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FYI Communications 1.7.19



Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. The document also highlights new benefits of physical activity and tested strategies that can be used to get all Americans more active.

What’s New in the Guidelines?
  • Guidance for preschool-aged children (3-5 years)
  • Evidence for even more health benefits of physical activity
  • Discussion of sedentary behavior
  • Tested strategies for physical activity promotion
  • Removal of bout length requirement – every little bit counts!


  • Move Your Way campaign resources are designed to help explain the Guidelines to consumers. These resources include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations, along with tips for how to help people become more active.
  • Active People, Healthy Nation – Creating an Active America, Together break down five (5) action steps to improve physical activity within your program.


Healthy American Indian Alaska Native Seven Generations presentation. Learn more about how Tribes and Urban Indian Health Providers across Washington are working to improve patient experience, population, health, and lower health care costs.


Guide for Developing and Enhancing Skills in Public Health and Community Nutrition. The Guide is intended to help SNAP-Ed leaders develop even higher-performing teams. Includes resources that allow team members to improve knowledge and skills of various community health components, such as PSE, evaluation, leadership, communication, and cultural sensitivity. The Guide was developed with ASNNA input and uses the Social Ecological Model as a foundation, so the competencies, learning activities and resources can support SNAP-Ed practitioners from entry to management positions.


Create a SNAP-Ed indicator report for your County/area. This public portal will analyze over 30 of the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework indicators using secondary data sources and will create a report including numeric and graphic visualization.   The data can be assessed at a local, county, state or multi-state level.




USDA Publishes School Meals Final Rule. Changes include:

  • Provides the option to offer flavored, low-fat milk to children participating in school meal programs, and to participants ages six and older in the Special Milk Program for Children (SMP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP);
  • Requires half of the weekly grains in the school lunch and breakfast menu be whole grain-rich (was 100%); and
  • Provides more time to reduce sodium levels in school meals.


Recognizing Implicit Bias Can Reduce Inequities in Children’s Health. Implicit bias is the unconscious stereotypes (unconscious recording of a pattern) that influence our actions and decisions. Interested in learning how to address implicit bias in your work?

  1. First, accept that implicit bias happens and understand why.
  2. Next, identify your own conditioning.
  3. Then, change your approach to avoid reinforcing stereotypes.

Better Clinical Care for Obesity and Diet-Related Diseases Requires a Focus on Social Determinants of Health. Article discusses benefits of shifting clinical care from behavioral/individual focus to social determinants of health. Useful read if partnering, or interested in partnering, with physicians/medical clinics.


Should Childhood Trauma Be Treated as a Public Health Crisis? Article describing recent study that concludes cumulative childhood trauma exposure is associated with negative outcomes in health and functioning in adulthood.


SNAP Stories. A collection of stories about the critical support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides families and individuals across the country.




Investing in Food Grant. HFFI offers financial assistance to help healthy food retailers overcome higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved areas across the country. Targeted grants are available for eligible projects or partnerships that seek to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas.  All projects must accept, or plan to accept, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.


Voices for Healthy Kids. The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. Through this collaboration, and in working with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement. The initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up healthy. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance coordinated state, local, and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focused on healthy eating and active living. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children.




Train the Trainer Thursday, January 10 // 10- 11:30 am PT Hear from four guest presenters talk about their use of train-the-trainer models: Debbie Spink, Department of Health Community Health Worker Program (DOH’s program to train Community Health Workers); Meghan Jacobson, Spokane Regional Health District (Using a Community Health Worker model in low-income housing sites); Anna Kitchin, WSU King County (Training volunteers to lead food tastings at food pantries); Melissa Davis, WSU Thurston County (Training school teachers on physical activity breaks); and YOU! At the end of the call, there will be 30 minutes for discussion and questions. Please bring your own train-the-trainer stories to share!

Youth Voice and Engagement in Farm to School Thursday, January 10 // 10 – 11 am PT Engaging youth voice and leadership in farm to school initiatives is essential to advancing the movement and growing the next generation of food systems leaders. Join the National Farm to School Network and Shelburne Farms to celebrate youth engagement in farm to school projects and curriculum. Hear from educators and students from urban, suburban, and rural communities as they share how they are innovatively promoting healthier and more just food systems in their schools and communities through farm to school.

Planning Ahead for Community Eligibility: Basics, Tools, and Implementation Tips Thursday, January 10 // 12 – 1 pm PT Community eligibility is a huge success, reducing paperwork for schools and increasing school breakfast and lunch participation. School districts will need to decide if they want to opt in for the 2019-2020 school year by June 30, 2019. Deciding to implement takes time and requires collaboration among school administrators and sometimes involves getting approval from the school board—so it’s not too soon to start these conversations. This webinar will cover the basics of how community eligibility works, new FRAC resources to help your district implement, and implementation tips from community eligibility school districts.

Screen and Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults. Available online anytime. Health care providers, community-based partners, and students and interns can learn how to screen patients for food insecurity and connect them to key nutrition resources like SNAP. While the course focuses on adults 50+, much of the information and many of the strategies are relevant across the lifespan. Continuing education credits are available for those completing the course.

National SNAP-Ed Webinars There are several webinars on topics related to SNAP-Ed. Plus, Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians Registered can earn free continuing education credits.

Washington State SNAP-Ed Webinars Check back regularly for upcoming webinars hosted by Washington State SNAP-Ed.




Seattle King County Public Health Department is a REACH Grant recipient. CDC funds 31 recipients to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity) through culturally tailored interventions to address preventable risk behaviors (i.e., tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity). Seattle-King County will make healthy food more affordable and accessible by creating a purchasing cooperative of small ethnic grocers and food banks and working with food banks to adopt healthy nutrition standards. They will promote breastfeeding in workplaces and expand culturally appropriate breastfeeding services. They will help build capacity for bike, pedestrian, and transit projects for local governments to plan and design for their neighborhoods. They will work with pharmacists, community health workers, and other community-based organizations to strengthen referral patterns to culturally appropriate clinical and preventive care.