Seattle passes tax on sugary drinks

Two great advocacy stories in one week! Thanks to the incredible work of the Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition, the Seattle City Council voted to adopt a 1.75 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks that will increase funding for healthy food access, public health, early learning and education programs for communities most affected by the obesity and Type 2 diabetes [...]

Seattle Seahawk lends voice to stroke awareness

What a way to close out Stroke Month! Seattle Seahawk Bobby Wagner gave an interview to KOMO TV about his mother’s stroke and how it has affected his family. A short feature ran on KOMO News last week, with a longer segment on TV newsmagazine Seattle Refined. Bobby also cut a stroke PSA educating viewers about F.A.S.T, which will air [...]

Seattle Kids Cook With Heart

The Seattle Team hosted a very successful Kids Cook With Heart class – complete with outstanding media coverage! The program brings hands-on cooking instruction to the classroom with the goal of teaching elementary, middle and high school students about heart-healthy cooking. Regular feedback is that participants take it upon themselves to teach their parents what they’ve learned, and end up influencing [...]

Wear Red Day in the WSA

I was in awe of the beautiful pictures that came across my email this week. Enjoy this special pictorial edition of The WSA Why Bulletin, and thank you all for everything you did to make Wear Red Day an astounding success!

National Walking Day in the WSA

It was another fantastic National Walking Day in the Western States Affiliate. From engaging new walkers to celebrating with seasoned ones – it was a day to celebrate health and activity in our affiliate and across the country. Inland Empire - In the Inland Empire, more than 30 public and private organizations observed National Walking Day, among them the [...]

Lifestyle Change Inspirations

If you have worked with the Western States Affiliate for more than a few years you may recognize our next female superstar, Chef Kirsten Helle, a Seattle, WA volunteer with an incredible lifestyle change story. She grew up with a love of food and a family history of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. With a burgeoning family [...]

Seattle Kids Cook Up Healthy Dishes

Our Kids Cook With Heart program has garnered some well-deserved attention in Seattle! The program was recently featured on KING TV news. Spokesperson volunteer and dietician Amy Reuter touched on the reason why this program is so important, sharing that research has shown is that if kids are exposed to cooking and being involved in the process, they are more [...]

Healthcare pros crowd QSI workshop in Seattle

Over 170 healthcare professionals from throughout Washington tallied some 1,105 continuing education credits at our recent Cardiovascular and Stroke Workshop in Seattle. Congratulations to Elizabeth Peterson, Ellen Friedman and Joel Liu for outstanding work in organizing the two-day event. It was the largest Get With The Guidelines workshop ever held in Washington. Workshops like this provide an environment for learning through [...]

Multicultural Executive Breakfast rallies Seattle business leaders

When distinguished business leaders gathered recently in Seattle for our inaugural Multicultural Executive Breakfast Panel, the focus was on promoting health equity and reducing health disparity among all Americans, especially in the workplace. More than 120 guests heard insights on the Economics of Health & Wellness: Past, Present and Future. The event’s success was driven by the Puget Sound division’s [...]

Taking corporate engagement and volunteering to the next level!

You may remember from our March 20th post that we have really increased our focus on corporate volunteerism and engagement this past year. We’re working hard to find new ways to engage company employees in our mission. We know that effective employee volunteer programs can raise employee morale, boost health and increase employee loyalty. We want to ensure corporate volunteers [...]