A community of volunteers gives Elk Run Farm a new look

Elk Run Farm, a former golf course turned farm in Maple Valley, supplies South King County Food Coalition’s twelve food banks with local produce. The farm is in the midst of a summer full of growing and harvesting healthy produce thanks to three brand new buildings constructed by AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) volunteers. […]

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Good Food Bags: increasing access to farm fresh produce

The Good Food Bag program is an effort that aims to increase the accessibility of fresh produce. The program, run by Tilth Alliance and Washington Community Action Network, delivers subsidized farm-fresh produce to families with limited financial resources in Seattle and South King County and has distribution sites that include preschools, churches and public health centers. The bags, which are […]

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Limiting sugary drinks can make a difference in children’s health

By Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County Limiting sugary drinks are an important step for public health and particularly for the health of children and youth. All children deserve to grow up healthy, but children today could be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. This is, […]

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It’s not just you. It’s the cost of food, too.

If you are going to talk about access to healthy food, you have to talk about affordability. Why is Top Ramen cheaper than veggies? – King County resident This was the crux of a community conversation in South King County where residents shared the on-the-ground challenges to eating healthier food–challenges that go far beyond just […]

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Nurses Week focus on good health for nurses promotes resilience

Burnout is a problem in many professions – and particularly in nursing. For National Nurses Week this year, the focus is on promoting good health for nurses themselves. Within Public Health – Seattle & King County, this fits squarely with many efforts to help people overcome the impacts of burnout and “secondary trauma” (which comes […]

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There’s no place like home: family home child care in King County

By MyKa’La Alexander, Ilma Vikovic, and Julianne Korn, Healthy Eating and Active Living Interns The walls of Anaji Aman’s home are lined floor to ceiling with colorful posters depicting numbers, shapes, fruits and veggies, maps, animals, and the months of the year, as well as children’s artwork. There are books in many different languages and […]

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