Located in the upper Pacific Northwest, Washington state shares a border with Canada to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its largest city, Seattle, houses more than half of the state’s population and is known for its thriving tech industry and coffeehouse culture.
There is much for Washingtonians to be proud of about their state. But one fact that most would like to change is that more than a quarter of Washington’s young people are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Washington
In Washington, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
More than 640 schools serving nearly 369,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive. Since 2007, ten Washington schools have been recognized with National Healthy Schools Awards for their outstanding efforts.
We’ve also made it easier for more than 9,000 youth in 59 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.
Hear from school champions from just two of the many schools and districts we work with in Washington: Heritage High School, enrolled in the Healthy Schools Program since 2014; and Mark Morris High School, enrolled since 2014.
From Our Program Managers
Our Healthy Schools Program Managers work in Washington, supporting our work in schools. Hear from them about the impact we’re making in Washington.