Advocacy and Community Programs
Our Obesity Program team is actively engaged in establishing or participating in community networks to maximize their impact in addressing the complexities of childhood obesity. Our vision is to help reduce obesity – and health conditions that can occur with it, like high blood pressure, diabetes, liver and heart disease – and to improve the quality of life of children and teens who are overweight or obese.
Local/Statewide Coalitions and Initiatives
Because the problem of childhood and teen overweight and obesity goes beyond individual and personal responsibility, we are involved in several community-wide coalitions and initiatives that are taking steps to stop the obesity epidemic:
- Parternships to Improve Community Health is a three-year project lead by Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC), Seattle Children's and the Healthy King County Coalition (HKCC). Together with youth, families and communities in King County, this work will focus on increasing access to healthy food, phyical activity and tobacco-free environments. The areas of focus are primarily south Seattle and south King County. This effort is supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more (PDF).
- Everyone Swims! is a partnership to increase access to swimming and water recreation among culturally diverse and low-income families in Seattle and King County. Everyone Swims! was supported by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative.
- UW Center for Public Health Nutrition fosters collaborative research that integrates the biomedical, public health and policy aspects of the obesity epidemic.
- Washington Action for Healthy Kids supports schools and communities in their efforts to be places where students can be physically active and choose healthy foods.
- Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition is a Washington statewide coalition of organizations working on policy change to improve our overall environment and access to healthy foods so our children live a healthy, active lifestyle.
- Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities (PDF) is part of the Washington State Alliance of YMCAs. Through this initiative, the alliance convenes state and community leaders to work together to implement strategies that support healthy living.
We are present at many community events throughout Washington, bringing information and resources about healthy lifestyles.
Supporting children and families in being healthy requires that we, as a healthcare organization, model healthy choices. Seattle Children’s offers its staff an inclusive wellness program that includes on-site fitness classes, weight management and tobacco cessation programs. We also promote active commuting to work and offer healthy food and beverage options.
In 2009 the AHA awarded Start! Fit-Friendly Gold Level recognition to Seattle Children’s for its efforts in promoting a culture of wellness at work.
- Small Changes, Big Results (video)