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
Annual Survey of Partners
Thanks to everyone who responded to the April on-line survey. As in previous years, your responses indicated that the six objectives of the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan are being addressed throughout the state. Of the nutrition objectives, Partners most frequently indicated involvement with environmental and policy change related to increasing access to healthy foods. Close to 80% of you said you were working on this objective, while 30% are working on breastfeeding. Involvement with the three physical activity objectives has been 50-60% of those responding. If you have not already received the materials you ordered, they will be arriving soon. See the full survey results. 
Interviews with Nutrition and Physical Activity Champions
In April, phone interviews with 72 individuals across the state provided valuable information to develop an inventory of activities and initiatives that support the objectives of the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan. Interview participants also helped identify strategies to engage and communicate with nutrition and physical activity champions in Washington. The results of these interviews will be available on the Partners in Action website no later than June 30, 2010 and will be covered in the next Partners e-newsletter.
The Plan in Action: Workplace Access to Healthful Foods & Physical Activity
Worksite Wellness StrategiesHealthy snacks in the office
How do we make the healthy choice the easy choice where we work? Even medium and small-sized businesses can adopt low-cost or no-cost worksite wellness initiatives. All over the state employers are adopting policies that encourage workers to adopt healthier practices. Employers can encourage physical activity by allowing workers to flex their schedules to lengthen their lunch break by adding time at the beginning or the end of the day. With an increased lunch break, workers can walk to nearby stores to run errands. Other ideas can include scheduling walking meetings for discussions among two to three people. Staff can be encouraged to use the stairs, leaving the elevators for customers. more ...
Creating a Culture of Wellness at Work
Washington Wellness is a state funded program that seeks to create a culture of health where state employees work, but their planning tools are available for anyone to use. The goal to spark health improvements among workers and re-engineer worksite environments and policies so that wellness is a part of the institutional culture. more ...
Have You Energized Your Meetings Yet?
More worksites are adopting policy strategies from "Energize Your Meetings!" as company or agency-wide policy. EYM is an easy to use booklet outlining five easy steps to replacing food such as donuts and pizza with healthier food choices and activity breaks to keep participants activated. more ...
Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County Wins Outstanding Employer Award
The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington presented their annual Outstanding Employer Award to Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County due to the level of commitment the organization makes for breastfeeding employees and volunteers. more ...
Funding Opportunities
  • Bikes Belong Grant Program
    Deadline: Next cycle May 28, 2010
  • Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities
    Deadline: Open
  • 2010 Washington State Dairy Council Expanding School Breakfast Grants
    Application Deadline: September 3, 2010
Upcoming Events
  • Washington Healthy Schools Summit
    May 27-28, 2010 - Seattle, WA
  • NPLAN Webinar: Fast Food Regulations: Healthy School Food Zone and Toy Giveaway Ordinances
    June 10, 2010 - 11:00am PT
  • Food System Strategies Summit: Accessing Healthy Foods Coalition
    June 22, 2010 - Seattle
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Webinar: Pass or Fail: Evaluating How Industry Markets Food to Children
    June 24, 2010 - 11:00am PT
  • NPLAN Webinar: Healthy Child Care through Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity
    August 10, 2010 - 11:00am PT
Featured Resources
Several resources to support worksite wellness programs are featured in the articles above.  We also encourage you to visit the Featured Resources listing on Partners to find more resources --  many developed and tested in Washington -- to support your work.
In This Issue:
Partners of the Plan News: Results from Annual Survey
The Plan In Action: Workplace Access to Healthful Foods & Physical Activity
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Featured Resources
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