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 email@example.com 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.