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Public Health - Seattle & King County

What is CPPW?

More than 4,300 people die from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and diabetes every year in King County. Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and exposure to tobacco smoke are critical risk factors for these chronic diseases. People who most experience these risk factors tend to be low income, people of color, as well as those living in south King County or south Seattle.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work

In spring 2010, Public Health - Seattle & King County was awarded two highly-competitive federal stimulus grants to address the leading causes of death in our region as part of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW). CPPW supports policy, systems and environmental changes that reduce obesity and tobacco use, the main contributors to premature illness, death, and health care costs locally and nationally.

Overall goals:

  • Increase physical activity and improve nutrition
  • Decrease smoking rates, number of teenagers who begin to smoke, and exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Reduce health inequities

Making the healthy choice the easy choice

More than 50 local organizations, plus local leaders and elected officials, have united with the common vision of making healthier choices more accessible to everyone in the county.

In July 2010, Public Health is awarding $8.9 million to fund school districts, community-based organizations, and local governments to improve nutrition and physical activity, and decrease tobacco use and exposure. The funded activities will produce long-lasting changes by improving the community conditions that harm residents. This will reduce chronic diseases and millions of dollars in medical spending. The focus is on the communities with the greatest needs.

Examples of projects

  • Increasing availability of alternatives to sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages
  • Increasing healthy eating and active living choices for children in schools and childcare enters
  • Supporting smoke-free parks and multi-unit housing
  • Ensuring availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at corner stores
  • Decreasing access to tobacco for youth
  • Establishing bike paths and sidewalks

Read more about Communities Putting Prevention to Work from the CDC.

Healthy King County newsletter

Want to learn more about tobacco and obesity prevention efforts in King County? Sign up for our monthly CPPW newsletter.