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Washington Action for Healthy Kids is a statewide partnership dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children by supporting schools to educate the whole child, mind and body. We partner with students, families, schools, non-profits, businesses, state and federal agencies to improve access to nutrition, physical activity, and comprehensive health and physical education.  We aim to to ensure that all kids eat right, are active every day, ready to learn, and empowered to make healthy choices.  This is accomplished through the exchange of information; the creation and sharing of resources; and by enhancing represented organization's capacity to partner with students, families, and schools to improve school wellness.

School Grants for Healthy Kids: Breakfast Funding Still Available!

White Center Heights Elementary School in Seattle, for example, has one of the highest poverty rates in the local district with 98 percent of students qualifying for meals at no cost or at a reduced price. But, thanks to the School Grants for Healthy Kids program, every student now has access to breakfast in the classroom, at no cost, as soon as they arrive. School breakfast participation at the school has increased from 37 to 75 percent.“I think this program is great. These are hungry kids and the more chances they have to eat the better,” said Leslie Hunter, lead cook at the school. “It's not really more work for me, just different work. I rearranged my day a little and I don't really spend much more time doing breakfast than I used to.”

School Grants for Healthy Kids are open, please apply today!

Learning Connection Workshop Series

2014-15 School Year*:

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Washington School Breakfast Summit

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 9:00-2:00, John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98034, Auditorium

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. However, Washington State has some of the lowest breakfast participation rates in the country. Many schools maximize breakfast participation by providing breakfast to students after the first bell of the day. This interactive workshop focuses on the nuts of bolts of what is needed to get a "Breakfast After the Bell" program started in your school. Dayle Hayes, MS, RD will provide the keynote for the event, followed by a panel discussion of speakers from across the state who have successfully implemented "Breakfast After the Bell" programs in their schools, including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab 'n' Go Breakfast, and other alternative models. To round out the program, OSPI Child Nutrition Services and others will share important details on regulatory issues and finances of an alternative breakfast. Lunch will be providedContinuing Education Hours Available.

*We are still accepting sponsors for the 2014-15 school year Learning Connection Series. Please contact the state coordinater, Carolyn Kramer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

2013-14 School Year:

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Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards Workshops: (past workshop)

In response to a requirement of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA recently published interim nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in schools, beyond the federally-supported meal program; the Smart Snacks in School standards.  The new standards are designed to balance science-based guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus. Washington Action for Healthy Kids, Washington State Department of Health’s Community Transformation Grant, and OSPI Child Nutrition Services are partnering to provide training(below) and Mini-Grants on these new standards.

Breakfast After the Bell: A Nuts and Bolts Workshop (past workshop)

Final Agenda

Breakfast After the Bell Resource Sheet

Presentations:

WA AFHK Partners

Our partnership currently includes representatives from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public InstructionDepartment of Health Department of Agriculture , the Childhood Obesity Prevention CoalitionUniversity of Washington Center for Public Health and NutritionWashington Dairy CouncilWashington State University Extension,Community Schools CollaborationWashington Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and the Northwest Community Action Center.  Regional leaders currently represent Okanogon, Yakima, and King County. We are actively recruiting volunteers to support additional regions.

If you are interested in learning more about our partnership, and/or serving as a regional volunteer leader to support schools in your community, please contact our state coordinator, Carolyn Kramer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Goals

Our goals are to: 

  • Support healthy living and empower students, families, and school leaders to create positive changes in their school to impact health and educational success.
  • Support implementation of Coordinated School health
  • Increase access to comprehensive health and fitness education in all schools.
  • Promote school wellness programs such as: Team Nutrition,  Fuel Up to Play 60Students Taking ChargeFarm to School,  and Alliance to a Healthier Generation.
  • Recruit active volunteers across the state to help create healthy schools for our children.

Resources

 
 
 

Our Core Supporters