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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Nutrition and health

What we choose to eat can have a direct affect on our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. This is true for everyone, despite his or her age and current health. Our food choices play a major role in:

  • Promoting and maintaining good health;
  • Promoting optimal growth in infants, children and adolescents;
  • Preventing many chronic diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) and treating others; and,
  • Speeding recovery from injuries and surgery.

Public Health nutrition programs

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed)
SNAP-Ed is a nutrition and physical activity education program for people who receive, or are eligible to receive, SNAP benefits. Take a free class and learn how to plan, shop, save and cook!

WIC program
WIC program
WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge.

Child Care Health program
Child Care Health program
Offers health promotion and disease prevention services to child care facilities throughout Seattle and King County including onsite consultation about health policies, immunizations, communicable disease control, nutrition, child development and child behavioral issues.

Diabetes REACH program
Diabetes REACH program
The mission of the REACH 2010 Coalition is to reduce diabetes health disparities experienced by communities of color.

Breastfeeding resources
Breastfeeding resources
Resources and support for breastfeeding. Includes 14 key factsheets, links to local area services, and glossary of terms.

Healthy Foods Here: Recommendations for Future Programming Nutrition guidelines, tips, recipes and more
A series of tipsheets and information including healthy vending guidelines, how to read the Nutrition Facts label, access hundreds of healthy recipes, information about sugar-loaded beverages, how to make healthy choices when selecting foods, etc.

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