More than 4,300 people die from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke and diabetes every year in King County, representing 38% of total deaths. Poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and exposure to tobacco smoke are critical risk factors for these chronic diseases. Today, Public Health - Seattle & King County is offering 51 grants totaling $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.
As part of the one-time federal stimulus funds in the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative, these grants will support and pay for activities that will produce long-lasting changes and improve the community conditions that harm residents.
“We are helping our communities use proven strategies to fight the leading causes of death in our region, such as heart disease and diabetes. Our goal is for all residents, regardless of where they live in the county, to have access to healthy choices and opportunities for healthy living,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.
“With this one-time funding our communities will be able to make a difference quickly and to use local innovation to implement proven approaches,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. “We know what works, we have the tools, and these grants give us an opportunity to do what needs to be done creatively.”
Goals of CPPW in King County are to increase physical activity and improve nutrition; decrease smoking rates, number of teenagers who begin to smoke, and exposure to secondhand smoke; and reduce health inequities.
People who most experience the risk factors of poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and exposure to tobacco smoke tend to be low income, people of color, as well as those living in south King County or south Seattle. CPPW will focus on the communities with the greatest needs.
For nutrition and physical activity, Public Health is offering 37 grants to 35 organizations. Examples of funded activities and policy priorities include:
Land use policy, including city comprehensive master plans with complete streets, as well as bike and pedestrian master plans
Reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
Support for small food retail businesses in providing healthy food
Increased healthy eating and active living for children in schools and childcare, including Safe Routes to Schools, increased physical education/physical activity, enhanced nutrition standards, Farm-to-School programs, and certification of food service staff in preparing healthy meals.
Increasing access to opportunities for physical activity, through joint-use agreements, affordable and culturally appropriate recreation programs
Supporting low-income immigrant urban farmers who sell produce for sale in low-income communities
For tobacco prevention, Public Health is offering grants to 14 organizations or groups of organizations. Examples of funded activities and policy priorities include:
Tobacco-free and smoke-free environments: multi-unit housing, parks and public places, colleges and universities.
Policies that prohibit sales, advertising, and promotions of flavored alternative tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Health Eating/Active Living - $6.8 million
Schools Districts & Supporting Organizations ($2.6M)
*Auburn School District
*Bicycle Alliance of Washington
*Highline School District
*Kent School District (2)
*Northshore School District
*Renton School District
*Seattle School District
*Tukwila School District
*Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network
Local Governments & Supporting Organizations ($2.3M)
*Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation
*City of Kent
*City of Federal Way
*City of Redmond
*City of Snoqualmie
*King County - Department of Natural Resources and Parks
*Puget Sound Regional Council
*Seattle - Department of Planning and Development
*Seattle - Human Services Department (2)
*University of Washington - Northwest Center for Livable Communities
*Washington State University
Community Based Organizations ($1.9M)
*Center for MultiCultural Health
*Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
*Children's Home Society/Burst for Prosperity Initiative
*Community Pediatric Foundation of Washington - Coalition for Safety and Health in Early Learning
*Environmental Coalition of South Seattle
*Horn of Africa Services
*King County Housing Authority
*Sea Mar Community Health Centers
*Seattle Children's Hospital
*Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
*University of Washington (UW) - Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy
* University of Washington (UW) -School of Nursing
* YMCA of Greater Seattle
Tobacco Prevention - $2.065 million
Schools & Colleges ($610k)
*Cornish College of the Arts
*Puget Sound Educational Service District
*Seattle Public Schools
Smoke-Free Housing ($430k)
*Housing Resources Group
*King County Housing Authority
*Seattle Housing Authority
*Washington Asian Pacific Islander Community Services
Tobacco-Free Parks ($200k)
*King County Parks & participating city jurisdictions
Community Based Organizations ($475k)
*Gay City Health Project
*My Service Mind of Northwest
*Refugee Woman's Alliance
Social Support to Quit Tobacco ($350k)
*King County Mental Health Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services
*University of Washington Medical Center
For more information about CPPW, visit www.kingcounty.gov/health/cppw.
Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for over 1.9 million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at www.kingcounty.gov/health
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