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Community leaders dedicated to tackling obesity in south King County by saying “I" CANN be a part of the solution!

As community and business leaders we have an undeniable impact on the health of those we serve. From our own families to our workforce and their families to the consumers and populations who are engaged with our organizations. Put simply, we are role models and also decision makers. Thank you to those who joined us at the leadership forum as we launched "I" CANN, an exciting south King County multi-city collaborative aimed at reducing the prevalence of obesity in kids and families. We heard from a panel of experts from King County Public Health, Seattle Children’s, Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, NFL Play 60 and key City and County resource leaders, all dedicated to transforming our south King County community into a place where families can thrive. We learned about the causes, barriers, influencers and consequences of obesity and began the discussion about solutions.

The leadership forum was just the beginning of the conversation. Now the real work begins. King County Public Health led a strategy session to help us collectively get our arms around the obesity epidemic and commit to opportunities that exist to make real, measurable impact. Over the coming weeks and months we will be convening workgroups based on the results of the session feedback, commitment forms and online portal development.

If you couldn't make it to the leadership forum and want to be involved, great! We would love for you to join us. Please contact us at I-CANN Team Leaders. Below is information about the I-CANN initiative as well as documents and the video from the Leadership Forum.

The "I" CANN mission is fourfold:

  1. Educate local city, school, business and faith-based leaders about obesity and the resulting chronic health issues as well as the alarming disparities that exist in south King County.
  2. Collaborate and engage with leaders to leverage current resources around activity and nutrition, identify and fill gaps in resources, and participate in policy development and support.
  3. Offer a comprehensive resource portal that ties together available options for outdoor activities, community sports & fitness, school sports, physical activity facilities, food assistance programs, nutrition and cooking classes, and education/tools for tracking activity and nutrition goals.
  4. Extensive outreach through local city, school, business and faith-based organizations to their constituents, identify those in need and provide a portal of activity and nutrition resources.

Obesity is an epidemic in south King County and we have the opportunity to make a genuine impact. As community leaders from a multitude of business, nonprofit, school and government sectors, we need your support to be successful. Let’s tackle obesity together to help ensure a healthier generation! 

Documents & Resources


View the "I" CANN kickoff video. 

View Dr. Jim Krieger's Powerpoint presentation on "The Big Picture: Obesity in South King County & Beyond"

"I" CANN Commitment Form

City Health Profiles