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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

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.


Nutrition guidelines, tips, recipes and more

Healthy Foods Here: Recommendations for Future Programming Healthy Foods Here: Recommendations for Future Programming
A healthy food retail project aimed at improving access to healthy food and encouraging community economic development. HFH focused on populations in southeast Seattle and south King County—areas where residents bear a disproportionate burden of poor health and socioeconomic deprivation within the county.
King County Healthy Vending Guidelines

King County Healthy Vending Guidelines
The King County Healthy Vending Guidelines provide recommendations for the nutritional quality of food and beverages in vending machines to help make the healthy and easy choice.

King County Healthy Vending Toolkit
For institutions interested in offering healthier food and beverages in vending machines.

Steps to a Healthy Diet
The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans include major messages including controlling caloric intake, increasing physical activity and safe food handling.

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
Encouraging eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day.

Healthy eating for kids
Children grow at different rates during their early years so feeding recommendations vary by age and stage of development. Feeding children is a good way to develop trust and a sense of security.
Sugar-loaded beverages Sugar-loaded beverages
Public Health – Seattle & King County is warning people that drinking too many sugar-loaded drinks causes obesity and other health problems.

Healthy food choices for meetings
The strong relationship between diet and health and the increasing rates of overweight and obesity make supporting healthy food choices at work part of our commitment to health. These guidelines are intended to assist in making healthy food and beverage choices for meetings, trainings, and events.

Facts about the Nutrition Facts Label: What the numbers mean to you
The Nutrition Facts label helps you to understand if the food has "a lot" or "a little" of the most important nutrients based on your dietary goals.

diners making informed choices on a menu listing calories and saturated fat

Nutrition labeling and trans fat in King County
Learn about the King County regulation requiring all food establishments to remove artificial trans fat from the cooking process and menu labeling requirements for chain restaurants.

How can I make healthy food choices in spite of limited money?
Tips to stretch your food dollars through careful planning and taking a few shortcuts without having to give up on healthy eating.
What are some tips for easy-to-fix and healthy meals?
Tips on getting in the habit of when to prepare ingredients ahead of time and how you can eat twice from a recipe.
How can I make healthy choices if I don't cook?
Modern grocery stores allow many healthy choices for those who don't like to cook or who lack cooking skills or equipment though with a price -- whether it is money, time or quality of the food.
How can I make healthy choices if I don't eat meat?
Vegetarian or 'plant-based' diets can be a very healthy eating style. All the rules still apply, however, including practicing variety, balance and moderation.
School physical activity and nutrition resources
School physical activity and nutrition resources
Schools can play an important role in providing healthy environments that help students establish healthy eating and exercise habits that will follow them throughout their lives.
Free recipes by Public Health - Seattle & King County
Access hundreds of recipes produced by our Nutrition Team including some of your favorites as well as some new ones.


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