Healthy Communities

The Snohomish Health District’s Healthy Communities program works to prevent chronic diseases by supporting healthy places to live, work and play. Chronic diseases are the leading contributors to morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Promoting healthy living

We focus on changing policies, community systems, and environments to improve the overall community health of youth and adults, including reducing obesity-related disease. We promote the elimination of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. We work within systems to support the planning of walkable communities, improve food access and promote tobacco free policies for campuses, public housing, farmers markets and parks.

Current Snohomish County initiatives

The Healthy Communities program is currently focused on child care providers and supporting healthier behaviors for 20,000 Snohomish County kids in care. We are currently focused on child care providers and the communities of Darrington and Granite Falls, with a hope to expand to more regions of Snohomish County.

The Snohomish Health District also plays a key role in facilitating the Healthy Communities Coalition, which is comprised of the largest cities - Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Marysville - and many of the smaller jurisdictions. The coalition’s goal is to expand efforts throughout Snohomish County to promote healthy living and reduce behaviors that lead to obesity and chronic disease.

The community health improvement plan calls out specific strategies to address adult and youth obesity in Snohomish County, including the 5210 Campaign.

Community Progress

In Snohomish County, Snohomish Health District has:

  • Distributed 762 sets of training materials to early learning facilities (screen time, menu planning, physical activity, and healthy snacks and celebrations
  • Helped county child care providers with menu planning to meet FDA nutrition recommendations and CACFP guidelines for feeding children in the federal meal program
  • Worked with child care providers to promote healthy environments for young children, including providing resources to providers to create or improve screen time policies

In Darrington, Snohomish Health District has:

  • Facilitated a tobacco prevention mentor and media literacy program at Darrington High School
  • Helped at-need youth participate in organized sports and physical activities by removing financial barriers
  • Improved menus in Darrington for community meals and promoted family-style eating

To learn more about our many projects and efforts or to get involved, contact the Snohomish Health District.