(re-posted from the Seattle Parks & Recreation blog)
(re-posted from the Seattle Parks & Recreation blog)
The Let’s Get Cookin’ Project in Seattle will expose children from low-income backgrounds to the skills and knowledge needed to prepare healthy meals and make healthy lifestyle choices.
This summer, children and youth in six summer programs will have the opportunity to participate in the Let’s Get Cookin’ project. The summer programs will incorporate the cooking component as a way to not only develop cooking skills and increase access to healthy, local foods, but also to create and support environments of well-being and decrease health disparities. Some examples of how the Let’s Get Cookin’ grant funds will be used include: Utilizing an on-site garden to use fresh vegetables and herbs grown by kids attending the program in their cooking projects; culturally appropriate menu planning and food preparation to appeal to the kids served in the program; family engagement around cooking and healthy lifestyle choices; and incorporating educational games into the cooking activities that promote academic skills such as measurement, literacy etc.
Data from the Public Health – Seattle & King County Seattle Public School Health Profile shows alarming information around the health disparities that exist in our community. Twenty-three percent of low-income children in Seattle are overweight or obese as compared to 19% of all children in the city and only 25% of low-income children eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day as compared to 30% of all children.
These numbers show health issues facing all children our community, and how it is hitting our low-income populations even harder. The Let’s Get Cookin’ project serves primarily low-income children and aims to address these health trends that are negatively impacting our young people and creating unhealthy lifestyle habits for the future.
School’s Out Washington (SOWA), in partnership with the City of Seattle Human Services Department Youth and Family Empowerment Division, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Seattle Tilth Association, are supporting Let’s Get Cookin’ and have selected the following summer programs to participate:
Please contact Danielle Baer, Communications Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 351-6141 to set-up an interview with any of the funded summer programs.
School’s Out Washington is a statewide organization with a mission of providing services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. School’s Out Washington is dedicated to building community systems to support quality out-of-school time programs for Washington’s 5-18 year olds through training, advocacy and leadership.
Join Seattle Parks and Recreation for its annual “Big Day of Play” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, to showcase what the department and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year the event will be held at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S, for the first time.
Big Day of Play is a great way to get important information about health and wellness, discover unique opportunities to become active, enjoy healthy food and learn how recreation can change your life. Big Day of Play grew out of Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative, which aligns with national efforts such as First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.
There will be sample activities from Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and programs, paddling and boating events, a main stage celebration of cultural diversity with music and entertainment, creative play opportunities, youth demonstrations and healthy food vendors.
More information can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.
There will be free shuttle bus transportation from five of our community centers to and from Big Day of Play. Call one of these locations to register for a shuttle ride to Mount Baker Sailing and Rowing Center. Seating is limited.
SDOT is looking for people interested in participating in the Play Streets 2014 pilot program. It’s easy and free to create your own play street! Play streets offer an opportunity to expand the use of our streets and provide more places for people.
What is a play street?
A play street closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. School play streets provide additional space for recess or other special activities, like a field day. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school.
What are the benefits of play streets?
Play streets give kids of all ages more space to be active. Neighbors working together to organize a play street can help to build community. And moving traffic off a street—even for a few hours—helps us all remember that streets are for people. Most importantly, play streets support FUN for everyone. We all need more chances to play!
Who came up with this idea?
Lots of cities have play streets; New York City started its program in 1914 and has recently expanded with support from the NYC Parks Department. Recently, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to end childhood obesity has supported play streets in 10 U.S. cities.
The pilot program will be shaped to reflect your needs, so we want to hear from you. Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas. We’ll be evaluating the pilot through spring 2015 before making a decision about a permanent Play Streets Program. To learn more, please contact Diane Walsh at email@example.com or (206) 386-4575.
[Repost of April 21 King County News Release ]
King County is again offering grants to fund small-scale environmental projects that support the cleanup and protection of the Lower Duwamish Waterway and nearby neighborhoods. Non-profit community groups, tribes, and schools are encouraged to submit applications, which are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 2.
King County established the Lower Duwamish Green Grants program in 2010 to support projects in the Duwamish watershed that will improve air and water quality. Past projects have included roadside rain gardens, outreach to businesses on how to implement best management practices to stop stormwater pollution, an art installation that measures air quality, and wetland restoration.
A total of $102,825 in grant funding is available in 2014, with a maximum award of $50,000 per applicant.
Examples of projects that can be funded by Green Grants include:
The Lower Duwamish Waterway Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and the Green/Duwamish Watershed Ecosystem Forum, which oversees salmon recovery in the watershed.
For more information about WTD’s Green Grants, visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Programs/GreenGrants.aspx or email GreenGrants@kingcounty.gov.
This release is also posted on the Department of Natural Resources and Parks website: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx
Seattle is well known for its food scene. Fresh, local food never seems far away. But in some Seattle neighborhoods healthy food choices aren’t as easy to come by. And one in five children in King County does not always having enough to eat. The city of Seattle, through the actions identified in the Food Action Plan, is working to address this unbalanced food chain by getting more healthy food options on more tables across the city.
City Light wants to increase enrollment in its Utility Discount Program to help low-income or senior customers. The program offers up to 60 percent discount on utility bills and a free home energy visit. About 13,000 people are currently in the program, but we know there are at least 20,000 people out there who would qualify. Those who are in the most need of the discount rate program are more likely to enroll with the help of a friend or family member. Here are three steps you can take:
1. Be aware of the program, learn more here.
2. Pass It On to three families or friends in your local community such as senior centers, food banks, school lunch programs, and nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged people).
3. Share it at work! If you are interacting with customers who might qualify, pass it on. If you are canvassing an area or doing community outreach and you need program flyers/posters to distribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write“Pass it On” on subject line.
Create your own park this September 20 from 9AM to 3PM!
PARK(ing) Day happens every third Friday in September and is an opportunity for artists, activists, and community members to temporarily make parking spaces into parks. The event raises awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city. It’s also a great way to raise awareness about about particular community group or initiative.
The deadline for park applications is August 30. SDOT has a webpage with more details including the permit requirements and contact information.
For more inspiration – visit the international PARK(ing) Day website.
Our children’s and grandchildren’s health is affected by our exposure to what we eat, our lifestyles, and our exposure to introduced chemicals in our environment. Find out more about new research in epigenetics at “Beyond Nature vs. Nurture: Our past becomes our children’s future.”
Sustainable Path Foundation presents the event on December 11 at 5:30 at Town Hall, 1119 9th Ave., Seattle.
Michael Skinner, PhD, will explain the science behind the latest epigenetics findings. Kelly Edwards, PhD, will discuss the ethical challenges they present. Richard Gayle, PhD, will moderate a discussion to answer questions about the opportunities and hazards that epigenetics research has uncovered for shaping healthy future generations.
Speakers: Kelly Edwards, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and core faculty for the Institute for Public Health Genetics. In May, Dr. Edwards was appointed acting associate dean for the 2012-13 academic year. Michael Skinner, PhD, is a professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University.
Register for the event here.