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  Chronic Disease Prevention  


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.

Active Communities

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 projects. ...more

Community Garden

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).   ...more

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 ...more

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

Thurston 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 duties?

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. 

  • LiveWell is a chronic disease self-management workshop offered to adults living or working in Thurston County.

For more information, contact Kateri Wimsett at (360) 867-2516 or send an E-mail .

Other Projects

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. ...more

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This page last updated: 04/29/17