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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.
Did you know that EBT shoppers can double their money - up to $10 per market per day - using the Fresh Bucks Program?

When you spend $10 with your EBT card at a Seattle Farmers Market or Farm Stand, you get $10 in Fresh Bucks to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and edible plant starts.

Fresh Bucks runs through December 31, 2014. Learn more...

Recommendations by the King County Farms and Food Roundtable now available

June, 2014
The King County Farms and Food Roundtable invited thirty-five individuals experienced in local farming, food processing, distribution, marketing, financing and technical assistance to participate in the Roundtable. The purpose of the group was to make recommendation to:

1) Preserve additional farmland in King County
2) Come up with strategies to increase the market and distribution opportunities for local farms

King County, the City of Seattle, and the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority sponsored the Roundtable. Read final report (PDF).

Public Health nutrition programs
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.
The Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium (SNAC)
The Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium (SNAC)
SNAC's mission is to improve the health and nutritional well being of limited income families with children in the Greater Seattle area.
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.
diners making informed choices on a menu listing calories and saturated fat Related sites on nutrition, physical activity, food safety and current datasets on obesity
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