Back to School!

Aug 31, 2012 by

Back to School!

August 30, 2012

Summer is out and school is back in. Here at COPC, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to make school a healthier and safer environment. For example – over the summer, we had a huge opportunity to voice our opinions on keeping advertising of junk foods and unhealthy beverages out of Seattle Public Schools, AND we succeeded! To read more about the School Board’s deliberation, read our summary here.

For the 2012-2013 school year, we’re packing our issue “back packs” with two issues close to our hearts:

1) School lunches just got healthier. For the first time in 15 years, the USDA has raised its nutritional standards for school meals, including breakfast and lunch. As the school year gets under way, we’re hearing how school districts across the state are taking on the new changes. For a pretty neat video and information on how King County schools are raising the bar, visit Public Health King County’s website.

2) Kids and adults alike need space to learn and be active. Earlier this year, we released a toolkit for Washington State on “Shared Use” – the concept of maximizing public spaces. Examples can include anything from an afterschool programs like the YMCA using classrooms or playgrounds after hours to promote healthy minds and bodies, or adults being able to walk the track at their local school yard after work. Shared use is a fantastic way for a community to grow itself, and written agreements between the two entities sharing space can really help clarify any concerns over issues like liability and maintenance. For examples of shared use in Washington state and a step-by-step guide to forming shared use agreements, visit our new shared use web page.

If you live in Washington state and have witnessed good examples of shared use or healthy meals at your child’s school (or if your a kid yourself!), tell us about it at or at our Facebook page.

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