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King County
food & fitness Initiative (kcffi)

food & fitness

is an initiative of the
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
to create:

communities with
equal access
healthy, locally
grown food
safe and inviting
places for physical
activity and play.
why food & fitness?

The places we live, learn, work,

and play affect our health.

All children
deserve to grow
up in places that
support being

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Nine communities across

the country have been
selected to become models
Policy change of community change.
is an important They are forming local
collaboratives to improve
driver in
the health and quality of
transforming life in their communities
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King County Food and Fitness Initiative
Focus Communities who’s involved?

focus communities


is located in unique community located
southwest Seattle in unincorporated King
just north of White County, next to Seattle
Center and East of and north of Burien. Due
West Seattle. The to access to inexpensive,
ethnic and economic Delridge small commercial spaces
diversity of Delridge and the affordability of
is perhaps unrivaled nearby housing, White
within Seattle. Center has become a
White Center
welcoming gateway for
immigrants and refugees.

Eight local communities (Federal Way, Kent, SeaTac, Tukwila, White Center, Seattle:
Delridge/West Seattle, Seattle: Central Area, and Seattle: Beacon Hill/SE Seattle) were
identified as potential focus sites based on:
 size (fewer than 120,000 residents) and
 levels of obesity and related chronic diseases, poor diet, and physical inactivity.
White Center and Delridge were selected as the two focus communities based on their
demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and their plan to engage diverse residents
and community-based organizations.

kcffi collaborative partners

21 Acres  Acting Food Policy Council of Seattle and King County  Austin Foundation  Black Dollar Days Task Force  Cascade
Bicycle Club Education Foundation  Cascade Harvest Coalition  Center for Public Health and Nutrition, University of Washington 
Children's Alliance  Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center  Community Food Security Coalition  Community Health
Centers of King County  Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association  FareStart  Feet First  Food Lifeline  Full Circle
Farm  Futurewise  Good Food Strategies  Group Health Community Foundation  Hmong Farmers Association  International
District Housing Alliance  King County  King County 4-H Association  King County Agriculture Commission  King County Board
of Health  Mithun  Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance  Neighborhood House  Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic  Pacific Asian
Empowerment Program  Passages Northwest  PCC Natural Markets  Puget Sound Regional Council  Puget Sound School
Gardens Collaborative  Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers  REACH Coalition  Safe Futures Youth Center  City of
Seattle-Mayor's Office  City of Seattle-Department of Neighborhoods  City of Seattle-Office of Sustainability & Environment 
Seattle Chefs Collaborative  Seattle Indian Health Board  Seattle Tilth  Seattle Youth Garden Works  Sno-Valley Tilth  Solid
Ground  STEPS to Health King County  The Seattle Foundation  Transportation Choices Coalition  Treeswing  University of
Washington Center for Obesity Research  University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning, Urban Form Lab 
University of Washington Northwest Center for Livable Communities  Washington Health Foundation  Washington State Dept of
Agriculture Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program  Washington State Department of Health  Washington State University 
Washington State University Small Farms Program  White Center Community Development Association  YMCA of Greater Seattle
 Youngstown Cultural Arts Center  Youth Media Institute

Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

what are we doing?

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to plan implement and sustain
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the communities

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assessment work in Our two-year plan will focus on
the communities improving the policies, practices, and
systems that determine how food
arrives on our table and how our
communities are maintained and

Becoming a model for other communities around the country.

We are currently:
Assessing current assets and opportunities in the two focus communities
by conducting walking/biking audits, grocery store audits, and mapping food
and physical activity resources.
We have already:
 helped develop and pass state legislation Local farms, Healthy Kids to
increase access to locally grown food in schools
 contributed to developing the City of Seattle’s Local Food Action Initiative
test your food and fitness IQ

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