Washington American Heart Association (AHA)

The Seattle City Council approved the mayor’s 2018 budget, which includes $2.4 million for the city’s Fresh Bucks SNAP incentive program. The money is available thanks to the newly enacted sugary drink tax, which generated an estimated $14 million in 2018. – Legislative

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)

The Washington early care and education licensing rules were updated for family-home and center-based childcare settings throughout the state, improving nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards. – Regulatory

Washington American Heart Association (AHA)

Washington HB 1235 requires physical education quality reporting at the school, district, and state levels, assessing key factors of quality physical education to strengthen physical education programs throughout the state. – Legislative

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)

The Seattle, WA, City Council approved a 1.75 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks, with generated funds to be used to support public health initiatives. – Legislative

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)

Washington SB 5988 secured as part of a 16-year transportation package $75 million for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Grant Program, $89 million for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Project List, and $56 million for Safe Routes to School. – Legislative

Washington American Heart Association (AHA)

Washington secured $5 million in funding for a “Healthy Kids Healthy Schools” grant program for projects such as water bottle filling stations. – Legislative

Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition (COPC)

Washington HB 1299 secured $15.3 million for walking and biking infrastructure to support active transportation across the state. – Legislative

Improving Physical Education through Health Equity in Washington and Oregon

IAF Northwest, a regional network of broad-based community alliances in Washington, Oregon, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, has been working on a strategy that has proven successful so far. Understanding that many of the people they interact with are new to the advocacy process, they focus on teaching one key principle: “power with,” which means leveraging your own experiences and skills because that is where the power lies.

Safe Routes to School in Washington

The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, American Heart Association and Washington Bikes partnered to find a solution that will help get more kids walking and biking to school.  Together, the advocates organized the Safe Routes Healthy Kids Campaign and urged policymakers to approve funding for improvements such as safer crosswalks, sidewalks and bike routes in Washington State. Ultimately the efforts lead to securing $75 million for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Grant Program, $89 million for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Project List and $56 million for Safe Routes to School, totaling $186.05 million in state funding.