Partners in Action
Partners in Action
Promoting Nutrition, Physical Activity & Healthy Communities in Washington
Partners in Action showcases activities and resources that support the objectives of the Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan and help "make the healthy choice the easy choice" for Washington's residents.
Partners of the Plan News
Don't Miss the Annual Survey of Partners: In Progress through Friday, April 16, 2010
If you have not had an opportunity to complete our annual online survey, please take 5 minutes to respond by April 16, 2010. Your response will help us document your involvement in professional or volunteer activities to improve access to healthy foods, reduce food insecurity, support breastfeeding or increase opportunities for physical activity in Washington. By completing the brief annual survey on you can:
1) Help us track the growing support across Washington State for creating policies and environments that make it easier to eat well and be active.
2) Order free copies of the State Plan and other resources.
3) Enter a drawing for one of several books related to the goals of the State Plan in appreciation of your time.
Partners in Action Newsletter: New Format
This issue of Partners in Action features a new format developed to make key information easier to find. We welcome your suggestions about the format or content to feature in the future. Also, if you prefer a text-based email format, you can select this option by clicking on "Update Profile/Email Address" at the bottom of this message or let us know by email. email us
The Plan in Action: Access to Healthful Foods & Other Featured Activities
Washington's Hunger-Relief System: Addressing Transportation and Storage Capacity Gaps
In December, Rotary First Harvest completed an analysis of transportation and storage capacity bottlenecks that contribute to gaps in Washington's hunger-relief system. The report identifies six barriers to the fluid distribution of hunger-relief food and is being used as a framework to enhance partnerships and guide system improvements. read more...
Skagit Valley Hospital: Building Connections with Local Farms
Skagit Valley Hospital is building relationships with local farms to incorporate more locally grown produce into the hospital's menus. SVH's new chef and staff are also improving the hospital's menus with more than 200 new recipes and more made-from-scratch cooking techniques. read more...
Blue Earth Farms
Blue Earth Farms, an educational working farm in Lewis County, was launched to assist the community in exploring and implementing healthy lifestyles. The farm works with local partners to strengthen the county's food system by providing gardens, educational outreach, and resources for schools, families, and small-scale farmers. read more...
Public Health Activating to Improve Healthy Food Access in King County
Public Health - Seattle & King County's ongoing efforts to increase access to healthful foods will be accelerated with funds from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants program. The stimulus funding will support schools, local governments, and community organizations as they work to create policies, systems, and environments that support healthy eating and active living. read more...
UW Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research Network (UW NOPRN)
UW NOPRN is exploring three different approaches used by county health departments in Washington to impact the quality of food in quick service restaurants. Aims include understanding effective strategies, barriers, and enhancers to nutrition policy change in this sector. read more...
Addressing Screen Time in Afterschool and Summer Programs
To help combat upward trends in screen use among school age youth, the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition partnered with School's Out Washington to develop and provide trainings and new resources for out-of-school care providers to promote healthful screen behaviors in youth. read more...
Funding Opportunities
  • WA Safe Routes to School Funding
    Deadline: May 3, 2010
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Healthy Eating Research Call for Proposals
    Deadline: Round 5 Grants and New Connections - May 13, 2010
  • Home Depot Building Healthy Communities Grants
    Deadline: Next Cycle Opens May 15, Closes July 1, 2010
  • Bikes Belong Grant Program
    Deadline: Next cycle May 28, 2010
Upcoming Events
  • Webinar - School Wellness Policy Leadership: Improving physical activity and physical education from state policy to school practices -
    April 15, 2010 - 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET
  • Designing for Urban Food: Exploring the role of design in the urban food movement
    April 15 & 16, 2010 - University of Washington, Seattle Campus
  • Webinar - Opening Up School Recreational Facilities for Community Use through Joint Use Agreements
    April 20, 2010 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET  
  • Washington Healthy Schools Summit
    May 27-28, 2010 - Seattle, WA
Featured Resources
Reducing Screen Time: New Materials for Afterschool and Summer Care Providers
Includes training materials for providers and a media literacy curriculum containing four lessons designed for 3rd to 6th graders that encourages kids to reduce screen time, increase physical activity, and become "media savvy" and responsible consumers of screen-based media. more... 
WellSAT: Wellness School Assessment Tool

New online evaluation tool to assess the quality of school district wellness policies. Users receive personalized guidance and resources for making improvements. more... 
Opening School Grounds to the Community After Hours: A Toolkit for Increasing Physical Activity through Joint Use Agreements

Public Health Law & Policy developed this toolkit to help communities and school districts work together to develop joint use agreements in order to increase access to recreational facilities on school grounds. Sample joint use agreements from communities in Washington are also available. more... 
U.S Food Environment Atlas
Provides a spatial overview of community-level data related to food choices, health and well-being, and community demographic and environmental characteristics. Access the Atlas and other WA data resources 
In This Issue:
Partners of the Plan News: Annual Survey
The Plan In Action: Access to Healthful Foods & Other Featured Activities
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Featured Resources
Quick Links
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