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Legislative Update


More than 850 partners in communities, schools, worksites, healthcare, government and many other settings have pledged to support Washington's Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan.


In this issue, Partners reflect on the recent legislative session. Advocates of active transportation saw some gains in state law, while anti-hunger advocates concentrated on preventing further program cuts.

Partner Profile: Vic Colman

Partner Profiles highlight the work of long-standing champions of nutrition and physical activity. Vic Colman, JD, has increased the state's capacity to change policies and environments to improve nutrition and physical activity. He accomplished this by convening diverse partners, aligning strategies, and setting a clear and consistent direction for communications and outreach. more
What's Next for Healthy Procurement?

One way to increase access to healthy foods is to make sure that the foods purchased with public funds are healthy foods
. While the institutional food purchasing bill did not pass this year, the good news is that healthy procurement policies for public funds are gaining ground in other settings. more
Farmers market nutrition
Protecting Anti-Hunger Programs

During the 2012 legislative session, Partners from all over the state banded together to protect anti-hunger programs threatened by budget cuts. For groups like the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition, work centered on preventing cuts or the elimination of four key programs, some of which had their budgets cut the previous year. more

ACES Approach Transforms Transportation Planning

Future transportation planning in the state is more likely to take the needs of pedestrians and bikers into account. Even though most proposed legislation mandating Active Community Environments (ACES) did not make it into law this year, partnerships strengthened the link between transportation and public health by getting the word out that walking and biking contributes to health and reduces obesity. more 

Rule Protects a Mother's Civil Right to Breastfeed


Seattle's City Council added strength to existing Washington State protections for mothers by passing an ordinance making it illegal to deny a mother's right to breastfeed in public places. Business owners, their employees, and other consumers may not interfere with a woman who is feeding her child by asking her to cover up, stop feeding or move to another place.  more 
Guidelines for Child Care Settings Now Open for Comment

The Washington State Administrative Codes that set guidelines for nutrition and physical activity in child care settings are open for comment. Along with the state constitution and bills passed into law by the Legislature, the administrative codes (also known as WACs) are a source of primary law in the state. The Washington State Department of Early Learning is inviting comment on the child care licensing codes as part of a process last undertaken in 2003
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Lawmakers Approve Transfer of State Recreation Pass

Hikers now have improved access to state parks and trails, thanks to the Legislature's approval of House Bill 2373. The bill permits purchasers of the Washington Discover Pass to enter two license plate numbers on the pass instead of just one. That way, families or friends can use the $30 year-long pass in either of two vehicles, whether it is a minivan for a group camping trip or a four-wheel-drive vehicle for rougher terrain more
Funding Opportunities

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Concept Paper due: August 9


Fuel Up to Play 60

Application Deadline: October 1


NIH Community-Based Partnerships for Childhood Obesity Prevention and Control (RO3)

Application Deadline: October 16


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Upcoming Events

ChangeLab Solutions Webinar: Creating Healthier Communities Through Policy Change

June 26, 1:30 pm Pacific

School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference

July 15-18 - Denver CO

Washington School Nutrition Association Annual Conference

July 30-August 1 - Spokane WA

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

August 2-5 - Burlington VT 

OSPI Safe Routes to School Summer Institutes

August 9-10 in Seattle and August 16-17 in Spokane

Healthy Worksite Summit

October 16-17 - Lynnwood, WA

More on these events and others

June 2012
Healthy Procurement: What's Next?
Protecting Anti-Hunger Programs
ACES Approach Transforms Planning
Civil Right to Breastfeed
Guidelines for Child Care Settings
State Recreation Pass Now Transferrable
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
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Partners in Action is a website and quarterly e-newsletter that features news, activities, and resources related to the Washington State Nutrition & Physical Activity Plan. Learn More