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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition

Health & Active Rainier Valley Coalition logo

"A partnership aimed at building and strengthening the Rainier Valley by increasing the health of its residents through culturally relevant promotion of physical activity and nutrition."

The Healthy and Active Rainier Valley Coalition is a group of agencies and individuals that have come together in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle, Washington, to promote physical activity and nutrition.  The Coalition meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center, Community Center Information. Address: 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings.

HARVC newsletters and other publications

Bucket Brigades flyer cover Bucket Brigades in the Rainier Valley (PDF)
A bucket brigade is a gathering where free buckets of soil are given out with herb and vegetable seeds to create mini-container gardens.

Shop Arounds flyer cover Shop Arounds (PDF)
Shop arounds are tours of grocery stores led by peer educators trained in basic nutrition and label reading. These interactive tours show people how to find foods high in fiber and nutrients and low in sugar, saturated fats and salt.

» See also: Cambodian Shop Around Program (external link)

Community Gardens Expanding Community Gardens in the Rainier Valley (PDF)
Community gardens are land cultivated by a group of people. They provide fresh fruits and vegetables and bring communities together and empower gardeners. The benefits include improving the quality of life for people in the garden, promotes community development, beautifies neighborhoods, encourages self-reliance, and more.
Coalition programs
Latino Outreach

Students in a community kitchen.
Students in a community kitchen.
Community kitchen

Program description:  A community kitchen is a group of individuals who meet regularly to cook healthy, nutritious meals.  Everyone participates in preparing the meals.  Community kitchens feed the soul as well as the body; they are a place to connect with other community members, learn new skills and have some great food.


Community kitchen Community kitchens are a great way to connect with your neighbors and have a supply of home cooked meals ready for your family in minutes.

For more information on the kitchens HARVC is running please contact Diana Vergis Vinh,, 206-263-8263.

» Community Kitchen brochure PDF)

Healthy Restaurant Initiative

Program description:  This program is working with sixteen restaurants to come up with a healthy adult and a healthy children's menu option.  Participation is voluntary.

Contact person: Diana Vergis Vinh,, 206-263-8263


screenshot of Healthy Restaurants Initiative brochure Download a brochure showing participating restaurants in southeast Seattle offering at least one healthy menu option. Brochure includes a map to each establishment with bike friendly roads.

Table tents (PDF)

Evaluation form

Presentation: Healthy Restaurant Initiative

See also:

City Fruit logo

Public Health works in partnership with City Fruit which works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need.

City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees.