ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A
HEALTHY, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE!
The Chronic Disease Prevention program strives to prevent
chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, and heart
disease, among the men, women, and children of Thurston
County. We are highly committed to developing programs that
encourage behavior and community changes as a means to
support lifelong healthier living.
Changing the environment where people live, work, shop or
play to increase their access to moderate physical activity
like bicycling and walking is the aim of the Active
Communities project. Thurston County Public Health & Social
Services has been working with local governments and
neighborhoods to boost how walkable and bicycle-friendly our
communities are. These efforts include
Safe Routes to School
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works with
local partners to increase access to healthy foods
throughout the county.
Improved access to healthful foods such as fruits and
vegetables improves the consumption of them, in turn
decreasing the risk of chronic disease.
Community gardens contribute to the increased access
to and consumption of fruits and vegetables (Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention).
Healthy Child Weight
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services envisions
a community where Thurston County’s children and their
families are daily making healthy food choices and engaging
in regular physical activity. Also,
7-5-2-1-0 Project and
Healthy Child Weight Coalition.
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services leads a
project aimed at increasing access to healthier foods at two
local convenience stores in Thurston County low-income
neighborhoods. Recently two local farms have begun to sell
fresh produce at one of the stores in Olympia.
Partnerships with Health Care
Collaboration between public health and health care
providers ensures more support for prevention of chronic
disease and improved care for those who already have a
chronic disease. Thurston County Public Health &
Social Services works with providers in Thurston county on a
variety of projects, some of which are still in development.
Reducing Sodium for Health
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works
with worksites and local independent food service
establishments to reduce the sodium content of food choices
available to their employees and customers. Participants of
the Thurston County Reducing Sodium for Health project work
with a registered dietitian to make menu modifications that
reduce the overall sodium content of food choices. ....more
Safe & Active Routes to School
County Public Health & Social Services works together with
local partners to bring Safe Routes to School and related
projects to schools throughout the county.
The goal of the project is to increase the physical
activity among school-age children by encouraging, and
educating about, walking and bicycling to school as well
as traffic safety. ...more
Tobacco Prevention & Control
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services prevents
and controls tobacco use by ensuring compliance with both
the Smoking in Public Places and the Youth Access laws of
Washington State. ...more
Did you know that 92% of Thurston County
employed adults believe that physical activity and nutrition
have an impact on how well employees perform their job
Since most working adults spend more
than half their waking hours at work, employers have a
unique opportunity to impact employee health.
Having a healthy workforce has proven
benefits to employers with increased productivity, less
absenteeism, and improving overall morale.
For more information, contact Kateri Wimsett at (360)
867-2516 or send an
Steps to a Healthier WA
Thurston County was one of the recipients for Centers for
Disease Control Steps to a HealthierUS funding through
Washington State Department of Health. Thurston County
Steps launched several initiatives, including Active
Communities and WorkWell noted above, and developed a number
of strong partnerships.