Partners in Action
Partners in Action
Promoting Nutrition, Physical Activity & Healthy Communities in Washington, www.wapartnersinaction.org
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
Evalution Interviews with Nutrition and Physical Activity Champions
During April and May 2010, 72 interviews and 41 online surveys were conducted with community leaders and decision makers across Washington State involved with Plan-related activities. more...
The Plan in Action: Safe Routes to Schools  and Complete Streets
Today is International Walk to School Day!
More than 1,000 schools in the United States are participating in International Walk to School Day today,Safe Routes to SchoolsOctober 6.
 
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is implementing safe walking projects in eight counties, part of a two year program with federal stimulus funds to increase Safe Routes to Schools programs. After two years each school will be encouraged to implement a walking school bus program. The walking school bus program will increase students' physical activity, and there is the added benefit of helping districts shift funding from transporting students to other educational needs. more...
Policy Makers Adopt Complete Streets to Encourage Walking & Biking
Several cities and counties in Washington have already adopted or are in the process of adopting policies for Complete Streets -- streets that are designed for use by everyone, not just drivers in their vehicles. Roadways with safe sidewalks and margins for bike riders create an environment that promotes walkability and bikeabilty -- all leading to increased physical activity. more...
Access to Healthy Foods in Washington -- Report
In June, the statewide Access to Healthy Foods Coalition convened the Food Strategies Summit in Seattle. The goal of the Summit was to bring together diverse stakeholders to plan ways to strengthen the state's food system. The Center for Public Health Nutrition presented a report called Opportunities for Increasing Access to Healthy Foods in Washington. health. Based on interviews and expert recommendations, the Center prepared a report that highlights strategies that can be used to improve Washington's food system. more...
Gardeners in Mason County Aiming to Define Perennial
Mason County Catalyst Park
Faced with the loss of their garden space due to budget cuts, Mason County Master Gardeners and 4-H volunteers organized the creation of a new community garden in Shelton. Thanks to a Schools Out Washington (SOWA) Healthy Youth, Healthy Futures Washington mini-grant of $4,000, WSU Mason County Extension was able to coordinate Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth and other community partners to plan and develop an acre-size parcel aptly named Catalyst Park. more...
US Surgeon General to Announce Call to Action Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace
Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin announced that she will release a Surgeon General's Call to Action later this year to explain how all sectors of the community can create an environment to support mothers who choose to breastfeed. Dr. Benjamin also cited revisions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that support breastfeeding in the workplace. The new section states that employers with more than 50 employees must provide breastfeeding employees with reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom place to express breast milk during the workday, up until the child's first birthday. more... 
Universal Playground Dedicated in Spokane
The City of Spokane completed a six-year project to develop a Universal Playground this summer. Playground features include slides and climbing structures, plus drums and bells. The design of the playground permits children to approach the equipment on ramps and recycled rubber surfaces that accommodate wheelchairs or crutches. The layout of the playground allows children with physical impairments to play alongside of friends and siblings. more...
Funding Opportunities
  • Peoples Garden School Pilot Program
    Application Deadline: October 8, 2010
  • The Community Tool Box 2010 Out of the Box Prize
    Application Deadline: October 31, 2010
  • 2010 Youth Garden Grants
    Application Deadline: November 1, 2010
  • Quality Enhancement Grants
    Application Deadline: November 5
  • Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities
    Application Deadline: Open
Learn more...
Upcoming Events
  • RWJF Seminar: On the Go: Complete Streets and Public Transportation
    October 7, 11 am PST
  • Washington State Public Health Association
    17th Annual Joint Conference on Health
    October 11-12, 2010 - Yakima, WA 
  • 14th Annual Community Food Security Coalition Conference
    October 17-19, 2010 - New Orleans, LA 
  • International Making Cities Livable Conference
    October 17-21, 2010 - Charleston, SC
  • RWJF Webinar: Feet to the Streets: Alternatives to Motorized Transportation
    October 21, 11 am PST 
Featured Resources
Toolkit for Making Schools the Model for Healthy Environments
A new toolkit from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides information and helpful links to help schools model healthier environments, and offers tools and resources to ensure that school environments become the standard for healthy eating and active living.
 
In This Issue:
Partners of the Plan News: Results from Evaluation Interviews
The Plan In Action: Safe Routes to Schools and Complete Streets
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