Nutrition and health
What we choose to eat can have a direct affect on our ability to enjoy life to its fullest. This is true for everyone, despite his or her age and current health
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program
WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge.
Growing produce and community at Elk Run Farm
Food banks in South King County serve 30,000 families a month, but fresh produce can be hard to come by. Our partner, Elk Run Farm, is changing that, and growing community in Maple Valley in the process.
Farmers markets: Not just about the $12 tomato
Farmers markets are sometimes perceived as a great way to buy fresh produce – if you have a lot of disposable income. But in King County, they are a symbol of public health and sustainability. At Public Health, we touch farmers markets in a number of ways, from food safety oversight to creating infrastructure that helps everyone access locally grown and healthy foods and contribute to our local economy.
Our food choices play a major role in:
- Promoting and maintaining good health;
- Promoting optimal growth in infants, children and adolescents;
- Preventing many chronic diseases (like heart disease and diabetes) and treating others; and,
- Speeding recovery from injuries and surgery.
Learn more about nutrition services and guidelines by clicking on the options below.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
USDA food groups
Healthy eating for children
Cook once, eat twice
Budgeting for food
Healthy diet steps
Healthy choices for non-cooks
Healthy choices for vegetarians
Healthy choices for meetings
Healthy vending guidelines
Farms and Food Roundtable
Healthy foods here programming
Public Health Nutrition blog