Children’s Health News

  • 2022 Outdoor Participation Report
    The Outdoor Industry Associations’ Outdoor Foundation has published the 2022 Outdoor Participation Report.  Outdoor participation continues to grow at record levels. More than half (54%) of Americans ages 6 and over participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2021, and the outdoor recreation participant base grew 2.2% in 2021 to 164.2M participants. This growing […]
  • Bike Helmet Use Remains High
    In early 2022 the King County (Washington State) Board of Health voted to repeal their all-ages bicycle helmet law.  This was a rare law requiring the use of bicycle helmets for all riders.  One of the arguments in favor of repeal was that the law not a top reason that most people choose to wear […]
  • BestStart Washington/Project Nature’s Commitment to Breaking Down Barriers Caused by Racial Inequality
      BestStart Washington is committed to ensuring that all children and youth in Washington State have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We recognize that entrenched structural racism is an unacceptable barrier to child health and potential. In our pediatric practices, we see first-hand the negative health outcomes that arise from racism including increased […]
  • Project Nature
    “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder Playing and exploring outdoors can improve a child’s overall health and wellbeing.  But not all children and families have access to nature​. ​Racism, economic inequality, and lack of awareness […]
  • Park Systems in the 100 Largest U.S. Cities Rated
    The Trust for Public Land Releases 2016 ParkScore® Index, Rating Park Systems in the 100 Largest U.S. Cities The Trust for Public Land “ParkScores are based on three factors: Park Access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park (approximately ½-mile); Park Size, which is based on a city’s […]
  • New Grant for BestStart Washington!
    BestStart Washington received a grant from the Washington State Department of Early Learning to support the Coalition for Safety and Health in Child Care (CSHEL) in connecting Infant Nurse Consultants, Head Start and ECEAP health professionals working throughout Washington state.