Partners in Action
Partners of the Plan News                               
Special Issue on Rural Initiatives

 

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

 

Rural settings are different from urban settings when it comes to healthy eating and active living. For example, transportation adds cost to healthy food in stores, and country roads may be unsafe for walking and other types of active transportation. While rural areas may face more challenges, sometimes health promoting improvements can take place quickly because people know how to work with each other.

 

Partner Profile: James Kissee

Partner Profiles highlight the work of long-standing champions of nutrition and physical activity. James Kissee has spent eight years advancing the physical activity objectives of the Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan. During his tenure, Washington State has won recognition as a leader among states promoting physical activity through policy and environmental change, with more than 50 such changes adopted in the last 5 years. more
Partners Advance Safe Routes to Rural Schools

Champions of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) can be found in public health, transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, and education organizations. In the town of White Salmon, Becky Williams reached out to community members to increase the number of children walking and biking to school. Meanwhile Lisa Quinn of Feet First is assembling a statewide SRTS Advisory Committee, whose intent is to explore policy and environmental changes needed to help children get safely to school by walking and biking. more

Ferry County Converts Railway to Biking/Hiking Asset


Ferry County Rail Trail Partners are working to preserve and improve nearly 25 miles of converted railroad right-of-way in the northeastern county, running from the trailhead close to Republic, Washington, to the Canadian border at Danville. The group improved many sections of the former rail corridor, and have plans for segments that run along beautiful Curlew Lake and connect two school complexes. more

Spokane County Sets Policy for Active Transportation 


The Spokane Regional Transportation Council adopted a policy to ensure that new roadway construction and transportation improvements take pedestrians, bicycle riders and transit users into account. It is the first policy of its kind that covers both the rural and urban regions of the county, and it is already considered as a model for other transportation planning councils in the state and in the nation
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WIC Fruit and Vegetable Community Partnership Projects 


Recently 12 local WIC agencies from rural and urban areas throughout Washington State got the opportunity to connect with local food systems partners to promote fruits and vegetables in their communities. These 12 project sites were chosen following a competitive grant process funded by a larger grant to the Washington State Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WA WIC) from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). more

USDA Funds Farm to School Expansion

Two rural school districts received significant grants from the US Department of Agriculture to expand their Farm to School initiatives. In addition, the Washington State Department of Agriculture received an award to continue their crucial technical assistance to other districts seeking to improve nutrition for students by purchasing locally grown produce. more

Affordable Care Act Adds Breastfeeding Benefits

 

Breastfeeding benefits through the Affordable Care Act became available in August. The Act provides comprehensive benefits for pregnant and post-partum women including free or fully reimbursed breastfeeding equipment, as well as counseling from trained lactation consultants. A lactation consultant is a healthcare professional with specialized training and mentoring in lactation and breastfeeding. International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants have the initials IBCLC following their name, similar to MD for a medical doctor. more

Featured Resources

Active Community Environments Toolkit

Developed by the Washington State Department of Health

 

Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

Developed by the Rural Assistance Center, part of the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative

 

Learn more

Funding Opportunities

Muhammad Ali Center Peace Garden Grant 

Application Deadline: January 2

Fuel Up to Play 60

Application Deadline: January 15

 

Tony Hawk Foundation for the Creation of Public Skateparks

Application Deadline: February 1

 

Learn more

Upcoming Events

Walk Talk: The Safe Routes to School Call-In Show Webinar

January 22 - 10 am Pacific

National Health Policy Conference

February 4-5 - Washington, DC


Fresh Food in Schools Summit

February 21 - Moses Lake, WA


Hunger Action Day

February 22 - Lynnwood, WA

 

More on these events and others

December 2012
Partners Advance Safe Routes to Rural Schools
Ferry County Converts Railway to Biking/Hiking Asset
Spokane County Sets Policy for Active Transportation
WIC Fruit...and Vegetable Community Partnership Projects
USDA Funds Farm to School Expansion
Affordable Care Act Adds Breastfeeding Benefits
Featured Resources
Funding Opportunities
Upcoming Events
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