Our Grand Opening on Monday, June 15 gave us the opportunity to thank some of our key partners for moving the needle on a variety of initiatives. Without their patience, dedication, and tireless work toward transforming Eastern Washington into the state's healthiest region, we would not see the results in decreasing obesity, reducing uninsured, and increasing graduate medical education in Eastern Washington.
In 2011 we partnered with Cheney and Othello School Districts to launch our first initiative to reduce childhood obesity rates. The first two years showed both a decline in the percentage of overweight/obese students and an increase in revenue for the school districts' nutrition services. A sustainable switch to healthy scratch cooking and a variety of calorie-out strategies have continued to move the needle toward a healthier Eastern Washington!
Building on the success of our first three years of the obesity prevention program, we partnered with Spokane Public Schools starting in 2014, bringing the number of scratch-cooked meals in our 10 partner school districts to over 3 million per year!