typical serving of soda, sampling some interesting fruits and vegetables, and trying out some easy rules to make nutritious choices every day. To date, the "Mission: Nutrition" workshop has reached 555 people in King County.


In addition to the immersive workshop experience, activities were developed for guests visiting Pacific Science Center that focus on what makes neighborhoods healthy. With these activities you can think about the characteristics of your own community or try your hand at building a new neighborhood: add parks, build roads and think about the types of buildings and resources a healthy neighborhood needs! The same activities are being delivered at community events throughout the greater Seattle area.  These activities have reached 5200 people to date.

Pacific Science Center is still looking for organizations that want to host these free nutrition workshops and neighborhood wellness activities. The length of the workshops can be tailored to fit the group - from 30 minutes to 2 hours. If you're interested in scheduling something at your event or location, please contact Chris Sullivan at

Celebrating healthy policies at Seattle churches 

Moving Together in Faith and Health held a Full Circle Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to celebrate their tremendous strides in promoting healthy eating and active living in the church environment. Approximately 100 congregants gathered at the Central Cinema in Seattle, where the volunteer members of each church change team were lauded for their exceptional dedication to the project over the past 18 months. 


The participating churches are New Direction Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church.


All six churches have implemented church-based policies regarding the serving of healthy foods and limiting and/or eliminating sugary beverages during church functions. All policies emphasize serving water and many have re-formulated church special occasion menus and recipes to be nutritionally sound. 


Of the six churches involved, five had active soda vending machines. These vending machines have been removed from the churches and most replaced with water coolers. Policies adopted at some churches also include church garden policies and procurement guidelines. Several of the churches have the guidelines posted on their church websites. In total, 25 policy changes regarding nutrition, physical activity, vending machine guidelines, food procurement, and church gardens were added. 


Other changes include a newly formed discount purchasing partnership with central co-op and Red Apple Markets, the location of the Seattle Wholesale market into the Zion parking lot and a guest editorial written by the pastors for the Seattle Times. Their community leadership will also be featured in the Pacific Science Center exhibit during a video illustrating how local leaders can make an impact beyond their organizations.

 Moving Together in Faith and Health

About CPPW

In the spring of 2010, Public Health - Seattle & King County and partners were awarded a highly competitive Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant to advance policy, system and environment changes to create neighborhoods that foster health and reduce disease. For more information on CPPW in King County, please visit our website. If you have any feedback or suggestions on our newsletter, contact Katie Ross


The Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project

Seniors in the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe are eating healthier, thanks to the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project. As part of the project, the Muckleshoot Senior Center has partnered with the Puget Sound Food Network to bring fresh, local produce to the Muckleshoot Seniors lunch program.


Since the partnership began, the Muckleshoot Senior Center has experienced a 30 percent increase in Elders eating lunch at the center, where at least 170 Elders are offered fresh, local produce with their lunches. Many have even started bringing their grandchildren in with them to eat.


Several Elders report positive outcomes that include weight loss, increased satiation, and stabilized blood sugars. Dietary changes are also being embraced, as many Elders have redefined their comfort foods to be things like seafood salad and homemade clam chowder.


In addition to training staff at the Senior Center, a wide variety of cooks who work with community programs through the Muckleshoots -- including tribal school, daycare, the youth center and Head Start programs -- received a two-day training to enhance the tribal cooks' culinary talents, nutrition education, creativity and provide support for cooks as they begin to work with new types of fresh ingredients.


Further, the partnership has inspired other tribal programs to embrace similar food sovereignty and farm-to-table principles. 


Volunteers needed to help plan January Coalition celebration

Do you have strong ideas about how to celebrate the accomplishments of CPPW? Are you a good party planner?

We are starting to plan a celebratory meeting for the January 24 Coalition meeting. We need a few volunteers for three meetings in the upcoming months.


Interested? Contact Nicole Sadow-Hasenberg at Nicole or 206-263-8699.


CPPW partners

in action 

Change takes time and it won't be easy, but CPPW partners have already taken steps to build a healthier King County.


November 2011

Auburn Regional Medical Center  implements a tobacco-free campus policy. Free support groups are available for community members on site.


The City of Burien announces a new tobacco-free parks policy, joining five other cities in King County with smoke-free policies.


October 2011

The "Your Power, Your Voice: Youth Leadership Summit" brings together more than 150 students for healthier communities.


The Mapping Our Voices for Equality (MOVE) map, which shows how local CPPW projects are working toward healthier neighborhoods, launches.


Students across King County mark International Walk to School Month by walking and biking to school. 


September 2011

Housing Resources Group implements smoke-free housing policies for all of its buildings.


August 2011

19 refugee and immigrant youth create a video documenting tobacco use in their community.


July 2011
Four mental health and substance use agencies, representing 17 sites, implemented tobacco-free campus policies.  


June 2011

70,000 SNAP and WIC recipients living in south King County can use their benefits at 6 south-end farmers markets.


128 registered PrideFest vendors pledge to implement some form of tobacco free policy.


Seattle Public Schools adopt new tobacco-free environment policy.


OneAmerica engages 100 Somali community members in Tukwila to assess barriers to physical activity. They overwhelmingly want to participate in more physical activity (83%) and need better access to parks and recreation facilities in their neighborhoods (43%).


May 2011

Gay City's Tobacco education campaign launches.


Nearly 300 people take the Soda Free Sundays pledge.


Harborview and UW Medical Center implement a campus-wide smoke-free policy on May 31.  


April 2011

The King County Board of Health passes Healthy Vending Guidelines to encourage organizations to provide healthier choices in vending machines.


Workshop on smoke-free housing for people with chronic mental illness gathers 50 participants.  

Childcare centers across King County turn off the TV for Screen Free Week.


Total number of affordable housing units planning to go smoke-free by March 2012 is over 9,000.


March 2011 

Seattle Gay News commits to not running tobacco advertising targeting the LGBT community as part of its partnership with Gay City and One Degree Events around Pridefest.


February 2011

A CPPW-funded media campaign increases calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a free resource to help people quit tobacco, by 40 percent.


January 2011

The Healthy Foods Here Produce Manual makes it easier for small grocery and convenience stores to sell fresh produce. 


Highline Medical Center goes tobacco-free.


December 2010 

The King County Board

of Health passes comprehensive e-cigarette regulations to protect youth in King County.


October 2010

A new education campaign spreads the word about the health impacts of consuming sugar-loaded beverages.


September 2010

CPPW partners working on comprehensive planning gain a valuable tool when the King County Board of Health adopts new Planning for Healthy Communities Guidelines to inform planning decisions and promote health by creating environments that allow people to be physically active, eat healthy food, and live in safe and healthy places.

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 CPPW in the news 

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Continuing the fight against childhood obesity, Issaquah Press, Nov. 22


Should colleges ban smoking on campus? Many in NW think so, KPLU, Nov. 21


As of As of today, you can no longer smoke in Burien parks or playgrounds, B-Town Blog, Nov. 17 


Burien joins five local communities with tobacco- or smoke-free parks, Highline Times, Nov. 17 


Burien parks go smoke-free, Burien KOMO, Nov. 17


Reduce Drowning By Helping Kids Learn To Swim, The Seattle Medium, Nov. 16 


Auburn Regional Medical Center to dedicate tobacco-free campus on Nov. 17, Auburn Reporter, Nov. 10


Your group could earn $$ for cleaning up cigarette butts in area parks, B-Town Blog, Nov. 1