Health education began with the earliest health officials in King County and Seattle.
--The Road to Health: A Short History of the Seattle King County Health Department. Seattle: Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 1954
From the onset of public health services in Seattle and King County, health officials, whether they were inspecting locales or delivering services, disseminated information to people and thus conducted outreach. Over the years the Department and its Divisions have produced newsletters, articles, annual reports, statistical reports, brochures, posters, displays, conferences and other materials and events for the public.
The Seattle Health Department hired its first full-time trained Health Educator in 1945. In 1946 the King County Health Department established its Health Education Division.
In the early 1960s due to increased public interest and concern with diet, staff nurses were often asked questions about food, special diets, and weight reduction. In 1961, the Department presented eight television shows on "Food and Your Weight" and television appearances called "What Does Nutrition Mean to You." The 1961 Annual Report called the spots the "most effective communications directed to the housewife."